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A catalog of characters, crafted and played by the same person.
A catalog of characters, crafted and played by the same person.
55 backers pledged $2,560 to help bring this project to life.

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About the project:
Universe of One is an ambitious portrait project by artist and photographer Cheyne Gallarde. It's an ever-expanding catalog of characters all played by one man. Using only makeup, wardrobe and lighting tricks, Cheyne transforms himself into a rainbow of people, each with their own personalities and presence.

Universe of One was inspired by the work of Cindy Sherman. It is an attempt to connect humanity in an artistic and conceptual way, by examining how we are different, yet so similar in many ways. 

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The project started out as a blog, but will expand to print and will also travel to Contemporary Art galleries around the US and Asia.

Where will my funding go?
All of the funds raise will go towards the creation of new work -- new wigs, new makeup, new wardrobe (from thrift stores) will be acquired to transform into new characters. Funds will also go towards printing costs for the postcards and the books themselves. Any bonus funds will go towards photo competition entry fees and marketing efforts to bring the traveling exhibit to a gallery near you!

About the book:
This book will contain all the character portraits created in addition to some behind the scenes photos, concept sketches and even a makeup tip or two. A special section in the book will be dedicated to Kickstarter backers. This section will featuring photos of the artist as the backers themselves, officially making you part of his universe.

About Cheyne:
Cheyne Gallarde is an award-winning photographer whose vintage fashion is immediately recognizable. His work is a potent fusion of fashion and time travel and has appeared in local and international publications. You can view more of his work at www.firebirdphoto.com

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge will be creating the diverse portraits of the Kickstarter backers in the short amount of time allotted, but it will be done. Portraying each backer is important because it elevates the interactivity and gratification to a whole new level. Plus, who doesn't want a caricature portrait of themselves?

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    CHEERLEADER
    Your name will be included in the finished book as thanks. I'll even draw a heart around it because I love you.

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    PENPAL PACKAGE
    A postcard of one of the characters, signed by the artist AND the character!

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    PENPAL PLUS PACKAGE
    3 Postcards from 3 different characters, signed by the artist and the characters.

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    TWINSIES PACKAGE
    A portrait of the artist posing as YOU. Cheyne will use hair, makeup and wardrobe to pose as YOU for a portrait.

    You will receive a JPG file of the final image and will be included in a special section of the book.

    + a PDF version of the full book.

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    TWINSIES PLUS PACKAGE
    Everything in the TWINSIES package above + a paperback version of the finished book!

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    BFF (Best Friends Forever!) PACKAGE
    Everything in the TWINSIES package above.
    + Hardcover version of the book
    + 3 signed postcards from the characters

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