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By MIchael van den Bosch
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About this project

Hey Everybody!

My name is Michael van den Bosch and I'm a Character Artist. I've been drawing character concepts professionally for over 21 years now.

I need €35.000 to make this unique hardcover full color Freakbook. The book is being drawn by me and is scheduled to be finished in de early months of 2018, and shipped to backers at the end of May 2018. Thank you for your time. Hope you will consider pledging to help fund this project.

Like I said; I've been drawing over 21 years now as a self-employed artist. "There ain't nothing sweeter, really". Everyday I start with a blank piece of paper and create a 'new' concept character from scratch (let's call it; 'Morning warm-ups' or 'Daily's').

Now for me to make more time free, doing what I love to do, which is design 'freaky' characters non stop and create my very own FREAKBOOK, I need your support.

I know it's a high set goal, but if I hit my goal, I can fully concentrate on my very own FREAKBOOK. Meaning I will have the time to create "NOTHING BUT FREAKS!"

Why a copyright free book?
Good question.
For one, I want these concepts (freaks) to get a life after I created them. Sometimes I forget how much characters I've got lying around in my studio (room), which I know will not have one. So, take one (or ten) of the concepts you like and turn 'm into a 3D character. Rig them. Animate them. Put them in a film, game, app or do whatever you like with 'm. Remember, these are just concepts (my vision) sketches and I know you can take any of 'm to a next level. They will be even better when this happens, because usually teamwork or brainstorming with more minds will result in more appealing and clear (easy to read) concept art.

If I don't make this a copyright free book, I just know nobody will touch them. And the concepts will stay where they are. But by making it copyright free the chance is way bigger to see those little rascalls back someday, and it'll for sure put a big smile on my face. Could be I don't recognize 'm when I do, but I bet I would be like, hmm.. do I know you?

So... don't worry about me saying; Hey, that's my concept art (character design)! Won't happen! And I don't want you to just like the book or fancy those concepts, I want you to push them to a higher level! Bring them to life. And yes, this goes also for the zombies! Hahaha!

And two, I just wanted to do something different from all the other books out there! :)

So, can I place a concept from the book on a t-shirt and sell it?

Yes. In all honesty.. If I can make a living by selling and producing this (Freak)book and provide food on the table for my wife and child, then I'm a happy man!

Is the logo also Free?

No. It's my Brand(name). Those rights I have reserved! :D

When will the book be released?

The book will be released one year after it's funding date. The day the book get's funded, I'll start working on it. But to give you an answer; Release (shipping) date Freakbook; 31-05-2018.

Timeline

This FREAKBOOK will be produced in the second half of 2017, and the early months of 2018. Delivered to backers as shown above; end of May 2018.

Released next year?? I thought the book was done?

Yes, the content of the book is done. All sketches and concepts are lined up. I've really made quit a bunch of sketches in my time, some go back a couple of years and some are born last week. I'd like to take my time to re-do and strengthen these sketches/designs. I think its good to step back and leave a concept for a day or even longer. When seeing the concept again, you almost always see something on it which could be better or could use some more appealing proportions, or some additional touch-ups/finalization. That's what I'll be doing in this year of book-making, plus I just know I'll always come up with some new character concepts during this production, which I'll also include of course.. From the moment this book get's funded, I will start Re-doing sketches and create new designs. I'm planning to include 300 character concepts in the book. Critters, zombies, and all kind of freaks. There will be heads(shots), busts and full body designs. The book will be unique. There will be (that's what I'm aiming for anyway) 250 books, in high quality and full color, so yes you can call it limited. The layout of the book will be done by another artist, which also has it's piece of percentage in the money buildup (production).

 

FREAKBOOK details

A4 - 21 x 29,7 cm
Durable Hardcover
Fullcolor 4/4
About 100 pages

Expenses

Basically, just above half of the funds are going to the production of the content, and the other half is getting the books printed and shipped plus fees.

Here's a breakdown to explain:

Printing/Shipping/Handling (48%): €16.800 This covers getting the books printed, packing up the books and shipping charges. International (all) orders will all be sent FIRST CLASS, packed in a bubble wrap sleeve, in a heavy duty cardboard case.
Production (43%): €15.050 This covers my time drawing/creating the book, hiring/paying a layout artist, building the book and getting it ready for print.
Fees (9%): €3.150 This covers all included fees.

The following Reward images (below) include concepts on the postcards, original sketch and illustration. These are merely for displaying purposes. Final designs are still in production and not yet decided on.

THANK YOU!

Thank you all so much for taking the time to check out my campaign. And thank you Kickstarter for giving creative artists like me the opportunity to fulfill our dreams. By backing this Kickstarter, you're helping a unique book get made, and supporting a dedicated artist, building his independent career.

Risks and challenges

Since this is my first Kickstarter campaign, I fully recognize that unforseen issues or hickups might pop up. I always work with the same reliable print company, which has never let me down. They always deliver high quality products within the desired deadline...

So I'm confident that any potential problem will be dealt with quickly an professionaly. I understand people trust me in getting all things done in time, so I try to be as transparant as possible, displaying production and showing regular updates. Also if any pickup appears, I will notify backers asap. Because getting/keeping the book on schedule is my number one priority.

If you have any questions at all about this FREAKBOOK or campaign, please do contact me.
Regards,
Michael

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