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An exclusive 32-page art book highlighting the struggles of being an artist and how I overcome them.
An exclusive 32-page art book highlighting the struggles of being an artist and how I overcome them.
31 backers pledged $1,155 to help bring this project to life.

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Awakening - An Uplifting Art Book

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*Thank you so much for an amazing first Kickstarter! Every single one of you rocked my socks clean off! 

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Are you a creative that gets intimidated by the blank page? Do you frequently find yourself running out of ideas, or feel that those ideas are just not good enough?

So many people struggle with creating, and I struggle right alongside them.

Hey there, my name is Melquea Smith and I focus on self-love, self-care, and anything 12-year-old me could really appreciate.

As a creative entrepreneur, I've encountered encouraging ups and spiraling downs. Kicking the feeling of inadequacy, clawing my way through art blocks and doubting my ideas are issues I deal with constantly. 

As a result, I created an art book to share with fellow creatives like me. 

Introducing:

This book is a personal reflection of when I experience debilitating feelings that hinder my creative work and what I do to combat them. 

I'm not perfect, but I know many artists will appreciate knowing they aren't alone in their journey. 

Trust me, I'm right there with you. 

 I want Awakening to be a resource for creatives like me. Not just a library of pretty pictures, but something for you to flip though, reference and be inspired by over and over again.   

*book mockup
*book mockup

This book will feature a selection of my digital and traditional paintings from 2016 to the present with personal accounts of how I deal with issues such as art block, failure, and feeling artistically inadequate. I want this book to be something I would buy:  An evening read that inspires me to get out of bed and create.

Kickstarter's Make 100 campaign is the perfect time to introduce Awakening

I know that in order to make things that get me 100% jazzed, I need to do it for others and share it with those that are jazzed with me! 

This art book is important to me because if your help makes this project successful, we can inspire others like us.

 Let's talk about the goodies...
Let's talk about the goodies...

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

This is a video walk-through of my process of creating an illustration from start to finish. From the initial inspiration, to taking that idea further, step by step I narrate what goes on in my head until the piece is complete. 

2 Wallpaper Choices for Desktop and Mobile

This is a digital download of 4 illustrations formatted to fit various desktops and mobile devices featuring my paintings "Everlasting", "Velvet Garden" for Desktop and "Stellar" and "Ethereal" for Mobile.

Original Sketch - SOLD OUT (thank you ♥ )

Dressed with graphite, black ink and gold ink, Your piece will be a 5 x 7inch illustration inspired by one keyword and your favorite animal from you to inspire the sketch. Limited to 10 backers total.

Dragon (inspired by "geometric")
Dragon (inspired by "geometric")
Rabbit (inspired by "fluidity")
Rabbit (inspired by "fluidity")
Bear (inspired by "floral")
Bear (inspired by "floral")

Original Paintings (Limit: 3)

Each vibrant painting featured is an original 11 x 14inch watercolor painting on canvas ready to ship to their new home with a story included. Only one canvas painting is available per tier. 

(Lioness) "Radiance" 11 x 14inch Watercolor and gold ink on Canvas. Ships unframed.
(Lioness) "Radiance" 11 x 14inch Watercolor and gold ink on Canvas. Ships unframed.
(Deer) "Fae" 11 x 14inch Watercolor on Canvas. Ships unframed.
(Deer) "Fae" 11 x 14inch Watercolor on Canvas. Ships unframed.

 Custom Painting (Limit: 1) 

Custom painting. Ships unframed
Custom painting. Ships unframed

This tier includes a one-of-a-kind 11 x 14inch watercolor painting on canvas inspired by 4 keywords and your favorite animal. Once completed, it will be shipped with all of your goodies with a story included. Only one of this tier is available. One this is gone, it's gone! 

Based off of the $880 goal
Based off of the $880 goal

Shipping

All packages will be shipped via USPS Media Mail with tracking. To minimize risk and delays, for this project I will only be shipping throughout the United States. Shipping is included in each pledge. With the success of this art book, I will be able to expand to my International friends in future projects.

Risks and challenges

This is my very first Kickstarter, my very first published artbook, and my very first time crowdfunding.

I don’t settle for mediocrity when it comes to my PrettyKitty brand. I am adept at learning and applying information and I’m very meticulous with projects.

My book printer, Mixam, is the best supplier I could ever choose from. I own a few of their books from other creators and I can say hands down their quality is perfect.

Should any delay arise, you will be the first to know.
You have my PrettyKitty Promise. ❤️

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    Digital Bundle

    This is a 1 hour 30 minute long video with commentary on the ins-and outs of illustrating a fully painted piece. Coupled with two images that may be used as a wallpaper for your phone or computer.

    Includes:
    • 2 Downloadable Computer Wallpapers and 2 Cellphone Wallpapers
    • 1 Downloadable Process Video
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    "Awakening" Art Book

    1 signed and numbered copy of the book.

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    • 2 Downloadable Computer Wallpapers and 2 Cellphone Wallpapers
    • 1 Downloadable Process Video
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    Artbook + Original Sketch

    Copy of Awakening signed and numbered, with an original 5 x 7inch sketch.

    Includes:
    • "Awakening" Art Book
    • Original Sketch
    • 2 Downloadable Computer Wallpapers and 2 Cellphone Wallpapers
    • 1 Downloadable Process Video
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    Artbook + Lioness Painting

    “Radiance" is an 11x14 inch watercolor painting with gold ink on canvas. This tier is first come first served, When she's claimed, she's gone!

    Includes:
    • "Awakening" Art Book
    • Original Sketch
    • 2 Downloadable Computer Wallpapers and 2 Cellphone Wallpapers
    • 1 Downloadable Process Video
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    Artbook + Dragon Painting

    “Unconditional Comfort” is an 11x14 inch textured watercolor painting on canvas. This tier is first come first served, When they're claimed, they're gone!

    Includes:
    • "Awakening" Art Book
    • Original Sketch
    • 2 Downloadable Computer Wallpapers and 2 Cellphone Wallpapers
    • 1 Downloadable Process Video
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    Artbook + Deer Painting

    “Fae”is an 11x14 inch textured watercolor painting on canvas. This tier is first come first served, When she's claimed, she's gone!

    Includes:
    • "Awakening" Art Book
    • Original Sketch
    • 2 Downloadable Computer Wallpapers and 2 Cellphone Wallpapers
    • 1 Downloadable Process Video
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    Artbook + Custom Painting

    Take home a custom 11 x 14in watercolor painting inspired by 4 keywords and an animal of your choice. This tier is first come first served. When it's gone, it's gone!

    Includes:
    • "Awakening" Art Book
    • Original Sketch
    • 2 Downloadable Computer Wallpapers and 2 Cellphone Wallpapers
    • 1 Downloadable Process Video
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    Limited 0 backers
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Funding period

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