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A sketchbook of colorful characters inspired by theme park enthusiasts!
A sketchbook of colorful characters inspired by theme park enthusiasts!
A sketchbook of colorful characters inspired by theme park enthusiasts!
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Welcome to the Tourist! Year 1 Kickstarter!

Where to find me online:

My Facebook Fanpage

https://www.facebook.com/tkgentryart

My Gallery Website

http://www.tkylegentry.com/

WHO AM I?

My name is Kyle Gentry and I am a character designer and visual development artist. I graduated from the Ringling College of Art and Design in 1997 and I now live in Orlando, Florida.

I have 18 years of character design and illustration experience working in animation, game design, children's book illustration, editorial illustration and medical illustration.  Currently, I am hard at work creating character designs for Magic Synapse LLC on an animated short entitled "The Magic Poof." The short is on track to become an animated series. Exciting!

What Is This Crazy Tourist Thing?

I have many interests which inspire me including Star Wars, Disney Animation, Loony Toons, etc. One thing I really love to do is people watch in Orlando area theme parks. I thought why not combine my skills as a character designer and my enjoyment of tourist watching and whammo!!!  "Tourist! Year 1" came to be.  

I spent one year going into theme parks one day a week with my sketchbook creating characters out of the most memorable, whacky, irritating, hilarious and strange tourists that crossed my path. I intend to publish an 8"x10" premium hardcover art book collecting these drawings.

I am truly passionate about Tourist! Year 1 and I hope you will partner with me and help get it published! To the right and below are the reward levels with different goodies based on various giving amounts.  Please look over them carefully and choose the one that suits you best.  

How am I going to do it?

I am glad you asked!   I already have a printer and a planned timeline for the printing process. It generally takes 6-8 weeks for proof approval, printing and shipping.  The book will be high quality hardcover with spot gloss uv on the cover and include colored end pages.  The interior pages will be printed on thick 105 lb. matte finish paper. I want you to have the best quality I can possibly provide.  

The Good Stuff!

Here is a time lapse video of a tourist character digital rendering.  I generally pencil sketch in the theme parks and then use programs like Painter, Photoshop, Manga Studio EX5 or Mischief to finish them off.   I love traditional tools as well, so there will also be pencil, marker, brushpen and tech pen finished sketches included in Tourist! Year 1.

Behold a final page and work in progress sketches.

I want the book interior to have a handmade "scrapbook" appearance.   It's lots of fun! Please note that I do not create exact facial likenesses. I observe tourists and their antics and create characters from that inspiration.  I hope you see it and think... "Hey, I've seen that guy/girl/kid!" or  "Hey, I've BEEN that guy/girl/kid!" The clothes, body type, age, race, attitude, hairstyle, etc. are authentic yet exaggerated. It's my impression of those things that you will see.

Reward Items

I have some great stuff in here...  T-shirts, Posters, Fine Art Prints, copies of my first art book Aliens & Outlaws and, for those that are truly discerning, I have a limited number of original pen & ink and marker sketches.

Reward Levels

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A Big Thanks!

Thank you so much for giving my project your time and consideration. Without people like you, none of what I do would be possible.

A very special thanks to Heath Richards for recording and editing my video!

Risks and challenges

The largest risk is delivery issues from the printer. It is out of my hands if something happens to delay the boat that the books will arrive on. Rest assured that I will get the books shipped out as soon as they come in and the rewards will be added. I will keep all backers informed with regular updates on the status of every phase of production. All rewards will ship with the books so another challenge will be getting everything ordered and compiled. I promise your patience will be rewarded.

The art in the book is 80% complete and I will continue to work to have it 100% completed within a few weeks following the successful funding of Tourist! Year 1.

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    Super Sunscreen Starter!
    Good sunny vibes will float your way for donating to Tourist! Year 1. Many thanks to you!
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    The Fanny Pack!
    - Your name on the kickstarter thank you page in the book!
    - 1 signed copy of Tourist! Year 1
    - Exclusive 2" x 8" Tourist Bookmark

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    The Turkey Leg!
    - Your name on the kickstarter thank you page in the book!
    - 1 Signed Copy of Tourist! Year 1
    - Exclusive 2" x 8" Tourist Bookmark
    - 8.5" x 11" Tourist Character Poster

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    The Socks & Sandals!
    - Your name on the kickstarter thank you page in the book!
    - 1 signed copy of Tourist! Year 1
    - Exclusive 2" x 8" Tourist Bookmark
    - 8.5" x 11" Tourist Character Poster
    - An original Character Head Sketch in your book

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    The Toddler Tantrum Combo!
    - Your name on the kickstarter thank you page in the book!
    - 1 signed copy of Tourist! Year 1
    - Exclusive 2" x 8" Tourist Bookmark
    - 1 signed copy of my first art book Aliens & Outlaws

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    The Umbrella Hat Combo!
    - Your name on the kickstarter thank you page in the book!
    - 2 signed copies of Tourist! Year 1
    - 2 Exclusive 2" x 8" Tourist Bookmarks

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    The Photobomb!
    - Your name on the kickstarter thank you page in the book!
    - 1 signed copy of Tourist! Year 1
    - Exclusive 2" x 8" Tourist Bookmark
    - 1 Tourist! Year 1 Logo T-shirt
    - 8"x10" Fine Art Tourist Character Print

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    The Slick Selfie Combo!
    - Your name on the kickstarter thank you page in the book!
    - 1 signed copy of Tourist! Year 1
    - Exclusive 2" x 8" Tourist Bookmark
    - 1 Tourist! Year 1 Logo T-shirt
    - 1 8"x10" Fine Art Tourist Character Print
    - 1 signed copy of my first art book Aliens & Outlaws

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    The Jet Powered Stroller Combo!
    - Your name on the kickstarter thank you page in the book!
    - 1 signed copy of Tourist! Year 1
    - Exclusive 2" x 8" Tourist Bookmark
    - 1 signed copy of my first art book Aliens & Outlaws
    - 1 5"x7" Original Black and White (Ink) Hand Drawn Character Sketch (No requests please, yours will be unique)

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    The Titanium Diaper Bag Combo!
    - Your name on the kickstarter thank you page in the book!
    - 1 signed copy of Tourist! Year 1
    - Exclusive 2" x 8" Tourist Bookmark
    - 1 signed copy of my first art book Aliens & Outlaws
    - 1 5"x7" Original Color (Marker) Hand Drawn Character Sketch (No requests please, yours will be unique)

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    The Royal Castle Combo!
    - Your name on the kickstarter thank you page in the book!
    - 1 signed copy of Tourist! Year 1
    - Exclusive 2" x 8" Tourist Bookmark
    - 1 signed copy of my first art book Aliens & Outlaws
    - 1 original Character Head Sketch in each book
    - 1 5"x7" Original Color (Marker) Hand Drawn Character Sketch (No requests please, yours will be unique)
    - 1 Tourist! Year 1 Logo T-shirt
    - 8"x10" Fine Art Tourist Character Print
    - 8.5" x 11" Tourist Character Poster

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