10/20/17: Updated to add stretch goals.
I'm Andy Swartz, a freelance artist and illustrator. My artwork is typified by dream-like, faintly creepy neotraditional still lifes and macabre fantasy wildlife mixed media paintings in gouache and colored pencil on wooden panels. I am a mostly self-taught artist, and I'm inspired by cartoons, scientific illustration, and folklore and myths.
While most of you know me as the creator of The Wooden Tarot, The Earthbound Oracle, and The Seeker's Lenormand (among other things), what I actually spend most of my time doing is larger gouache and colored pencil paintings on wood while traveling around the States to show work at outdoor art fairs. Just this past year I've shown at art festivals in Buffalo, Minneapolis, and Salt Lake City, as well as several other local southeastern shows like Dragon Con and the Atlanta Dogwood Festival (where I won best in 2D Mixed Media in 2016). It's a lot of work, but the freedom and experience I get from traveling and selling my own art is worth all of the mileage and labor.
One of the staples of the work that I show at art festivals is print reproductions of original paintings. I scan all of my originals in 900dpi sections and piece them together in Photoshop to offer a variety of print sizes. They're an alternative to more pricey original paintings, and are a great place to start for people just getting into collecting art or for folks who just want something cool on their walls.
The goal of this Kickstarter is to fund the purchase and operation of a large scale, 24" giclee printer to make much larger prints than the sizes I currently have available. Earlier this year I offered 18x24" prints on wood that were very popular, but unfortunately very expensive to have made through a professional print shop. It was also difficult to match up their production and shipping times with my own show schedule. So, after years of research on giclee printers, and after running my own smaller printer, I've decided it's time for an upgrade.
Basically, I want to go bigger and better. Giclee (essentially a fancy word for an aqueous inkjet print, but with much higher implied quality) prints are industry standard for the fine art world. While my current print offerings are archival and rated to last 100+ years, I would still like to push the quality of the prints that I offer even higher along with offering MUCH bigger sizes. It will be much easier and more cost effective in the long run if I make my own prints.
By backing this Kickstarter, you'll be helping me fund the very high initial costs of acquiring the printer while receiving some limited edition prints at a much lower price than if you bought them from my online store or at an art festival.
These are the standard size prints that I offer online and at art festivals. They're open edition, giclee prints on archival matte fine art paper, with a half inch border around the image. This is an extremely common frame size, so you should have no problem finding a frame as cheap or as fancy as you like.
These are common open edition, giclee prints mounted onto wooden panels. They're permanently affixed to the wood and sealed with an acrylic varnish. There's no need for a frame for these and they're ready to hang! These are by far the most popular prints that I offer since they look almost exactly like the original.
I'm offering a Kickstarter exclusive size and run of Caduceus, my most recent finished painting. This 16x20" print on wood is permanently affixed to the wooden panel and is sealed with an acrylic varnish. The size of the edition will be determined after the campaign is over, and I'll never make Caduceus prints of this size again. Prints will be signed and numbered on the bottom edge of the panel. You didn't ask, but this is probably my favorite piece that I've done in at least a year.
These are some of the new prints that I'll be offering starting with this Kickstarter. These are Limited Edition (of 50), giclee prints on archival matte fine art paper, with a one inch white border around the image. Prints will be signed and numbered in pencil along the bottom white border. These large prints will ship rolled in a tube for extra protection.
I offered a small selection of these larger prints on wood earlier this year and they were a huge hit. They're Limited Edition (of 50), giclee prints mounted onto wooden panels and sealed with acrylic varnish. Prints will be signed and numbered on the bottom edge of the panel.
These are HUGE, poster sized prints. The absolute largest sizes that I can offer. These are Limited Edition (of 13), giclee prints on archival matte fine art paper, with a one inch border around the image. Go big or go home. Prints will be signed and numbered in pencil along the bottom white border. These prints will ship rolled in a tube for extra protection.
You'll be able to choose which print image you want after the campaign is over. In the event that a limited edition sells out before you choose, you will have the opportunity to choose another print or receive a full refund.
REACHED! If we reach $5000 in funding, I'll include these 4x6" black and gold letterpress certificates of authenticity with all limited edition prints. They'll have the title, dimensions, and edition number of the print, and will be signed by me. Fancy. Don't worry, I'll be including a handwritten thank you note for everyone who backed for an open edition print so you won't be left out.
If we reach $6000 in funding, I'll include these 2x3" Caduceus die cut stickers with every reward for any print. (I'll also be able to purchase more rolls of paper and ink tanks).
If we reach $7000 in funding, I'll include these 2x3" Ruby die cut stickers with every reward for any print. (I'll also be able to purchase extra bits and pieces for the printer that will need to eventually be replaced due to wear and tear).
If we reach $8000 in funding, I'll include these 2x3" Fireworks die cut stickers with every reward for any print. (I'll also be able to purchase even larger 300mL ink tanks).
Thank you for taking the time to check out my Kickstarter project. I love my Kickstarter family and couldn't do it without you.
I will be working on new art during the campaign, so be sure to check the updates for new work in progress and new print offerings!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge will be learning to use a new, complicated printer. I've been making my own prints for 5 years now, and have done a few years of research into giclee printers, so it shouldn't take too long to do some proofs and experiments. These prints will be going out before Christmas, so I'll ship the international orders first so they'll have some extra time to arrive.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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