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About this project

What is Drawing my life?

Drawing My Life is an animated drawing, biography project. Charting the 60s - 70s - 80s - 90s and the noughties, my part in them and memories of them, fashion, music, politics, struggle, war and peace. Also following the decline of the British Empire and my part in its downfall!

There are at least twenty more episodes to go and I need your help to make them. They take at least three days hard work to make, not to mention the thought process and research. I would like you to help me finance the time I need to bring this great project to fruition.

See episode one for yourself:

Who I am

I've written and illustrated over 170 children's series books that have sold worldwide in many different languages. For the last four years I've been making how-to-draw videos on YouTube as well. My Channels, ShooRaynerDrawing and Drawstuffrealeasy, have had over 15 million views and have over 75,000 subscribers. In 20011, I won the prestigious YouTube NextUp Europe award .

Why I'm doing this KickStarter campaign.

I began Drawing My Life In A Day in October 2011 on my ShooRaynerLife channel. Meanwhile Drawing My Life has become a bit of a thing with young YouTubers, telling their life-story with stick figures and dry-wipe marker pens. My subscribers nagged me to join in. I felt my version needed a bit more drawing!

So I made Episode One and then Episode Two and soon realised I couldn't afford the time to finish the project. My Subscribers asked for more and then I thought...KickStarter!

What rewards am I offering?

I think I have some truly unique rewards that are great value and there are many levels with which you can support this project. From £1 for my heartfelt thanks to £2500 for a drawing the life of your business video - a truly unique opportunity.

See Rewards on the side and watch this video for more information.

What if I exceed the target funding goal.

Please don't hold back if I reach the target!  Any money raised over the target will help to commission new music for the final feature length video which will have its World Premiere at YouTube's Amazing Creator Hub in London. Become an Associate Producer and you could be there!

Any extra will go to fund more drawing videos on my drawing channel. If you've used my tutorials and have wondered how to support me, this is your chance.

Now... have a breather and watch Epsiode Two!

I hope you will want to be part of this exciting project that I think is spearheading a whole new form of storytelling, biography, drawing and animation. Your support will let me try things out and lay the foundations of this brand new art form.

I'll look forward to meeting some of you at the Premiere in London, Skyping with others and keeping everyone up to date with regular newsletters. 

Look down the side and choose which reward you would like or which level of support you would like to offer. 

To be kept informed about the campaign, join the mailing list on my website, shoorayner.com.

Many thanks  and let's get drawing, drawing drawing!

Risks and challenges

I've put a lot of thought into this. From all I've done, you can see that all I propose is achievable. I've been weighing dummy parcels, checking and rechecking postal rates so I'm confident all can be mailed out in time. If I get inundated, then I will get some help in! I have put together all the product before so I am confident I can again.

I'm not setting a finishing date yet, But I figure to finish by April next year. I'm hoping the project will build momentum, which might require me to be sidetracked by publicity or promotion.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.51

    My heartfelt thanks and a warm glow to you for being part of this great project

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    My heartfelt thanks expressed to you on Twitter or on your FaceBook page

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    Handwritten thanks on a special Drawing My Life postcard.

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    A watercolour quality postcard on which I will draw your name (or a loved one's!) in my fancy writing for you to frame a keep

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    pdf eBook of the finished project

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    Copy of the pdf ebook with your name on the dedication page as a valued supporter of this project

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    Pledge £12 or more About $18

    Exclusive Shoo Rayner Drawing Package! Signed Shoo Rayner Sketchbook, Rotring Tikky Pen, Derwent Graphic Pencil and Art Eraser - just like I use in my videos! Plus a project postcard of thanks and poster - see the video for more details .

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    Pledge £17 or more About $26

    Gorgeous Chunky 250x250mm Drawing Is My Life sketchbook 190 pages of Seawhite's all media cartridge paper - something to cherish. So chunky it's over a kilo in weight! Plus a thank you post card and poster - see the video for more details.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $30

    Project supporter. I'll send you a special supporter postcard of thanks and a pdf copy of the Project eBook. Your name will appear on the dedication page of the eBook and in the final credits of the finished Drawing my life video.

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    Pledge £22 or more About $33

    Drawing Is My Life T-Shirt - exclusive, limited edition T-Shirt with my Drawing is my Life logo.

    Price includes Shipping to UK US Europe and Canada only

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    Pledge £25 or more About $38

    Signed piece of black and white artwork from my DrawStuffRealEasy YouTube Channel with a certificate of authenticity. Plus a limited edition poster, thank you postcard and a pdf ebook of the project.

    You'll have an opportunity to make a preference for which drawing you would like, but this will be on a first come, first serve basis, otherwise I will choose what I feel are the best drawings first.

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    Pledge £30 or more About $45

    Signed piece of black and white or pencil artwork from my ShooRaynerDrawing YouTube Channel with a certificate of authenticity. Plus a imited edition poster, thank you postcard and a pdf ebook of the project.

    You'll have an opportunity to make a preference for which drawing you would like, but this will be on a first come, first serve basis, otherwise I will choose what I feel are the best drawings first.

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    Signed piece of colour artwork from my Drawstuffrealeasy ShooRaynerDrawing and Shoobeedoodling Channels with a certificate of authenticity. Plus a Limited edition Poster, thank you postcard and a pdf ebook of the project.

    You'll have an opportunity to make a preference for which drawing you would like, but this will be on a first come, first serve basis, otherwise I will choose what I feel are the best drawings first.

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    Pledge £40 or more About $60

    Signed Piece of colour artwork from The Drawing My Life Videos that will be drawn for this project with a certificate of authenticity. Plus a imited edition poster, thank you postcard and a pdf ebook of the project.

    You'll have an opportunity to make a preference for which drawing you would like, but this will be on a first come, first serve basis, otherwise I will choose what I feel are the best drawings first.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $76

    Join the Club! Access to my exclusive behind the scenes private blog area on my website. Get pre-screenings of videos, (must have a youtube account) follow how things are going ask questions - make suggestions. You will also get a signed piece of colour artwork from The Drawing My Life Videos that will be drawn for this project with a certificate of authenticity. Plus a limited edition poster, thank you postcard and a pdf ebook of the project. You'll have an opportunity to make a preference for which drawing you would like, but this will be on a first come, first serve basis, otherwise I will choose what I feel are the best drawings first.

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    Pledge £60 or more About $91

    Commission a video on the ShooRaynerDrawing Channel. Choose what you would like Shoo to draw, have your name and dedication on the video on YouTube (WOW!) plus you will also get the signed artwork with a certificate of authenticity. Plus a limited edition poster, thank you postcard and a pdf ebook of the project. (I reserve the right not to draw anything I think is not suitable or that infringes other people's copyright, so no Disney characters! I think you know the kind of thing I do! :)

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    Pledge £75 or more About $113

    Sponsor a Drawing My Life Video. There are at least 20 more episode to go! Have your name appear in the opening credits as Associate Producer plus a thank you in the end credits. You will also get a signed piece of colour artwork from the dedication screen in your Drawing My Life Video with a certificate of authenticity. Plus a limited edition poster, thank you postcard and a pdf ebook of the project.

    You will also get the Club membership mentioned above and an invitation to the the World Premiere Screening of the final feature length video at the YouTube Creator Space in London (WOW!). Details to be confirmed - you will have to pay all your expenses to London and back home again!

    (The term Associate Producer will be deemed to be purely an honorary title and will not confer any rights over the episode) This will not be for advertising your products. If you wish to partner commercially, please get in touch through my website.

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    Pledge £80 or more About $121

    Half hour Skype or Google Call with Shoo! Chew the fat, shoot the breeze, ask silly questions, tell me a joke, portfolio advice, children's book writing advice, whatever!

    I'll look forward to seeing you and talking to you wherever you are in the world!

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    Pledge £250 or more About $378

    Sponsor the final, feature length Drawing My Life Video. Have your name appear in the opening credits as Associate Producer plus a thank you in the end credits. You will also get a signed piece of colour artwork from the dedication screen in your Drawing My Life Video with a certificate of authenticity. Plus a DVD, a limited edition poster, thank you postcard and a pdf ebook of the project.

    You will also get the Club membership mentioned above and an invitation the to the World Premiere Screening of the final feature length video at the YouTube Creator Space in London (WOW!). Details to be confirmed - you will have to pay all your expenses to London and back home again!

    (The term Associate Producer will be deemed to be purely an honorary title and will not confer any rights over the episode) This will not be for advertising your products. If you would like to be involved as an advertising partner, please get in touch.

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    Pledge £1,200 or more About $1,812

    This is really special. I will come and draw your life for a day and make it into a drawing your life movie! You will have to pay all additional costs - reasonable travel, accommodation etc. so this could be expensive, but an amazing opportunity for maybe a wedding or a really special day in your life to be recorded forever.

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    Pledge £2,500 or more About $3,776

    Drawing the life of your business. Why not have a totally different video for your business conference, shareholder meeting or advertisement?

    As above, you will have to pay all additional costs - reasonable travel, accommodation etc. so this could be expensive, but an amazing opportunity for a smart business looking to be different in a crowded space

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Funding period

- (30 days)