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The first in a series of annual art books featuring exclusive new fantasy illustrations by Hugo Award winning artist, Julie Dillon.
The first in a series of annual art books featuring exclusive new fantasy illustrations by Hugo Award winning artist, Julie Dillon.
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Update 8/7/14

 I am very excited to announce that Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has created a new hand-blended perfume oil based on the "Scholars' Tower" artwork!     

 SCHOLARS' TOWER: 

"Gleaming amber spheres, polished cedar and mahogany, sweet parchment, inks of frankincense ash, and soft plumes of incense."

The "Scholars' Tower" perfume oil is presented in a 5ml amber apothecary vial, and is available as follows:

  • $45: BPAL "Scholar's Tower" perfume oil blend + one 11x14" print of Scholar's Tower (plus digital rewards)
  • $60: BPAL Scholar's Tower" perfume oil blend + one copy of Imagined Realms: Book 1 (plus digital rewards)
  • $65: BPAL Scholar's Tower" perfume oil blend + one Signed copy of Imagined Realms: Book 1 (plus digital rewards)

 (Note that the books and artwork will ship separately from the perfume.) If you've already pledged but would like to also purchase the Scholars' Tower perfume oil, you can either switch your pledge, or contact me through Kickstarter about adding it to your order. Deepest thanks to Elizabeth Barrial and Brian Constantine at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab for their help and for collaborating with me on this!

Update 8/4/2014: 

We hit the 2nd stretch goal of $25,000!! That means everyone’s print orders will now come with an additional thank-you postcard, featuring an exclusive new picture that I’m making which will only be printed on the cards and never posted online. :)  More announcements to come!

Also: New Backer Reward! There were request for individual prints, so now there is a $20 option that lets you choose any two 11x14 prints. 

Update:  We've reached the first stretch goal at $20,000! Thank you so much!! Everyone will have an additional PDF book of process sketches of some of my older works added to their order. :)  More updates on the way; stay tuned! 

My name is Julie Dillon and I'm the creator of Imagined Realms: Book 1, which is the first in a series of annual art books that I am illustrating and self-publishing. Each book contains 10 all-new illustrations made exclusively for each book!

I got into art because I love to create, to see the world in new ways, and to stir the imagination of others. I have long wanted to start putting together my own books and work on more personal projects. "Imagined Realms" gives me the opportunity to spend more time creating my own illustrations and projects, and also gives me the chance to create more illustrations that feature positive and diverse representations of women. 

Each book will have it's own theme. The art in Book 1 is all fantasy themed, and Book 2 (which is currently in development) will be science fiction themed. 

I am launching this Kickstarter to pay for the cost of getting the books printed. It will also give me the ability to create the content for Book 2. Currently, the print book will be available exclusively through kickstarter.

The books will be 22-page 9.5" x 12" softcover books, each page printed on sturdy gloss-coated cardstock. Included in the book are the ten new illustrations, plus multiple sketches and progress shots for each illustration. In addition to the printed book, I'm also offering digital downloads, prints and giclees.

All the artwork will be available to license for use as cover art by independent authors and small publishers. With each book I produce, I'll be creating a larger library of available art for other creators to license for use, at a fraction of the cost of commissioning a custom piece. 

Here are the giclees available to choose from, featuring all the artwork from the book: 

The printed book and the two print packs are Kickstarter exclusives. If you want a copy of Imagined Realms: Book 1, or either of the print packs, please buy them now. The PDFs and process videos, will be made available for purchase on my website after the Kickstarter is complete. Any remaining limited edition giclees will also be available to purchase online as well. 

All the books, cardstock prints, and giclees will all be produced at local family-owned print shops. 

Stretch Goals: 

**We made it to 20,000!! :)** +If we reach $20,000, I will add an additional PDF of process sketches of some of my older works to everyone's order.

+At $25,000, I will add exclusive thank-you postcard to all print orders.

 +At $30,000, I will add a 2nd video download showing the process for the illustration "Downtime" to all orders $15 and up. 

 +At $50,000, I will add an additional new illustration to the book and print packs. 

+More to come! 

The artwork has been completed. I just need to get the books and art printed and into your hands! 

Special Thanks to SiriusBeatTV for letting me use their music on my video.

Risks and challenges

All the artwork is completed, the PDFs are formatted, the books laid out, and the videos made, so the greatest risk is a delay in production and shipping. To be on the safe side, I've accounted for potential delays in the estimated delivery dates. I've built my career on a foundation of delivering work on time, so I promise I will do everything I can to deliver the final product to you as quickly as I can.

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    A bundled set of 6x8" prints featuring each of the 10 illustrations from Book 1, plus a video of my digital painting process and a PDF copy of Book 1. This is a Kickstarter exclusive.

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    Choose any TWO 11"x14" prints from the artwork in Imagined Realms: Book 1. (For reference, the available artwork is shown further down the page. You can specify which two prints you'd like in the backer reward survey that will go out after the kickstarter ends). You will also receive a video of my digital painting process and a PDF copy of Imagined Realms: Book 1.

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    Both the 6x8" print collection and a copy of the printed book of Imagined Realms: Book 1. Plus a video of my digital painting process and a PDF copy of Book 1. This is a Kickstarter exclusive.

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    A bundled set of 11x14" prints featuring each of the 10 illustrations from Book 1, plus a video of my digital painting process and a PDF copy of Imagined Realms: Book 1. This is a Kickstarter exclusive.

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    BPAL + Print: One 5ml bottle of the "Scholars' Tower" perfume oil from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, plus one 11x14" print of the Scholars' Tower artwork, a video of my digital painting process, and a PDF copy of Book 1. Perfume and art print will ship separately.

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    BPAL + Book 1: One 5ml bottle of the "Scholars' Tower" perfume oil from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, plus one copy of the printed book of Imagined Realms: Book 1, a video of my digital painting process, and a PDF copy of Book 1. Perfume and book will ship separately. (Note: Add $15 to include the 6x8" print pack, or $40 to include the 11x14" print pack.)

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    BPAL + Signed copy of Book 1: One 5ml bottle of the "Scholars' Tower" perfume oil from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, plus one SIGNED copy of the printed book of Imagined Realms: Book 1, a video of my digital painting process, and a PDF copy of Book 1. Perfume and book will ship separately. (Note: Add $15 to include the 6x8" print pack, or $40 to include the 11x14" print pack.)

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    "Scholar's Tower": One limited edition hand numbered and signed 20x24" giclee print of "Scholar's Tower." This is a run of 200 giclees per illustration, and is a one-time printing. You also will receive one copy of the printed version of Imagined Realms: Book 1, a video of my digital painting process and a PDF copy of Book 1. The book and giclee will be shipped separately. (Note: Add $15 to include the 6x8" print pack, or $40 to include the 11x14" print pack.)

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    *"Faerie Garden"*: One limited edition hand numbered and signed 20x24" giclee print of "Faerie Garden." This is a run of 200 giclees per illustration, and is a one-time printing. You also will receive one copy of the printed version of Imagined Realms: Book 1, a video of my digital painting process and a PDF copy of Book 1. The book and giclee will be shipped separately. (Note: Add $15 to include the 6x8" print pack, or $40 to include the 11x14" print pack.)

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    "Taking Flight": One limited edition hand numbered and signed 20x24" giclee print of "Taking Flight." This is a run of 200 giclees per illustration, and is a one-time printing. You also will receive one copy of the printed version of Imagined Realms: Book 1, a video of my digital painting process and a PDF copy of Book 1. The book and giclee will be shipped separately. (Note: Add $15 to include the 6x8" print pack, or $40 to include the 11x14" print pack.)

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    "Fortune's Favored": One limited edition hand numbered and signed 20x24" giclee print of "Fortune's Favored." This is a run of 200 giclees per illustration, and is a one-time printing. You also will receive one copy of the printed version of Imagined Realms: Book 1, a video of my digital painting process and a PDF copy of Book 1. The book and giclee will be shipped separately. (Note: Add $15 to include the 6x8" print pack, or $40 to include the 11x14" print pack.)

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    "Treetops": One limited edition hand numbered and signed 20x24" giclee print of "Treetops." This is a run of 200 giclees per illustration, and is a one-time printing. You also will receive one copy of the printed version of "Imagined Realms: Book 1," a video of my digital painting process and a PDF copy of Book 1. The book and giclee will be shipped separately. (Note: Add $15 to include the 6x8" print pack, or $40 to include the 11x14" print pack.)

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    "Menagerie": One limited edition hand numbered and signed 20x24" giclee print of "Menagerie." This is a run of 200 giclees per illustration, and is a one-time printing. You also will receive one copy of the printed version of "Imagined Realms: Book 1," a video of my digital painting process and a PDF copy of Book 1. The book and giclee will be shipped separately. (Note: Add $15 to include the 6x8" print pack, or $40 to include the 11x14" print pack.)

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    "Downtime": One limited edition hand numbered and signed 20x24" giclee print of "Downtime." This is a run of 200 giclees per illustration, and is a one-time printing. You also will receive one copy of the printed version of "Imagined Realms: Book 1," a video of my digital painting process and a PDF copy of Book 1. The book and giclee will be shipped separately. (Note: Add $15 to include the 6x8" print pack, or $40 to include the 11x14" print pack.)

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    "Last Stand": One limited edition hand numbered and signed 20x24" giclee print of "Last Stand." This is a run of 200 giclees per illustration, and is a one-time printing. You also will receive one copy of the printed version of "Imagined Realms: Book 1," a video of my digital painting process and a PDF copy of Book 1. The book and giclee will be shipped separately. (Note: Add $15 to include the 6x8" print pack, or $40 to include the 11x14" print pack.)

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    "Sun Shepardess": One limited edition hand numbered and signed 20x24" giclee print of "Sun Shepardess." This is a run of 200 giclees per illustration, and is a one-time printing. You also will receive one copy of the printed version of "Imagined Realms: Book 1," a video of my digital painting process and a PDF copy of Book 1. The book and giclee will be shipped separately. (Note: Add $15 to include the 6x8" print pack, or $40 to include the 11x14" print pack.)

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    "Slumbering Naiad": One limited edition hand numbered and signed 20x24" giclee print of "Slumbering Naiad." This is a run of 200 giclees per illustration, and is a one-time printing. You also will receive one copy of the printed version of "Imagined Realms: Book 1," a video of my digital painting process and a PDF copy of Book 1. The book and giclee will be shipped separately. (Note: Add $15 to include the 6x8" print pack, or $40 to include the 11x14" print pack.)

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    Collector's Level: Limited Edition numbered and signed 20x24 giclee prints of all 10 illustrations. These giclees are part of the limited run, but you will get one of the lower numbers (1 through 10) for each giclee. You also get one signed copy of the Imagined Realms: Book, both the 6x8" and 11x14" sets of bundled prints, a video of my digital painting process and a PDF copy of Book 1. (Note: the giclees will be shipped separately from the rest of the order).

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