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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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
Update: Added 4 more spots
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.
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.
All produced by Melvin McGee
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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