You know how the old stories go, "There once was an evil dragon and there was a knight. The knight fought and killed the dragon and the king rewarded the knight and then he got married to the princess." I want to change all that.
I’m Torrance, and I want to tell you about my book The Knight and the Dragon. I want to let the world know that people who are different from you are not bad people. You shouldn’t judge before you even get to know them. Bringing love to the world has been important. The knight doesn’t always have to get married to the princess. Love is meant for everyone. So I wrote a story for everyone, from little kids to adults because we all deserve love.
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I’ve been a visual designer for over 7 years. A few partners and I started a small design studio in Southern California about three years ago. Last year, we decided to do something we're excited about - which led to this project. I’m familiar with designing and also the printing industry. I’m a writer with a great sense of artistry and a good connection with awesome illustrators worldwide. I tried my best to reduce the budget for the highest quality for the book.
All the illustrations are painted with watercolor and finished with digital retouch. We chose to use watercolor because it allows light to be reflected from the surface of the paper through layers of color which gives the texture we're looking for.
Every single page of the illustration took at least 2-3 weeks to finish, from brainstorming to storyboards to sketches to coloring to final retouch. It took us (a team of 5 people) one whole year to finish the book. A team with a writer full of imagination, an extremely talented illustrator, a hardworking graphic designer, a detail-oriented proofreader and someone who provided all-around support.
The Kickstarter edition of the book will be a special limited edition 9 x 9 inch full-color hardcover book which is a bigger size version with higher paper quality. It's not only the best version but also great for your collection.
- An adventurous yet loving story perfect for you and/or your kids
- Beautiful watercolor with spreads and half spreads
- Spot gloss cover for a unique texture and eye-catching shine (Kickstarter edition)
- 9 x 9 inches special edition size (Kickstarter edition)
- Hardback for long-lasting enjoyment
- High quality and traditionally printed
- Unique illustrations on every page that open imaginations and discussions
Premium Canvas Prints
12 x 12 inch premium canvas prints are also available in the rewards.
- Art-quality canvas material
- Built-in hangers for easy display
- Canvas is wrapped in a sturdy wood frame for extra weight and durability.
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All proceeds will go towards these expenses
- Illustration, Cover Design, Graphic & Layout: $3,000
- Printing: $3000 - $5000 depending on the amount printed
- Shipping: $1000
- Initial, basic business affairs, copyright, graphic art, etc: $450
- Kickstarter fee: 8%-10%
Total estimate: $8500
Note that this book is about accepting different races and people, and depicts a same-sex paring. If you object to such depictions please consider before backing this project.
Risks and challenges
All the stories and illustrations were done before we started funding this project. And I’ve found the best children’s book printing company for this book.
Since everything is well prepared, you will get the book whenever we are done with the process. However, there could be a time delay due to unpredictable reasons but we sure will try our best to prevent it from happening.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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