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£969
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, July 4 2016 11:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

It is about a child who wants different pets after visiting a zoo. Mum, as a responsible parent, explains with a bit of fun why they cannot get the animal. The ending, of course, is very happy and rewarding for the whole family.

The book is made in two illustrating styles that should complement each other. The styles are like two dimensions, like two worlds…

In one lives a mum, with her fierce pirates storming around, and deals with everyday chores like everyday battles. The other world is the daughter’s world, which is swimming in plain innocence, enthusiasm and no reasoning whatsoever, where everything is possible. Her imaginary, inseparable girlfriends are always ready for any adventure too. No reason can stop them!

 

 

Here's a short video with pictures from our book. Please note that we've used just a simple printout, it doesn't represent the final look or quality.

I am a mum. My friend Jurga and I (Asta) have been artists all our lives.

We decided to make a beautiful book for children and parents to read and enjoy together. The story is written by my creative husband.

It took us over one year just to make the illustrations. Thus as the spring, summer, autumn and winter passed, you can trace the moods of these seasons in our illustrations :)

About the book (a hard copy)

The book has 48 pages plus covers - double the size of a typical illustrated children's book.

The size is 23 cm X 23 cm with an improved quality paper and a soft thick cover.

 

a mock-up image of the book cover
a mock-up image of the book cover

 

 

a panda relaxing between mum's flower pots
a panda relaxing between mum's flower pots

 

who needs a car when you have a kangaroo
who needs a car when you have a kangaroo

 

a singing elephant pretending nothing happened
a singing elephant pretending nothing happened

 

An octopus can carry as many things as you might need in case
An octopus can carry as many things as you might need in case

 

blowing bubbles with my elephant in a light of full moon is so fun!
blowing bubbles with my elephant in a light of full moon is so fun!

 

How cool is to have a REAL ELEPHANT at your birthday party!!
How cool is to have a REAL ELEPHANT at your birthday party!!

 

How can a sensitive and kind penguin survive in SERIOUS PEOPLE'S world?
How can a sensitive and kind penguin survive in SERIOUS PEOPLE'S world?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fierce pirates: Captain Cat Napoleon, Parrot Carrot (the boatswain) and Lucky the Dog, a cabin boy
Fierce pirates: Captain Cat Napoleon, Parrot Carrot (the boatswain) and Lucky the Dog, a cabin boy

 

 

 

necklaces of inseparable girlfriends: brave Jane and shy Lucy
necklaces of inseparable girlfriends: brave Jane and shy Lucy

 

 

 

 

Extended Collections of characters including a plane and a pirate ship
Extended Collections of characters including a plane and a pirate ship

 

 

 

Imagination has no limits...
Imagination has no limits...

 

 

dreaming togerther on a bench
dreaming togerther on a bench

Why publish?

We’ve tried contacting official publishers. They praised us, but were not interested otherwise. So now we’ve decided that is still worth sharing our book with the world through Kickstarter.

Why do we want to publish this book? Because we and others believe it is a good book and we believe books should be best experienced when held and not on a screen. It encourages one to open people's imagination, to question it and to comment. At least my daughter Julia always comments on it! :)

For our backers we are also making exclusive postcards to say thank you.

The creators

We don’t like to speak about ourselves much, but we understand we need to introduce ourselves. The book was made by three people - me: Asta Kalpokaite-Golias, my fellow artist and friend Jurga Sulskyte and my husband Robert Golias. Me and Jurga are Lithuanian and my husband is Czech.

Me and Jurga have an art education background - mine is in ceramic and sculpture and hers is in illustration and painting. My husband Robert is a programmer and always comes up with stories.

I live and make sculptures in London, England now, and you can find more about me on my website www.sculptureninja.com. Jurga illustrates for a children magazine in Lithuania. Her work is on http://media.wix.com/ugd/965d5b_67c183a521fa4f74abdc96e9b75e1ffb.pdf

Illustrating techniques

Asta: Watercolor and pastels

Jurga: Lightfast artist color pencils

Timeline estimate

If the campaign is successful (as we hope it will), then

  • one to two months for a final retouch by a professional graphic designer and editor to prepare the book for printing and to ensure its quality.
  • three months for the printing proces. We've already choosen the great publishing and agreed on terms.
  • one month for packing and sending the items (books, postcards, illustration and sculptures for our backers

What is already done

  • the book itself - the illustrations and text - is finished
  • the book and a cover design is finished. However, we will need a graphic designer to check everything throughout one more time, and maybe to do some adjustments for the publishing house
  • discussed and agreed with the publishing company
  •  researched postage prices to different countries

FAQ

If you are missing some information, please do not hesitate to ask us in comments or directly - we’ll do our best to answer everybody.

Risks and challenges

Our time target is 5 - 6 months from the end of successful Kickstarter campaign to send you the rewards.

If the campaign is not successful we will not publish, that part is simple. However, if our target is reached we will deliver a Quality product to people who had trust in us.

This is the first time we are asking for support so we’ve tried to research and calculate all possible risks and figure out how to deal with them.
The only risk is a delay.
If some unforeseen circumstances will arise (publishing house, graphic designer or postage), we will sort that in order to keep your trust til the end.

We would not like to rush a process too much to ensure that the final product is of really good quality, up to the finest details and really good quality pages. Because touchable things should be nice to touch :)

Thank you for your support.

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