I’m Raheem Nelson a professional digital artist and a HUGE fan of the AMC Series Breaking Bad.
For well over a year now, when I wasn’t doing designing logos, teaching kids about digital art or serving as an artist in residence at the Sony Store in New York City I was spending every spare minute on my iPad painting my interpretations of Walt, Jesse, Skyler, Hank, Krazy 8, and Tuco.
"Chemistry is, well technically, chemistry is the study of matter. But I prefer to see it as the study of change." - Walter White
As I tried to come to terms with the fact that the show was truly coming to an end and the number of original paintings started to pile up, I came up with a crazy goal. I decided to try to create an original portrait for EVERY significant character from the show. Then I realized that wasn't enough. I wanted to show how they changed over the course of the show so I decided I was going to create a portrait of each character as they appeared in each and EVERY season!
Original Portraits of Every Character As They Appeared in Every Season
This way I would be able to show not just my interpretations of the characters but also give my take on the ways they’ve changed over the course of 5 amazing seasons.
Now, with your help, I want to collect all of these original iPad paintings into one full color book that fellow fans of the show can flip through to see my perspective on the amazing journey the show has taken us, and its characters, on over 5 amazing seasons. The book is called...
Crystal Blue: A Visual Character Study of Breaking Bad
- 120 Full Color Pages
- Over 110 original iPad Character Portrait Paintings
- A version of every significant character from every season.
- Bonus original artwork inspired by the show from other amazing digital artists.
$10 - The Digital Version of Crystal Blue: A Visual Character Study of Breaking Bad
$25 - The Printed Version of Crystal Blue: A Visual Character Study of Breaking Bad + the Digital Version.
$50 - A signed copy of the Printed Book, your name on the Thank You Page + the Digital Version.
$100 - The Walter White Premier to Finale Print + a signed copy of the Printed Book, your name on the "Thank You" page + the Digital Version.
$250 - 4 Individual Character Prints + The Walter White "Premier to Finale" Print + a signed copy of the book, your name of the "Thank You" page + the Digital Version.
$750 - A portrait of you in the style of the book, a print of that portrait, your portrait on a special thank you page of the book +The Walter White "Premier to Finale" Print + a signed copy of the book, your name on the "Thank You" page + the Digital Version. (Limited # available)
Is This Book "Official"?
Other than being a huge fan, I have no official relationship with AMC or the show itself. I am not employed or affiliated or in any way with the show or it's creators and nobody "official" has ever seen or heard of this project. Think of this book like any of those "Unofficial" episode guides to, philosophies of, or essays on any popular show. The only difference is that this book a collection of visual essays. Or as I call it a "Visual Character Study".
What's An iPad Artist?
Although I am a classically trained artist with a BA from the School For Visual Arts, I now produce almost all of my artwork directly on the iPad. Using amazing software like Artrage and Procreate and tablet specific tools, including, brushes, I'm able to draw, paint, color and edit all of my work digitally right on my iPad.
Thank you for checking out this page. This project is my way of celebrating a show that's had a huge effect on me as a storyteller and an artist. I hope that with your help I'll be able to share all the artwork I've done with fellow fans of the best show on television.
Breaking Bad is coming to an end but if you back this project you'll know that even after the finale airs, you'll have just a little bit more of Walt and the rest of the crew coming your way.
Risks and challenges
Most of the illustrations are already completed, and some will have to wait until after the finale. I have self published several book before so I understand all the steps necessary to make this book something everyone who supports it can be proud of. I've also lined up the printer and and worked out all the details. I've tried to create a timeline that balances my desire to get everyone the best book possible as quickly as I can but delays from printing and shipping are always possible. The quality of the book will always come first because I want this to be something all the fans of the show can keep and enjoy for a long time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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