I am really excited to announce my first Kickstarter for my book - Sketch Every Day. Designed to motivate and support artists of all abilities to develop a healthy sketching habit, it will be filled with my art and tutorials - focusing on how to develop engaging characters, and perfect many important art fundamentals.
I have worked as an artist and Head of Art at a game company for over ten years, where I created all kinds of characters and helped shape the look of many a game. I am also a mum, and capturing the mundane everyday scenes with my son has given my art a true core and frequently inspires my sketches.
However, I distinctly remember a moment in 2014 when I opened a fresh sketchbook having really high expectations for my first drawing, but as I hadn't drawn in a long while, what I produced really shocked me! So, I started to sketch every day (well, nearly every day!) and post my artworks online. This regular habit of drawing, practicing and sharing has inspired me to draw more and draw better!
I have also been presenting my knowledge on various drawing topics, posting them on my Patreon for a while now. A lot of people have asked me if these would ever be put together in the form of a book - I love the idea of spreading the knowledge I have accumulated over the years this way, so now I am asking for your help so I can share all I have learned artistically (professionally and privately) in this 208 page book!
Keep reading to learn more about the book, additional items available during this campaign, and also a sneak peek at some of the stretch goals that will be made available if we reach certain targets within the campaign!
In this book, I want to help you feel motivated to practice (nearly) every day, and to develop engaging characters of all shapes, ages and sizes.
The book includes:
FUN AND EASY-TO-FOLLOW ART FUNDAMENTAL TUTORIALS SUCH AS Lighting and shading, Inking and lineweight, Foreshortening, Stability, Perspective, Composition, Spacing, How to make your colors pop, Choosing your colors... and CHARACTER DESIGN TUTORIALS SUCH AS Head shapes, Faces, Eyes, Noses, Mouths, Expressions, Hair, Body shapes and proportions, Posing, Figures interacting, Animals, Fur, Clothes, Shapes and silhouettes, Gadgets, Ageing characters, Trees...
And as well as tutorials and techniques, I will share the artistic journey that I have been on, the impact of social media on my journey, and how I have found it possible to make a living from creating art.
Along with sharing a collection of my works from the last 15+ years, I will also show illustrations that have never been seen before, and will talk about how I have found it possible to be a successful artist and parent at the same time. It is achievable - honestly!
Sketch Every Day will be a great resource for artists at every stage of their creative journey.
Of course, this is a huge project and I'm so grateful that 3dtotal Publishing, who have printed many inspirational and educational resources for artists before, have agreed to partner up with me on this, too. But I am also asking for your help and for you to all join me on this journey of bettering our art!
The mock-ups shown are on this page are examples of content I would like to include in the book, but please note, designs are subject to change. All of the content within the book is written and illustrated by myself. If this campaign is successful in funding, I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I have enjoyed creating it!
These are the exclusive items you can receive across a selection of the tiers. Find out all about the the extra goodies you can receive below. Some tiers are limited though, so hurry and get yours quick!
In return for your support for this project, I am offering signed, first-edition copies across a selection of tiers. There will be a limited number available so make sure to get yours before they run out!
PLEASE NOTE DESIGNS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
SKETCHBOOK I love a square-shaped sketchbook, and this particular 64-page sketchbook has been created exclusively for this campaign. I have chosen the paper inside as I find it great for sketching and drawing on with pen and pencil, and will even take light color washes. It has also been designed as a perfect accompaniment to the main book, as you go about sketching the world around you on a (nearly) daily basis!
The Instagram-friendly square shape is perfect for sharing your sketches online. Keep motivated by sharing your sketches with the #sketchnearlyeveryday and #sketchwithschmoe.
SET OF PRINTS
I have chosen three prints of my artwork - these cute Woodland Kids - to share along with the book. The set of three prints is available across a number of tiers. Each print will be 150mm x 150mm.
ONE-OFF SIGNED ORIGINAL ARTWORK
I am offering some original, signed artworks for sale. If you back any of these three tiers, you will also receive a signed copy of the book, a sketchbook, and a set of 3 prints.
COMMISSION - FAMILY PORTRAIT!
I am offering a one-off opportunity to paint you and/or your family, similar to this painting I created of the three of us, below. All I will need will be a photo and a summary of what you would like to have painted. 3dtotal will be in touch after the campaign has concluded to administrate this all.
Through Kickstarter, we have the opportunity to thank those who made this book possible by adding stretch goals to the campaign. The more the campaign funds, the more fun and exclusive, free-of-charge items we can give our backers! I have had lots of fun designing these stretch goals, which are purposely designed to accompany the two books.
Stretch goals are available for all backers from Tier 2 and above.
Thank you for your interest in this project. I hope you might consider backing the project to help make this book come to life!
3dtotal Publishing is able to ship worldwide! Simply select your pledge option and your location, and Kickstarter will calculate the shipping for you.
All rewards will be sent out at the same time (both signed and unsigned). However, if there is a very high number of backers, please keep in mind that it will take us a few days to work our way through packaging all the rewards. 3dtotal Publishing has a fulfilment company lined up to do this as quickly as possible, so once dispatched, rewards should reach you in 10-15 working days.
Unforeseen delays that are out of our control can occur during delivery, so please allow an additional two weeks before checking up on your package. We will be doing our best to make sure everything gets to you on time!
For those who are not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s a worldwide crowd-funding platform for artists and their creative projects. Once the funding period ends, we will start finalizing the book and the extra rewards, which will be sent to you in October. About a month before that, we will send you a survey through Kickstarter, asking for your address – the reason we wait until a few weeks before is so that we have everyone’s most up-to-date details. When the survey is ready for you to fill in, you will receive an email through Kickstarter. We ask that you fill the survey in as soon as possible, to avoid any delays in sending out your reward!
As seasoned users of Kickstarter, 3dtotal Publishing know that a very small number of backers don’t fill in the survey at the end of a Kickstarter campaign, making it impossible for us to process and ship their rewards. 3dtotal pledges to hold all rewards for backers that fail to fill in their survey for 12 months and to make multiple efforts to contact the backers in question to try to successfully deliver their items.
Risks and challenges
One of the biggest challenges will be producing and delivering everything to you on time. We've selected an expert printer to work with and a fulfilment company 3dtotal Publishing has an established relationship with, so everything is in place as much as possible to ensure smooth production and delivery by the end of October 2019.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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