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I'd like to complete a gigantic, weird architectural watercolor drawing and make prints of it
Thanks to all of my backers - BIG CANAL was a huge success. I'm now working on the next phase: BIG HOSPITAL! I plan to launch it on or before May 1, 2015.
Thanks to all of my backers - BIG CANAL was a huge success. I'm now working on the next phase: BIG HOSPITAL! I plan to launch it on or before May 1, 2015.
1,202 backers pledged $49,514 to help bring this project to life.

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I've worked for eight months trying to complete a 5' x 6' pen & ink and watercolor drawing of an fantastical architectural interior I call BIG CANAL. For the past twenty years I've precariously balanced a full-time job with my art career. But as of Nov. 10, 2014, I quit my job to concentrate solely on my art. I intend to kickstart a new level to my career as an artist with this campaign. Less time working for The Man means more time creating new work in my studio. In the eight months it took me to complete BIG CANAL, I now have the time to create six times as much work, ultimately culminating in a solo exhibition of similar drawings. 

detail #1 of BIG CANAL
detail #1 of BIG CANAL

Some of the funds generated by this Kickstarter campaign will allow me to publish a high-quality 25" x 30" print of BIG CANAL so I can share it with the world. The prints and art rewards will be mailed out Dec. 10 - Dec 15 so you should have everything by Dec. 25.

detail #2 of BIG CANAL
detail #2 of BIG CANAL

I started making these architectural drawings about fifteen years ago but I had never attempted one as intricate as BIG CANAL. After seeing how children interacted with a fun kid’s book I illustrated for McSweeney's  (The Clock Without a Face co-authored with geniuses Mac Barnett (his TED talk is here!) and Eli Horowitz (of Silent History fame!) I was fortunate enough to be asked to make a similar piece for the waiting room for the new Johns’ Hopkins Children’s Hospital in Baltimore, MD. While I am thrilled that the piece is on permanent display in the main reception area room of the hospital, I wanted to be able to share one of these large architectural drawings with those not able to see the actual watercolor in person.

some of the completed rewards (updated 12-5-14)
some of the completed rewards (updated 12-5-14)
donut samples
donut samples
the WORD reward for a dentist office. Original pen & ink and watercolor.
the WORD reward for a dentist office. Original pen & ink and watercolor.


Another thing I can't seem to stop drawing are gross/lovely pink donuts, sometimes in embarrassingly compromising positions. If you fund my campaign enough to receive your own copy of the print, you and a loved one just might spend HOURS together pouring over the rooms in the composition, seeking and finding hidden donuts sprinkled, tossed and violently thrown around. Incidentally, I'm offering your very own custom drawn/watercolored donut as one of the campaign rewards. I'll send you a form to fill out so I know exactly what you want and how you want it.

another sample of a custom bathroom drawing reward
another sample of a custom bathroom drawing reward
color art on front HEAVY WATER poster
color art on front HEAVY WATER poster
both sides of the HEAVY WATER poster
both sides of the HEAVY WATER poster
2-layered letterpress print with hand-cut windows
2-layered letterpress print with hand-cut windows
$150 pledge - super rare The Clock without a Face litho image
$150 pledge - super rare The Clock without a Face litho image
$150 pledge - super rare The Clock without a Face litho on a drying rack
$150 pledge - super rare The Clock without a Face litho on a drying rack
$150 pledge - super rare The Clock without a Face litho - during printing and ina  fancy-shmancy Manhattan bookstore window
$150 pledge - super rare The Clock without a Face litho - during printing and ina fancy-shmancy Manhattan bookstore window
roughing out in graphite - figuring out the walls
roughing out in graphite - figuring out the walls
filling in the rooms with STUFF
filling in the rooms with STUFF
more filling in
more filling in
mostly filled in with graphite
mostly filled in with graphite

 Preliminary test drawing for BIG CANAL (watch in HD if possible):

3 layers of ink lines drawn over pencil with old fashioned dip pen
3 layers of ink lines drawn over pencil with old fashioned dip pen
ink is nearly complete
ink is nearly complete
watercolor marathon begins: some areas have 40 layers of color
watercolor marathon begins: some areas have 40 layers of color
nearing the end - about a month left to go
nearing the end - about a month left to go
almost done
almost done
super close
super close
done!
done!
detail #3 of BIG CANAL
detail #3 of BIG CANAL
drawing tools
drawing tools
I have a love-hate relationship with these pen nibs
I have a love-hate relationship with these pen nibs
watercolor
watercolor

 One of the anatomical drawings I did last year:

Another thing I make in my studio are 'artist books'. Here's a recent example of a one-of-a-kind book: 

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I owe a HUGE debt of gratitude to my friend John Culhane for helping me launch this campaign - especially all the video editing. THANK YOU JOHN!!

Risks and challenges

Unless I break my right arm or lose both my eyes, I'm pretty sure I can fulfill all of the reward obligations people have signed on for in a timely manner. I'm going to try super (duper) hard to send stuff out so campaign backers have their rewards in time for the holidays, but I can't promise it'll be there by then.

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    You will receive a 'Thank You' on a dedicated page on teplin.com and my sincere gratitude for your help.

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    High resolution download of BIG CANAL suitable as a screensaver for your desktop

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    Copy of the signed heavy-weight, glossy 25" x 30" BIG CANAL poster - along with a limited edition 2-color exhibition print on blue paper from The Clock Without a Face that measures 9" x 15". Very limited quantity.

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    Copy of the signed heavy-weight, glossy 25" x 30" BIG CANAL poster - along with very rare limited edition poster for Scott Teplin's 2007 "HEAVY WATER" exhibition in Paris. 2 sided, signed (see HEAVY WATER images at left).

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    Copy of the signed heavy-weight, glossy 25" x 30" BIG CANAL poster - along with a limited edition (100) 8" x 10" letterpress print from 2007 with hand-cut windows revealing a floral pattern behind the image. Ships flat - hence the extra fee.

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    Copy of the signed heavy-weight, glossy 25" x 30" BIG CANAL print, IN ADDITION TO a watercolored drawing of a pink, strawberry frosted donut that both disgusts and makes one salivate all at the same time.

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    Copy of the signed heavy-weight, glossy 25" x 30" BIG CANAL poster - along with a SUPER RARE limited edition hand-pulled 2-color (dark blue and green on archival Mohawk buff paper printed at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop) lithograph independent bookstore promo poster. House shaped. Signed by the artist. SUPER, DUPER RARE.

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    Copy of the signed heavy-weight, glossy 25" x 30" BIG CANAL print IN ADDITION TO an original watercolored drawing THE WORD OF YOUR CHOICE (12 letters, maximum) made of pink, strawberry frosted donuts that both disgusts and makes one salivate all at the same time.

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    Copy of the signed heavy-weight, glossy 25" x 30" BIG CANAL print IN ADDITION TO an original 8" x 10" watercolored drawing of a bathroom using a color scheme that you prefer.

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    Copy of the signed heavy-weight, glossy 25" x 30" BIG CANAL print, IN ADDITION TO an original 12” x 15” pen & ink and watercolor drawing of a multi-room structure similar to BIG CANAL but smaller.

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    GLOBAL SHIPPING. Copy of the signed heavy-weight, glossy 25" x 30" BIG CANAL print, IN ADDITION TO an original 12” x 15” pen & ink and watercolor drawing of a multi-room structure similar to BIG CANAL but smaller.

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    OMG MEGA REWARD: includes the custom donut drawing, the custom bathroom drawing, the custom 12" x 15" multi-room structure and a donut word drawing with up to 12 letters plus 3 BIG CANAL prints. Drawings ship separately - BIG CANAL prints will be sent to you first and drawings by early spring.

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    Copy of the signed heavy-weight, glossy 25" x 30" BIG CANAL print IN ADDITION TO your very own custom-made 22" x 30" drawing in the same style as BIG CANAL except you get to help choose which rooms to draw and what I put in them.

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