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Portrait artist seeks funds to kickstart an exciting year-long project involving YOU and produce a drawing / painting tutorial video
Portrait artist seeks funds to kickstart an exciting year-long project involving YOU and produce a drawing / painting tutorial video
479 backers pledged $62,736 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE No. 1: We did it! A special THANK YOU to my backers.

UPDATE No. 2: New Rewards and an opportunity for FELLOW ARTISTS! We need more art in the world and more happy artists to make it. So everyone who pledges $5 and up has the option of receiving an online e-book/downloadable PDF sharing everything I've learned (and continue to learn) about creating, launching, and promoting a successfulart-related Kickstarter campaign!
[Available late June/early July 2012]

*Kickstarter won't let me change the $5 reward description but just as long as you select one reward (any reward really), you'll get the e-book!

UPDATE No. 3: I talk about reference photos, the option for a digital copy of your portrait, and important info about backer surveys. Plus a NEW VIDEO showing the making-of a 365-sketch!

UPDATE No. 4: Want to pledge for MORE THAN ONE REWARD? This is the update for you.

UPDATE No. 5: Less than 24 HOURS TO GO! I go over important last minute details like portrait privacy, shipping, and delivery times.
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Portrait artist seeks funds to kickstart an exciting year long project involving YOU and film/produce fun educational drawing & painting tutorial video.

My name is Michael Shapcott and I am a full-time artist based in central Connecticut. Art, specifically portraits, are my life. I think more than anything else in the world, the human face expresses the most emotion, complexity, mystery, and connection to us as human beings.

Everyone is a unique version of the human spirit. By studying and learning about others, I found I was really learning about parts of myself. There’s something so intimate about sitting down and creating a personality, a moment, and most importantly an emotion.

It’s so fascinating to me that I can slightly alter the angle of an eye or the color of a cheek and the entire expression of the figure changes, changing the entire feel of the piece. The art of bringing emotion to a flat surface will always be a lifelong experience and learning process for me.

DRAWING A DRAWING 365

Drawing a Drawing 365 is a project where I create a daily graphite portrait for 365 days. I plan to start the project on June 6, 2012… my 30th birthday!

I'd like to bring Drawing a Drawing 365 to life in a huge series of portrait drawings that push my limits as an artist, allow me to develop my talent in a fun new way, and directly involve the people who inspire me most – you!**

^ An example of the making-of a 365-sketch ^

Cora, 8x10, Gesso/Graphite on Illustration Board (An example of a 365-sketch)

THE TUTORIAL

Not only will this project be a way for me to improve my technique/productivity, but my hope is that it will provide me with the funds needed to create a series of Drawing a Drawing videos as well as better Painting a Painting videos and (perhaps most exciting) a TUTORIAL video for those interested in my process.

^ One of my Painting a Painting videos entitled Kierra ^

I want this tutorial to be like nothing the world has ever seen.
This isn't going to be an outdated boring instructional video by any means! I will go through my entire process from preparing the canvas to the graphite underdrawing, the acrylic stage, the oil glazing, and the finishing touches. Secrets will be revealed, tips and tricks will be highlighted, and there will be an explosion of music, color, and fun. I want viewers to not only explore a new way of creating portraits but also be inspired to enjoy and find meaning in the process.

REWARDS FROM ME TO YOU

In return for your pledge, you will receive rewards based on your contribution amount. These include:

+  A mailed postcard print of one of my paintings with a personal message handwritten on the back from me to you

+  FREE exclusive online access / signed DVD copy of the 1st full-length painting tutorial I create

+  A Limited Edition signed-by-the-artist Giclee print (my first LE print!) released to KickStarter supporters ONLY

+  And drum roll please… a personal portrait sketch, drawing, or painting of YOU!

For those who pledge to be one of the “days” in the 365 days, you will be assigned a specific day where I will create an original graphite portrait sketch of you (or the person of your choice) and feature your portrait on my Drawing a Drawing 365 tumblr blog specifically created for this project (http://drawingadrawing.tumblr.com/). Then I mail it out to you to enjoy forever!**

**PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO THE FAQ TO FIND OUT EXACTLY HOW THE PORTRAIT PLEDGE WORKS! THANK YOU.

For those who want even MORE, I’m also offering two TOP-LEVEL REWARDS for a fraction of my original commission price: The first option is a highly-detailed 11 x 14 graphite drawing of you (or the person of your choice). This drawing will be different from the 365-day sketch as it will be larger, additional time will be spent on it, and it will be a more meticulous piece. And finally, for the top-level reward, I will create a 16 x 20 personal commission painting of you (or the person of your choice) exploding in full color.

The prices of my original paintings and drawings are out of reach for many of my fans so this is a great opportunity not only for them to own one of my pieces but to have a personal portrait to treasure forever.

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If you're amped about this project, please help spread the word by sharing this page with others! Use the URL www.DrawingADrawing.com and it will redirect back to this page.

THE THEME SONG

Haha!! A bit silly but I couldn't resist! ;)

MORE ABOUT ME...

My website is www.Michael-Shapcott.com

There you will find my bio, portfolio, painting videos, blog & more.

THANK YOU!!!  :)

*Special thanks to Melissa for her amazing skills, dedication, and hard work. **All Kickstarter video music written and performed by Michael Shapcott.

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    All of the $50 rewards + YOUR PORTRAIT as part of the 365 day sketch-o-thon (includes your original portrait mailed to you and a reserved spot on my tumblr blog)

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    Want more than one 365-day portrait? Awesome! This is the reward for you! For TWO portrait days, pledge $250; for THREE portrait days, pledge $350; for FOUR portrait days, pledge $475 and get a FIFTH PORTRAIT DAY FREE!! (Note: Please refer to UPDATE No. 4 for more details)

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    All of the $50 rewards + a highly-detailed 16 x 20 personal commission drawing of one or TWO people (i.e. husband/wife, siblings, you/your cat, etc.)

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    All of the $50 rewards + an 18 x 24 personal commission painting of TWO people (i.e. husband/wife, siblings, you/your cat, etc.) exploding in full color.

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    All of $50 rewards + your very own PAINTING A PAINTING VIDEO showing the creation of your 24 x 30 personal commission painting. Your video will be featured on my YouTube channel / website and I will send you a DVD copy with your painting.

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