100 [Animals] Jigsaw Puzzle
As part of the Kickstarter Make100 campaign, we're gonna make a puzzle featuring 100 animals that backers vote on! Also other stuff!
The 100 [Animal] Project
So. I've wanted to do a puzzle for a long time, and this seems as good a time as any. Since Kickstarter keeps harassing me about doing something for their MAKE100 campaign, my plan is to create a puzzle featuring 100 of a given animal. But not just any animal- an animal that backers vote on! Yow!
The Plan - Once the Campaign is over, we'll do a survey of all the backers to find out which one species of animal people choose. From there, I'll produce 100 drawings of that animal. They'll then be magically digitized, colored, and arranged to form a sweet sweet puzzle!
As a sample, I did up some bears:
These guys are for sample purposes, so they're just all on one sheet of cardstock. The reward drawings would be done on 4"x6" pieces of bristol. After being magically photoshopped, they would look like this:
Puzzle! - Once compiled, I'll get this produced as a jigsaw puzzle. The intention is to have it in the 700+ piece range. We're currently fielding estimates to get this done, and while we have enough to make us confident enough to get started, we hope to have more and firm up these numbers as we go- the amount and number of backers may influence how we get this done.
MAKE100! - 100 lucky backers will receive not only the puzzle, but also one of the original pieces of artwork that went into making the puzzle! These pieces of art will be b/w drawings on 4"x6" bristol, suitable for framing and gloating over, if that's, like, a thing you do.
Here are some monkeys on a bear for no reason:
But Wait, There's More! - Why create one semi-rational project when I could toss other projects in on top of it for no discernibly sane reason?!?
Digital Action- So to start with, if you just want to say, "Hey, this is cool! Keep up the good work, I vote you draw dogs!" you can do that for any pledge level, PLUS- you'll receive a digital collection featuring a computer background of the [animals], and a pdf or some action of the chapbook.
Postcard- Next! For only a couple of bucks you can get a postcard mailed to you. Neat!
Stickers- I get stickers made with my art all the time. If you want to support for a few more bucks than the postcard level, then I'll throw some into an envelope with a postcard and mail it all to you. Neat!
Book- You guys may not know this about me, since you've got no idea who I am, but I make books. Like, I make a lot of books. So as part of this project, I'll produce a book called "The 100 [animals to be determined later]." What will this work be? A collection of ribald short stories and limericks? A picture book? A tone poem, or an epic in the manner of Beowulf? I've got no idea! But I'm quite confident that this will get done, because this is what I do.
Print- I'll create an 11"x17" poster print, using the same animals as the puzzle, but arranged differently, BECAUSE WE CAN. (Note: due to the hassle of shipping poster prints, this prize will not be included in the other tiers, though I'll try to find a way to put it together as an add-on for everyone)
Higher Tiers! - If the Make 100 reward level isn't enough for you, we've got (currently?) two higher tiers:
Custom Animal- This is a 4"x6" animal drawing just like the [animal] drawings from the Make 100 reward, but of the animal of your choice. Choose your favorite animal and I'll whip it out pen and ink style! These guys might end up included in the puzzle, depending on if I'm feeling like sneaking in extra animals that aren't [animals]. Wait... Did that make any sense?
Stencil Paintings- At the end of the Kickstarter, once we've got out animal chosen via polling, I'll do a series of stencil paintings of it, similar to the one seen in the picture above. These are done by cutting a stencil out of cardboard, dashing it out onto canvas, and then personalizing it with its own personality and design across the back. These are fun because they're all both so unique and so uniform at the same time. Do I have a picture of several at once? Hell no! At least not without looking. They're scattered across the world or for sale in a gallery downtown somewhere. Oops. But at least you get the idea.
If you've got anything you think I should do or add, let me know. Maybe we can add a reward, or make it a stretch goal.
Stretch Goals?- Sure! Why not? I'm not sure how I'll format this out yet, but I'm sure there's a way to add some cool stuff! Let's start out by saying that if we hit: $4500, I'll include a copy of my popular chapbook, 9 Ways To Sock A Fish, with every order at the chapbook level and above.
We'll add some more stuff like this if needed as we go, because I have no functioning concept of proper time management! And yet I'm still usually quite successful at hitting deadlines. Yow!
And there you have it.
Want Some More? - If you're not quite through with looking at the collection of whatever random drawings I happened to pull from my computer, then you're in luck! I produce a lot of strange stuff, like, all the time, so follow along at home on instagram, at my blog, or on whatever the hell twitter is. I also built a Random Insult Generator, that I let the world use for free, because I'm just that kind of guy.
Risks and challenges
This will be the largest project I've ever produced in terms of money and minimum quantity order stuff from the puzzle manufacturer. I've made hundreds of shirts, coffee mugs, and prints, thousands of books, and lord only knows how many drawings of humorous animals, but those are all projects that can be made in smaller bursts for lesser sums of money. This is really kicking up the scale by quite a lot, and not only in terms of finances, but in terms of the amount of space it will all take up in my garage. Although strangely, this is no more real work to produce than a poster print is.
I'll be honest- I'm totally spitballing on the delivery date. How long do puzzles take to be manufactured? I figured 6 months from soup to nuts should be tons of time with padding built in.
The creative aspects of this just sound like a normal day at work to me. I write and draw compulsively, so there's basically zero chance that those parts of the project don't come off fine. I've even written and drawn a book in public, under duress, based on survey results once before.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (21 days)