I am a Toy Designer and Concept Artist looking to launch my 1st art book entitled "Don't wake up...you are about to start dreaming"
About me and the project:
Hello all you cool Kickstarters! My name is Joe MacCarthy. I am a Dad, Toy Designer, and Dreamer living in Oakland, CA. I have been designing toys and products for about 17 years. I graduated with a degree in Industrial Design from UW-Stout in 1994.
At the tail end of 2009, I started studying and executing Concept Art with all of my available steam. I have been working like a mad-man and staying inspired with the help of some of my heroes like Daniel Simon, H.R Giger, Syd Mead, Scott Robertson, Salvador Dali, Ashley Wood, Glenn Barr, Mark Ryden and all the "cool cats" on Coroflot.
I have been "on the board" doing this artwork mostly digitally along with my camera, a few permanent markers and my ultra supportive wife. To learn new methods and grow in new ways I have had the chance to attend a few concepting workshops at Gnomon Workshops in Hollywood, CA. I practice and sketch whenever I can get a chance. ( It is usually when my kids are sleeping so Shhhhhhhh..)
With all of this practicing, studying and experimenting on my patio and in my studio (above image) I have put together hundreds of images in my portfolio. Last October I had my first gallery show at Ruby’s Cafe just up the street from Pixar Studios and I have another two shows in the area locked & loaded. The show was a great success with the selling a lot of the show and I also had some nice offers to do some commission work.
In late October of 2011 I was also lucky enough to be one of the six desigers featured in the Blurb Genius Gallery on Coroflot. My portfolio was selected from out of over 200,000 outstanding global portfolios. Shortly after being entered into the gallery Coroflot did a cool article on my initial book launch through Blurb. *The book I laid out through Blurb was way too expensive, they keep the money, and their business model is not intended for mass production.
Why I need you...
I want to put a book out on the market called "Don't wake up...you are about to start dreaming." (hit this link to see a video of the book pages being flipped) It will feature the greatest hits of my first few years of artwork. It will showcase over 307 tasty images showing the ways in which I play, experiment and think, and expose my process for a few projects. I will also give you a laugh or two along the way.
I really want this book to be available and affordable. Not only to designers and art students but libraries, local book stores, and for free to local High Schools and Junior High Schools to promote this career choice and the arts in general. The first press of this book would also be a limited edition and I would run around 1,000- 1,250 copies. I plan on selling this book for around 25-30 dollars if this is funded. If it is not funded the book will not happen. 1,000 copies is the magic minimum number of books that I need to do for any publisher to touch it.
Limited Edition 5 x 7 Postcards:
Limited Edition 8 x 10 Prints:
"Vitruvian Echoes" Black Tee:
*Shipping is free on all items shipped in the USA. Purchases outside of the USA will be charged actual shipping fees to that location.
Book Image Samples
Yes! I will have 2-3 images broken down to show and explain different techniques in stages from initial sketch / idea to final illustration.
All products that are shipped to the USA will be shipped for FREE!! Actual shipping will be charged if it is shipped outside of the USA. I will let you know what it is when I swing by the post office.
If the project is funded I will send you a message to confirm. I can also send you a high resolution image of the selections so you are sure you got the right one!