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Idle Thumbs was a podcast that ran for two years. People liked it, and we liked doing it. We want to bring it back, better than before.
Idle Thumbs was a podcast that ran for two years. People liked it, and we liked doing it. We want to bring it back, better than before.
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Artwork Update! Feast your eyes!

Three days left! Wow. Graham Annable, Vincent Perea and Campbell White are all well down the road to penciling/inking/painting incredible pieces of art for us (and you!) and we thought it was about time to show you their progress.

Below you'll find the refined pencil sketches (being taken to their final form as we type!) for both the art prints and the EP album cover along with background examples of the respective works that served as style reference when working with the artists. Hopefully these in-progress works and their associated anecdotes will get you as amped up to receive your reward as we were when the jpegs hit our inbox.

And remember, if you love these as much as we think you will, you can adjust your pledge at any time up until 8pm PST Wednesday to get your hands on them.

When we asked Vincent if he'd be interested in doing something for the Kickstarter, the first two words he said were "space" and "asshole." And even after a couple weeks of tossing around concepts, he kept coming back to Chris's original Idle Thumbs song of the same name. If there are two things Vincent loves to watercolor it's the majesty of space and folks being jerks. Herein you will find both.

This is the pencil sketch Vincent is using to watercolor his masterpiece. If you listened in on our third progresscast, he outlines his technique and you can see some of his final work on his website. We'll be printing this at a fantastic shop in the SF area at 11x14 (subject to change based on final dimensions).

Graham has drawn a hilarious wizard. Gaze, dear reader, into the life of this wizard has he goes about a normal day. His print set, inspired by the concept of a "shitty wizard," has become something more complex, as his work always does. Sean and Jake have had witnessed Graham's process first when as co-creative designers on his Puzzle Agent iOS games. Above you'll see the four rapid-fire rough pencils that nailed the concept before inking and watercoloring.  We'll be printing these at the same SF area print shop and they'll be delivered as a set of 4 printed on 5x7 paper.   

We first came upon Campbell Whyte thanks to his 8-Bit Dreams series featured on his personal website. Then after poking around we discovered his surrealist cube-based reinterpretations of oft-overlooked Zelda lore and knew he would fashion us an amazing EP cover. Here are the pencils and as you can see, he did not disappoint.

This piece will be shipping as the actual album artwork for both the digital and hard-copy EP.


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      James McLaughlin on March 20, 2012

      I'm seriously tempted to go for that $100 pledge for the space asshole print...

    2. Vincent Lynch on March 20, 2012

      Wish I could afford to pledge more but as a college student with no income... I just cant.

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      Matthew Waegelin on March 20, 2012

      Urrrrg....have to get all the art. Biting some bullets and taking this to $200.

    4. Ravenlight on March 19, 2012

      I should have made that a haiku.

    5. Ravenlight on March 19, 2012

      Upgraded to Shitty Wizard Tier; not looking back. And I'm Nick Breckon.

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      afroofdoom on March 19, 2012

      I'm so tempted to drop the extra $50 for the 'Shitty Wizard', they all look so good!

    7. Thomas Karoliussen on March 19, 2012

      This update made me double my pledge, I can't wait to get Space Asshole up on my wall!

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      Pietari Seppänen on March 19, 2012

      I'm not getting any of these, so this post only makes me sad! They look spectacular though.