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Here's the Hype: Cool portraits for cool people. Hand made reclaimed wood frames that keep good stuff out of the landfill and up on your wall as art where it should be. Tiny pieces of paper and glowing pixels that look like you, or not. Maybe they look like your sibling or parent or friend or partner or child or pet. Or some kind of mutatedly monsterish caricature version of you. Who knows?
More Hype: I love drawing, and I've actually been told I'm pretty good at it.. I also love woodworking, and I tell myself I'm pretty good at it. With these powers combined, I will create cool art, put it in cool frames, and the world will be more awesome!
But: I feel that I need to have a fuller portfolio in order to get enough commissions to stay more alive... and I need more commissions in order to put the time into filling out my portfolio. You have to be alive to stay alive. I just made that up. It's tricky.
Therefore: If you send me your head shot, I'll send you back your choice of an original hand drawn graphite pencil portrait, digitally drawn portrait sketch (looks like a cartoon of you :), or super mutated monster caricature you! (see details below)
The catch: You have to pay me. Yep. Look over there -->
What exactly am I gonna make? I'm gonna draw little portraits in graphite pencil, starting at 3" squared. They're gonna be cute and incredible, like little babies floating around your life. I'll also do some 6" squared portraits, because they are not too big to also be cute. I haven't decided about the 8"x10" size yet, but I might be convinced. Again, you'd probably have to pay me. And Kickstarter.
Also I will draw some portraits digitally in photoshop. They will look like cartoon you. Somewhere between a caricature and a cartoon. Maybe more. They will be cool too. If you are really excited about them, I will also send you a frame. You can also put the frame in front of your computer or watch or whatever for extra class when you view your digital portrait.
Graphite Pencil Portraits: I draw each portrait by hand with lots of practice! No tracing or fancy photoshop tricks for these. Art that is grueling to witness, yet beautiful to behold. Each piece will be a head and shoulders style composition, drawn on acid-free archival quality paper, signed and dated by me, the only guy you'd ever want doing your portrait. Because I know the importance of at least giving the appearance of modesty, the signature and date will be located outside of your chosen portrait dimensions, so as not to interfere with use as a profile pic or letterhead.
You get the original, unless you don't want it. It's easier that way. But you should get it because it's there. Simple. You also get digital copies in PDF, JPEG and PNG formats, whether you want them or not. That's how we roll.
Digital Portrait Sketches/Cartoon You: If I even have to explain how awesome these are, the very utterance of such unbridled amazingness might destroy all evil in the world, ever. Okay, I'll do it.
The digital sketches are done in photoshop, with a pen. I am not ashamed to admit that I do use lots of fancy photoshop skills here. I begin each piece by tracing your basic proportions through to a new image layer. After getting a basic outline I add some depth, color, and texture to your features just as I would with any other drawing, although I am using a graphics input tablet rather than a pencil and paper. It's good stuff.
You don't get the original, because there is no original. Just copies of ones and zeroes that would take a long time to explain in full detail. You do get bunches of digital copies in PDF, JPEG and PNG formats that you can do whatever you want with. They play nicely with everything.
The digital sketches are very different from the graphite pencil portrait, but you are still getting a hand drawn original piece of art that might even be more useful than it's analog counterpart (see below for what to do with your digital portrait). With the help of some cool technology these pieces are very affordable, yet still very unique!
Super Monster Awesome Mutated Digital You: After getting your likeness down, I might go ahead and grab some warp and blend tools and go crazy contorting the piece into some kind of caricature or dragon elf or circus creature. But again, only if you convince me I should. You're awesome enough as you are, but we'll see where things go.
UPDATE: These first three sold like hotcakes in a hotcake poor economy! I will be posting the results right here over this weekend. These are going to be awesome!
Reclaimed Wood Frames:
Any time I see scrap wood on the curb (old furniture, discarded flooring, trim, pallets, etc), I inspect it for "still usefullness". Then I build stuff out of the still useful bits. I also do handyman and remodeling work, so I come across cool old wood all the time that needs rescued from the fate of the landfill. So it is only appropriate that I make my own frames for my drawings. Because I never know what type of wood I'll come across next, I can't show you specifically what your particular frame will look like before I send it out.
I will offer you a choice between a more rustic, weathered and beaten wood frame and a more traditional looking frame like this one (crown molding):
You can also have a look at some of my wood sources in this video:
Here's the Boring stuff:
Things you can do with your portrait:
• Make it your profile pic or avatar on facebook, twitter and the like.
• Use it for a contacts image on your smartphone.
• Use it for your business card or letterhead.
• Give it to your mother, she'll really appreciate it!
• Have it printed on a coffee mug (your mug on a mug!).
• You could even just hang it on your wall!
A bit more about my portraiture experience:
I've always enjoyed drawing all kinds of things. My mom is a portrait teacher and freelance artist and she has always encouraged my creative side (Dad too, though he's not an artist). I took classes with my mom through my teens, and then did my high school senior project on pencil portraiture. Unfortunately, I had only done about a half dozen portraits since then until the past month or so when I picked it up seriously again. Don't worry, I've still got the mojo! All the drawings on this page are current work (above as well):
I'm also excited to see how my drawing technique develops if this project really takes off and I end up doing several portraits a day!
What about copyright issues?
You can make as many copies as you like of any work you buy through this project, and do whatever you want with them providing I am given authoring credits where appropriate. I reserve the right to retain and use digital copies of the work and/or any unsold originals for my own portfolio, website, demonstration of my skills or for any marketing I may do.
Cool, I'm in! Any guidelines for the pic I'm sending you?
• A standard portrait for this project will consist of one headshot (head and shoulders) per portrait. Extra faces or body parts take additional time, so I am just keeping this project to head and shoulders compositions.
• Background stuff will not be included, just the subject.
• When choosing a pic to send, try to avoid images taken with a flash. Look instead for a photo with good contrast of highlights and shadows, preferably taken in natural light. This will end up looking a lot more like you.
• Try to send me an image with at least a 640x480 resolution. The bigger the better, so I have more detail to draw from.
• If you can send 2 or 3 pics, that is even more helpful; if there is a feature that is hard for me to see in the main pic, I can refer to another.
• I will substitute pet portraits in place of a headshot for any of the reward levels.
• Please keep all submissions appropriate for family viewing (no drugs or obscenity).
I live outside the US. Is there any additional shipping cost for me?
Let me know where you live and we will work to find the best solution. If a few extra dollars are justified, simply add it to your backer amount.
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