Faces on the Ferry
My name is Rachelle Meyer. I’m an American illustrator living in Amsterdam, specializing in children's books and storytelling. In 2017, I started sketching fellow commuters on the NDSM ferry in a tiny sketchbook. It's a short but sweet trip of about 12 minutes, connecting my home in Amsterdam Noord with my studio in the center of town. When I'd get to work, I'd make a cup of coffee and finish off the hasty little pencil sketches in about 15 minutes or so.
I started off by posting these sketches on Instagram.
Once the sketchbook was full, I flipped through it and thought that there was more to it than the sum of its parts. So I made a film and put it on YouTube.
The film and the sketches received a lot of positive feedback that led to new commissions,television interviews, and speaking engagements.
One of my favorite unexpected outcomes of the sketchbook was that it told a joyous little story of the changing of the seasons from winter to spring.
I'd been dying to get back into screen printing again and decided to use some of these small drawings as a launching point to play with limited color palettes and a sharper stylization of form.
My three goals with this Kickstarter campaign?
- to finish these eight prints for the winter and spring seasons
- to launch a parallel career as an independent artist alongside my work as an illustrator for hire, creating work that is meaningful to me and others
- to return to the ferry with another tiny palm-sized sketchbook and round out a full year of Faces on the Ferry with an additional series for the summer and fall
I'd like to thank J.C. & Anphibius for providing the music for the trailer as well as for the original Faces on the Ferry movie. I received (in)valuable advice from Amy Fuller at Egeltje Consulting about how to estimate costs and set a sound financial goal for this project.
Risks and challenges
I don't see a high risk factor involved in completing this project. I'm a professional illustrator, and I've already test-driven components of this project with the first sketchbook, the film and by making silkscreen prints. I'd love to continue working on all aspects of Faces on the Ferry, from the small onsite sketches to the silkscreening, and with your help, I hope to get this done.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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