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A beautiful, 52 page book containing all of my favorite sketches pulled from the 12 sketchbooks I've filled in the past 2 years!
A beautiful, 52 page book containing all of my favorite sketches pulled from the 12 sketchbooks I've filled in the past 2 years!
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Hi everyone!

My name is Renee Kurilla and I am a children's illustrator in Boston, MA. I am a lead artist at an animation studio called FableVision. A few years ago, each person on our art team was given a Strathmore Field sketchbook to carry around and doodle or take notes in... 

I took such a liking to this sketchbook that I quickly filled one, then two, then five... and fast forward to the present time - I'm sitting on twelve sketchbooks filled with characters and ideas. 

Time passed so quickly since that first sketch that I'd lost track of all the work I'd done... 

A few months ago, a trip to NYC to meet with publishers had me thinking of different and unique ways to make an impression. Sure, I had my portfolio, but I needed something else. I ended up weeding through all of my forgotten sketchbooks. I neatly tore out my favorite drawings, laid them out on the floor and organized them into a portfolio book.

Still not satisfied, I took each page and scanned it. I arranged my images into book form and home-printed about 25 copies to bring with my to NYC to leave behind with editors and art directors.

Months have passed since then, and I have continued to fill up sketchbooks. 

 More of my sketches are available on my website.

I want to be able to make more compilations similar to the books I left behind in NYC, but I simply do not have the means to mass produce all of them myself again (without going BONKERS!) I thought it might be really cool if I could share the books I make with you...because what good do they do sitting around in a box in my house anyway!? 

So, thank you for visiting this page, reading this far, and considering a purchase of one of my sketchbooks. I really appreciate it, and I hope this is the first of many compilations to come! 

Specifics:

  • 52 page perfect bound booklet
  • full color cover / b&w interior, with color pages mixed in!
  • Size: 6.625" x 10.25" (standard comic size)
  • Paper: 100lb. Silk Matte

Rewards:

I'm trying to keep it simple with just four tiers available. For reference, here is a photo of what my home-printed books look like. I'm fixing to make the new books way BETTER with beautiful, high quality paper and even more sketches. 

*I will redesign the cover with a brand new watercolor illustration (TBD!)

A flippin' fun $50 tier:

Please choose between one of the following images (A,B,C,D,or E) I will mail you a copy of my sketchbook AND a high quality, archival, signed 8.5"x11" print! 

(*My name will not appear on the print as it does in the images!)

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A super special $100 tier:

If you are able to contribute $100 to this campaign, I will paint you a 7'x7' dot like this one: 

I will also customize it (reasonably) to however you like. Meaning, if you'd rather the girl be a boy and the cat be a dog- I'll do it! If you want the cat to be a black with white paws...you got it! (and so on!) 

That's it... It's a pretty simple endeavor! I'm looking forward to seeing the results and sharing them with YOU!

Thanks everyone!!

~Renee

Risks and challenges

Most of the art and design layout for the sketchbook is already completed, I can only see potential delays when it comes time to print because I want to make sure everyone receives the best book possible!
If there are any delays, I will make sure to keep everyone posted on the progress!

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    You'll receive a digital PDF of the finished book and a hearty thank you from yours truly. :)

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    You'll receive a digital PDF and a tangible, lovely to have and hold, copy of my 40 page sketchbook. Printed on 100lb. silk matte paper. Full color cover, rich black & white interior and signed by me!

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    You'll receive a digital PDF and TWO tangible, lovely to have and hold, copies of my 40 page sketchbook. Printed on 100lb. silk matte paper. Full color cover, rich black & white interior and signed by me!

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    Flippin' Fun! You'll receive a digital PDF and a tangible, lovely to have and hold, copy of my 40 page sketchbook.

    Printed on 100lb. silk matte paper. Full color cover, rich black & white interior.
    AND... you'll receive an archival 8.5 x 11" signed print of your choice! (*images A-E)

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    Super Special! You'll receive a digital PDF and a tangible, lovely to have and hold, copy of my 40 page sketchbook.

    Printed on 100lb. silk matte paper. Full color cover, rich black & white interior.
    You will also receive an archival 8.5 x 11" signed print of your choice! (*images A-E)
    AND I will paint you a custom dot watercolor, as seen in the video on the main project page!!

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