About this project
Hi, I'm Nigel Sussman, an illustrator living in Berkeley, California. This is the kickstarter to raise money for me to self-publish my first book.
I am calling the project Alphabet Compendium; An Illustrated A-Z of Things. It will be an extensive illustrated alphabet book of objects. For each of the twenty-six letters there will be a visual representation creating an organic composition devoted to each character; even the color choices correspond with their respective letters. The entire book is basically a giant visual alliteration.
The idea to try and create an Alphabet book like this came to me several years ago and has been a personal goal ever since. By the end of the project, pretty much every major object, animal, plant and item that currently exists in the English vocabulary will have been rendered by my hand in bold, isometric, gray-scale line drawings on a colored background.
I have already completed the first four letters and am well underway on the lists and illustrations for the remaining 22. The final book will be quality, hardcover, offset-printed 12"x15" art book, featuring each letter's original drawing as well as a 'key', or alphabetical list of all the items included in each respective letter's page.
Here are images of some of first few pages:
I already have ideas for stretch goals if the project does well, like shirts and coloring books.
The pages for A-D are printed out as art prints and are on display at Rare Device in San Francisco until August 5th, so go see them in person if you are in the bay area.
Rare Device 600 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
I have added Fillmore Posters to the rewards. If you want one, choose the poster option in the rewards at the right, or add $15 to any other reward. If you want more than one, just increase the payment in increments of $15 ($30 for two, $45 for three, and so on). I will reach out to you to get your specific selection after the Kickstarter campaign has completed. I don't sell these posters online, so this is a rare chance to pick yourself up a couple. I only have limited quantity and they will never be reprinted.
Risks and challenges
This book will be the single most ambitious project that I have ever completed based on the amount of time spent. I have done many complex illustrations and murals that are bigger in scale, but they have never required 26 pages of extensive research and this amount of detail. I am determined, dedicated and don't like giving up on things, so the biggest risk is not whether or not I will complete it, but making sure to complete it on time. I work well under pressure and time constraints, so I am confident that I will be able to deliver within a few months of the promised completion date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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