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Melvin McGeeBy Melvin McGee
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Melvin McGeeBy Melvin McGee
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$10,776
pledged of $8,000pledged of $8,000 goal
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56hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, February 26 2019 2:16 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Introduction 

  This hardcover book will include over 200 images of Melvin McGee's oil paintings.   It has always been a dream of Melvin to publish his art in a book. So much so he has been carefully documenting each original digitally for the last 18 years. And now is the time to put them all together in a collective book.  

  Melvin defines his art as whimsical surrealism, a combination of his two types of painting styles. He has always been a huge fan of children’s books and the oil paintings of the Great Masters. 


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Every painting or print is hand crafted with care and attention.  The recognizable style of his smooth, clean, crisp lines, blending, use of vibrant colors, humor are the reason people love his art.    


Want to see some secret art?
Want to see some secret art?
Melvin's Art Show Booth
Melvin's Art Show Booth

The Project

This Hardcover Book has been a vision of Melvin’s ever since he opened his first Salvador Dali book in 1996. It will serve as a catalog of the first chapter of his fruitful art career. 

The Art Prints are printed by Melvin with state of the art technology and archival inks. Melvin’s canvas prints have been raved about for years. The color and finishing of them make them almost indistinguishable from the original oil painting. That’s because Melvin applies the same care and craft into each one as if it were the original. 

 Book: Concept 

Cover
Cover
Inside
Inside
Inside (full page spread)
Inside (full page spread)

Melvin has been busy editing and laying out the book.  Each painting has been professionally photographed using the best image capturing equipment available.  It is Melvin's goal to make sure this book is of the highest quality. 

Project Timeline

  • November  2018: Melvin decides to go for it
  • January 2019: Images are uploaded into printing software, layout continues
  • January 2019: Kickstarter Campaign
  • March 2018: Visual concept layout complete, art prints made 
  • April 2019: Art prints shipped, first draft of full book layout complete
  • April 2019: Final book delivered to the printer
  •  May 2019: Book made 
  • July 2019: Book ships

Delivery

All contributors will receive digital updates on the project progress

For the Hardcover Book, contributors will receive a form a few days after the campaign closes to identify their name for the book, should they choose to.  Names must be received by the time design is finalized in late February.  We reserve the right to edit or omit any names.  The book is anticipated to ship in July 2019. 

For the art prints, contributors will receive a form a few days after the campaign closes to select their prints.  Prints will be shipped in April 2019.  

Original Plus Book Deal 

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These pictures were taken before I completely finished them. They are all mostly done, I'm just waiting for them to dry before I upload newer pictures. They are crisper and richer in color. 

Best Deal!  Original Oil Painting 8" x 10" plus Book $165
Best Deal! Original Oil Painting 8" x 10" plus Book $165

These are some of the original oil paintings that you will be able to choose from under the Best Deal Level. First come first choice.  Choices will be determined by order of pledges.  This is a rare opportunity to get your hands on an actual original painting.  


Art Prints

All produced by Melvin McGee

 Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas

You can choose anyone of these prints plus more (click image to see full gallery of prints)
You can choose anyone of these prints plus more (click image to see full gallery of prints)
Break Fast  (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
Break Fast (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
The Man Upstairs (Available in Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
The Man Upstairs (Available in Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
Creation (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
Creation (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
Blue Band Trio (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
Blue Band Trio (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
Coloring Outside The Lines (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)
Coloring Outside The Lines (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)
Cowasaki (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)
Cowasaki (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)
Happy Frog  (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
Happy Frog (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
Major Major Tom Cat (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)
Major Major Tom Cat (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)
Friends Of The Purple People Eater (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)
Friends Of The Purple People Eater (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)
Snack Attack (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
Snack Attack (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
Alien Ark (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
Alien Ark (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
Tasty Delicious Peanuts (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
Tasty Delicious Peanuts (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
The Slow Moving Creatures Quickly Became Friends (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
The Slow Moving Creatures Quickly Became Friends (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
Secret Jungle (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)
Secret Jungle (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)
Toying With Cats (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
Toying With Cats (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
Bubbles (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)
Bubbles (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)
Damsel In Distress (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)
Damsel In Distress (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)
The Great Escape (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
The Great Escape (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
Gently Down The Stream (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)
Gently Down The Stream (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)
All The World's A Stage (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
All The World's A Stage (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas)
The Story Teller (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)
The Story Teller (Available in Small Canvas, Medium Canvas, Large Canvas, Extra Large Canvas)

Custom Original Oil Painting

Below is a recent example of a Custom Oil Painting Melvin did. They do take a long time with many renderings/ drafts.  Melvin will work with you one on one, to brain storm and come up with concepts.  After the initial draft is finalized, he will email you a line drawing with mocked up colors, for your approval.  He then will start the long task of oil painting your Masterpiece!  Picture references are a must for specific items.  Although Melvin doesn't specialize in exact portraits, he will render you or your animal in his style. Best concept ideas are of pets or animals.  Melvin McGee retains reproductive rights/copyrights of any Custom Oil Painting.  

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Reverse Psychology (Custom Oil Painting)
Reverse Psychology (Custom Oil Painting)

Original "Creation" Oil Painting

Risks and challenges

Melvin makes all the prints himself. Custom Painting can take up to a year. This will be Melvin's first book so he will get different mock up samples from multiple publishers to assure quality.

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    Gold Supporter: 1 Book

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    Gold + : 1 Book + Small Canvas Print

    Thank you for your support! You will receive one beautifully designed Hardcover Book featuring over 200 oil paintings SIGNED by Melvin, including some never before seen works! You will also receive a limited edition canvas print of one of Melvin's paintings and on going updates. 1 Small Canvas Print: canvas size 8" x 10"or 5"x 10" depending on proportions, limited edition out of 250, black gallery wrap, stretched over a board, ready to hang, signed and numbered by Melvin, comes in resealable bag, supplies vary per print. As an added bonus, we will include your name as a supporter in the first edition. We will collect your colorful canvas choice at the end of the campaign. See Print Section below for choices.

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    Gold ++: 1 Book + Medium Canvas Print

    Thank you for supporting Melvin's work! You will receive one beautifully designed Hardcover Book featuring over 200 oil paintings SIGNED by Melvin, including some never before seen works! As a bonus you will receive a Medium Size Canvas Print, Image size 16" x 20" or 10" x 20" depending on proportions, Limited Edition out of 200 per print, black gallery wrap, ready to hang, stretched over stretcher bars, signed and numbered by Melvin. As an added bonus, we will include your name as a supporter in the first edition. We will collect your colorful canvas choice at the end of the campaign. See Print Section below for choices.

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    Gold +++: 1 Book + Large Canvas Print

    Thank you for supporting Melvin's work! You will receive one beautifully designed Hardcover Book featuring over 200 oil paintings, SIGNED by Melvin, including some never before seen works! As a bonus you will receive a Large Size Canvas Print, Image size 24" x 30"or 20" x 30"or 16' x 36" depending on proportions. Limited Edition out of 100, black gallery wrap, ready to hang, stretched over stretcher bars, signed and numbered by Melvin. As an added bonus, we will include your name as a supporter in the first edition. We will collect your colorful canvas choice at the end of the campaign. See Print Section below for choices.

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    Platinum: 2 Books + 2 Large Canvas Print

    Thank you for supporting Melvin's work! You will receive two beautifully designed Hardcover Books featuring over 200 oil paintings SIGNED by Melvin, including some never before seen works! As a bonus you will receive two Large Size Canvas Prints, Image size 24" x 30"or 20" x 30"or 16' x 36". Limited Edition out of 100, black gallery wrap, ready to hang, stretched over stretcher bars, signed and numbered by Melvin. As an added bonus, we will include your name as a supporter in the first edition. We will collect your colorful canvas choice at the end of the campaign. See Print Section below for choices.

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    Platinum +: 2 Books + Extra Large Print

    You are a Super Star!! You will receive two beautifully designed Hardcover Books featuring over 200 oil paintings SIGNED by Melvin, including some never before seen works! As a Platinum + Level supporter you will receive one Extra Large Canvas Print 24" x 48"or 30 x 48" depending on proportions. Limited Edition out of 100, black gallery wrap, ready to hang, stretched over stretcher bars, signed and numbered by Melvin. As an added bonus, we will include your name as a supporter in the first edition. We will collect your colorful canvas choice at the end of the campaign. See Print Section below for choices.

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    Best Deal: 1 Book + Small Original

    Thank you for supporting Melvin's work! You will receive one beautifully designed Hardcover Book featuring over 200 oil paintings SIGNED by Melvin, including some never before seen works! As a bonus you will receive an original 8 x 10 oil painting of Melvin's choosing. This is the best deal ever! Melvin does not offer these size originals anywhere, and at such a low price. See image below to see samples.
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    Star: 2 Books + Original Oil

    You are a Super Star!! You will receive two beautifully designed Hardcover Books featuring over 200 oil paintings SIGNED by Melvin, including some never before seen works! As a Star Level supporter you will receive one Custom Original Oil Painting 24" x 30" done by Melvin. As an added bonus, we will include your name as a supporter in the first edition. Since Melvin works with oils and spends a lot of time on one painting this one can take up to a year. Melvin will work with you one on one via email to come up with ideas to create a lovable painting. Best Custom paintings ideas, a loved pet in a funny situation or favorite hobby. Melvin prefers painting animals to humans but can do both. He will render a line drawing for approval before he starts the long process of painting.
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