This project of doing an illustrated version of "Goblin Market" came about while chatting with a few fellow artists at a dinner. Illustrator Ruth Sanderson planted the idea in my head at a time when I was searching for a personal project to work on outside of my regular commercial work, as a chance to flex my artistic muscles. I used it as an opportunity to explore the imagery found in Rossetti's poem, unfettered by conventional publishing concerns. Free from the vision of an outside party such as an art director, I made this a highly personal project.
The product of many years work, squeezing painting time in between my regular commercial obligations, I slowly amassed a large collection of images. The time finally arrived to assemble these images into a coherent presentation to share with the world. I am very excited to see this project come to fruition.
Over one hundred drawings and watercolor paintings packed into an 88 page full color book. 10x12 inches, hardcover with a printed dust jacket and an introduction written by the one and only Charles Vess.
SOME SAMPLE PAGE SPREADS
"Goblin Market" was written by Christina Rossetti and first published in 1862. The poem is teeming with imagery and symbolism, true to the nature of the Pre-Raphaelite era in which it was written. It is about two sisters, Laura and Lizzie, who are enticed by the calls of the goblin merchants, who sell fruits in fantastic abundance, variety and flavor. Laura succumbs to the temptation of the forbidden fruits, and Lizzie tries to help her fallen sister.
Trade Edition of "Goblin Market"
Eighty-eight full-color pages, 10x12 inches hardcover with printed dust jacket.
Limited Edition of "Goblin Market"
Eighty-eight full-color pages, 10x12 inches, hardcover. Hand bound leather cover with gold leaf lettering and hand tooling on the spine, inset image on the cover. Handmade marble paper endpages. Comes with a custom fabric-covered slipcase. Exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign, it will not be available for sale anywhere else.
"Eat, Drink, and Be Merry" Book
Forty full-color pages, 6x9 inches, softcover. A collection of some of Omar's favorite paintings. You can see some sample pages here.
Five images chosen from the "Goblin Market", printed on heavyweight 8x10 inch satin gloss paper. Exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign, they will not be available for sale anywhere else.
Original Watercolor Paintings
Small 6x8 watercolor paintings, inspired by the "Goblin Market". Artist's choice of goblins, faeries, and beautiful maidens. Each one will be hand painted just for this Kickstarter campaign.
Risks and challenges
Very low risk! This book will be made! The layout and major groundwork for the book has already been finished. We have chosen a printer that came highly recommended from a trusted source, with a proven track record of creating quality art books.
We have been running an online store for several years now, selling prints and original art. We understand the importance of customer service, and have shipped thousands of orders.
We feel confident in meeting the timelines posted on the rewards listed, barring any unforeseen setbacks due to quality issues, major shipping delays, or illness. We will keep our backers posted with regular updates should any delays arise.
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