About this project
With a pledge of your support, I'll be able to offer my new Alphabet City print: 36 individually watercolored, hyper-detailed buildings from of A to Z (and 0-9). Each open-roof bungalow in Alphabet City is filled with fun, mysterious combinations of objects that give clues about who (or what) may live inside.
In addition to letters A-Z, Alphabet City also includes specifically school-themed numbers 0-9, because nothing raises the status of a neighborhood faster than when it's zoned in an excellent school district.
BIG SCHOOL - from my 2016 campaign: Since transitioning from holding a day-job for The Man to becoming an artist/stay-at-home dad for two young boys, school related matters are always on my mind. I also happen carry with me a load of psychological baggage that stems from my own traumatic days as a failed pupil (being held back in the 1st grade in the meanest of ways, burning my right nipple off in a failed science experiment and getting expelled in 8th grade, etc). Hence - I needed to draw BIG SCHOOL. Click for secret spoiler stuff hidden in BS.
BIG HOSPITAL - from my 2015 campaign: Have you ever found yourself in a large hospital jonesing for a box of Chuckles but don't know where to find the vending machines? Maybe you're looking for the room where your new-born baby is being incubated? Perhaps you were just released from a long stay in a quarantine chamber and you need to get home to feed your cat? BIG HOSPITAL is here to help!
BIG CANAL - from my 2014 campaign: Super detailed glossy signed print on heavy-weight paper that depicts a weird architectural drawing featuring rooms that include: a rather large canal, a party where no one came, a room of sloppily piled-up donuts, a dinosaur fossil exhibit, multiple bathing facilities, and so much MORE. The original drawing took 8 months to complete. Here's me making part of it.
82 Donuts - from my 2015 campaign: Eighty-two donut varieties that range from Rated-G to naughty. The pink frosting is strawberry flavored.
Letterpress printed pages with yellow Moriki endsheets and bound glassine interleaving. Hard, foil-stamped covers of green Asahi bookcloth, bound with brass screw posts and capable of disassembly for display. Comes with corrugated archival phase box with printed label and string closure. Purchased of the collections of MIT, U-VA, Lafayette College and others.
I'm painfully aware of how expensive framing can be, especially when the print size doesn't fit into a standard off-the-shelf frame. That's why Alphabet City measures 18" x 24". It's a standard size which means you have a butt-load of economical frame-it-yourself options available anywhere that sells frames (Michael's, Blick, Hobby Lobby, Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon, Ikea, Dollar Tree, Frame Freaks, Framers of the Constitution, Your Frame is Way Lame, the Pope's Picture Protectors, I've Been Framed! and the Fotomat in the 1970's mall parking lot and, etc). Another interesting option I recommend is GLOSSY lamination (not matte). I've done it and it works beautifully. It costs about $20 and most Kinko's/FedEx/Staples stores will do it on the same day. After the print is laminated it becomes virtually indestructible (think about what happens to stuff hanging in your kids' rooms) and you can write on it with dry-erase markers.
- People who love art but don't want to spend gobs of money on it
- People learning to count
- People learning to read
- People who know how to count and read but honestly could use some help with it every now and then
- People with bad/no art on their walls and need an upgrade
- People who are looking for a conversation starter in case they ever bring home a date, for heaven's sake
- People whose marriage has become a bit stale and want to spice things up - a lot
- People who want inexpensive but original and intellectual [seeming] art that not everyone else has seen before
- People who want to support the making of fresh, new art
Drawing enhances my ability to see inside of things, test how far they can bend, take them apart, put them back together and come to a better understanding of how they work. More info here.
Risks and challenges
Unless a majority of the hydrogen-filled weather balloons suspending my aluminum lawn chair in a test flight that I plan to take over the Hudson River to Jersey City from Brooklyn prove to be simultaneously defective just before my campaign ends, I'm pretty sure I will be able to fulfill all of the reward obligations people have pledged for in a timely manner. ALSO!
One reason I was chosen to do a Kickstarter Gold campaign is that all of the pledges for my four previous campaigns were successfully and satisfactorily fulfilled on time.
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