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A collection of comic essays about principles for achieving artistic mastery.
A collection of comic essays about principles for achieving artistic mastery.
1,920 backers pledged $39,531 to help bring this project to life.

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What is it?

Brick by Brick is a 200 page, full-color collection of comic essays about sustainable creativity, which is necessary to cultivate if you want to make the long journey to mastery. Each essay describes aspects of goal setting, improvement and self-motivation with all the brevity and succinctness of a tweet. 

Who is it for?

This book is targeted at artists of every type and tribe, from musicians to painters to authors. It also offers a good perspective for anyone pursuing a big goal.

Can I read part of it?

Of course! You can read over ONE HUNDRED pages of the book at doodlealley.com!

Or start by reading these selected essays:

How to Fight Procrastination

How to Deal with Failure

How to Move Towards Big Goals

What do I get if I pledge?

The Book: This edition of Brick by Brick will contain exclusive content-- an extra three essays that won't appear on the website! Those essays will include Name it to Wield it, Divide and Conquer, and Work to Work. You can get this book in both digital and printed formats, and there is even an option to get a signed copy with a sweet sketch inside of the elephant from my comic essay: Hug the Elephant.

 Posters: These 18 by 24 inch posters will encourage you throughout your day and remind you of important principles. Currently, only two essays will be available as posters: Be Friends with Failure, and Be Proactive, Not Reactive. Please email me at doodlealley@gmail.com if you'd like to see another one of my essays made into a poster!

 Inked Commission: Get an original drawing of a full body figure of your choice penciled and inked on an 8.5 by 11 inch piece of bristol board! Subject matter must be PG and no greater in detail than the image above.

 Digital Painting: Commission me to do a digital painting for you or a loved one! Subject matter must be PG and no greater in detail than the images above. You will have a round of feedback at the end of the rough pencil stage to make sure I get the details right. From there I'll take the sketch and make it into a painting. When I'm done I'll send you a print resolution file of the image!

Comic Essay: Do you have an idea you'd like to spread? Does your business need to explain a complicated product or idea to customers? Comics is one of the best mediums to spread ideas and unpack difficult concepts. At the highest pledge tier, you can commission me to write and illustrate a comic essay of up to eight pages about your concept or idea! You will have a round of feedback at the end of the rough pencil stage to make sure I get the details right. From there I'll take the rough pages and render them in a style similar to the essays in Brick by Brick. When I'm done I'll send you a print resolution file of the image!

NOTE: This reward is contingent on my approval, so please contact me with a description of your idea before backing this tier! Once I agree to take on the project, then you can move forward with the pledge! Thank you!

Risks and challenges

Although I have experience from working with a mainstream publisher for the past four years, this my first foray in crowd funding and self publishing and I'm a total beginner! I'm confident I can meet the challenges, but if you have any advice you think might help, please shoot me an email at doodlealley@gmail.com!

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    THE PDF - Get a digital copy of the book in DRM-free PDF format the day after the campaign ends! Includes three exclusive essays that won't appear online!

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    SIGNED BOOK WITH SKETCH - Get a signed copy of the book with a sweet sketch inside of the elephant from my essay, "Hug the Elephant." On top of that, you'll receive a PDF of the book the day after the campaign ends!

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    BOOK & POSTER - Get a book signed and sketched in along with a poster of your choice! Also, you'll get a PDF of the book the day after the campaign ends!

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    GIMME THREE BOOKS! - Get a book signed and sketched in for yourself and two other friends! Also, you'll get a PDF of the book the day after the campaign ends!

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    BOOK & INKED COMMISSION - Get a book signed and sketched in-- along with an inked drawing of a character of your choice on a 8.5x11" sheet of bristol board. Subject matter must be PG and no greater in detail than sample provided. And of course, you'll get a PDF of the book the day after the campaign ends!

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    BOOK, INKED COMMISSION & POSTERS - Get a book signed and sketched in, both posters, and an inked drawing of a character of your choice on a 8.5x11" sheet of bristol board. Subject matter must be PG and no greater in detail than sample provided. And of course, you'll also get a PDF of the book the day after the campaign ends!

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    BOOK & DIGITAL PAINTING - Get a book signed and sketched in and commission me to do a digital painting! Subject matter must be PG and no greater in detail than samples provided. You will have one round of feedback at the end of the rough pencil stage to make sure I get the details right. From there I'll take the sketch and make it into a painting. When I'm done I'll send you a print resolution file of the image! Also, you'll get a PDF of the book the day after the campaign ends!

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    BOOK & COMIC ESSAY - Have an idea you'd like to spread? Need to explain a complicated product or idea to customers? Comics is one of the best mediums to spread ideas and unpack difficult concepts. At this pledge tier, you can commission me to write and illustrate a comic essay of up to eight pages about your concept or idea! You will have a round of feedback at the end of the rough pencil stage to make sure I get the details right. From there I'll take the rough pages and render them in a style similar to the essays in Brick by Brick. When I'm done I'll send you a print resolution file of the image! And of course, this tier comes with a book that's autographed and sketched in, along with a PDF of the book sent to you the day after the campaign ends.

    This reward is contingent on my approval, so please contact me with a description of your idea before backing this tier! Once I agree to take on the project, then you can move forward with the pledge! Thank you!

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