Sean Andrew Murray: Sketchbook Volume 02
At long last, the time has come to produce my second volume of sketches pulled straight out of the pages of my personal sketchbooks!
Sketchbook Volume 01 was released in 2013. In the time since then I have completed two full sketchbooks. This volume will feature the best pages from those past 4 years worth of sketching!
Here is a preview of what the cover of the book will look like:
Unlike "Sketch Volume 01", this sketchbook collection will be a hard cover volume. It will feature Svepa PU material in black stretched over Mingou Greyboard with a gold foil stamped design on the cover and the spine.
The final book will be 6x9 portrait size and approximately 120 pages, all filled with sketches!
To keep the drawings accurate to their original size the format has changed since the last volume because I now work in smaller sketchbooks (easier to carry around with me everywhere I go)!
Going forward, I would like to publish a new volume of sketches every couple of years, and each one will be in a similar format and size so that they will match up nicely as a set in the future.
Why A Printed Sketchbook?
I like to think of sketchbooks as a window into the creative soul of an artist. For me, they are an indispensable part of my creative process. It is where all of my good ideas (and several of the not-so-good ones) begin and evolve. The main output of my sketches over the past 10-15 years has been for my personal world-building project: Gateway, for which I have so far developed a self-published, full-color illustrated book titled: "Gateway: The Book of Wizards", as well as a board/card game hybrid called "Gateway: Uprising," available now in stores and online, published by CMON Games.
Several years ago, while sitting behind my first ever convention booth at IlluXcon in Altoona, PA, the great Donato Giancola (painter and illustrator extraordinaire) was looking through my sketchbook and remarked that I should make a printed version of it, so that other people could have the same experience of looking through it without having to find me at conventions and hope that I had it with me.
So after launching my first Kickstarter for Gateway, I decided to make "Sean Andrew Murray: Sketchbook Volume 01" a stretch goal, and thus the first printed sketches volume was born.
I want anyone who picks up this book to have a peek into my creative process, and see how and where my ideas start.
The Rewards for Pledging
Pledge Rewards for now are simple; the main one being for the book itself. I have added a couple of levels for additional items like the first two original books, and then I also have several original ink drawings that I am offering as well.
If the one and only stretch goal is met, then I will add on an additional pledge level for the reprint of "Sketchbook Volume 01".
With each of the following rewards levels, you will receive one piece of original art, an "Inktober" drawing created during this month, for which I have chosen the theme of "robots". This campaign has started with eight of these drawings available, but as I complete more Inktober drawings I will add them as pledge levels. Each drawing is approximately 6"x9" either horizontal or vertical.
The packages range between $130 and $185 depending on the intricacy of the drawing.
If you wish to add the two original books onto any of these pledge levels, just add $35 to your pledge.
If you would like to add a signed, limited edition 13"x19" print of your choice, add $35 to your pledge.
"Marketown Street Scene" Limited-Edition Print Exclusive!
As I stated in the video, I want to keep things simple, so I only have one stretch goal: to reprint the first volume, "Sketchbook Volume 01", and bring it in line with the new look of "Sketchbook Volume 02", so that it will be consistent with the look of the whole set going forward!
If this happens, then I will add a new pledge reward level, which will allow you to get both books for $60.
Add-Ons - New!
- Add $5 to any pledge for a 2-hour, narrated video tutorial of "Marketown Street Scene" See trailer below:
Risks and challenges
I am keeping this Kickstarter simple this time around to ensure that I get everyone their books as close to the promised time as possible. I am working with a very talented designer, Andrew Nelson, and we will be working with A to Z Media, a company that Andrew has a close working relationship with, to do the printing.
I balance many things in my life and career between teaching, freelance work, Gateway projects, and family life, but I am committed to making this book look great and to getting it to you as soon as humanly possible - hopefully way before the stated delivery date.
I am always open to suggestions, thoughts and concerns. Thank you for your support!
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