January, February & March Original art cards

Hello Patron’s and casual passerby’s! Welcome!

Three months of art cards featuring my original artwork are ready to release into the wilds of the U.S. postal system.

These are sketches from imagination. What does that mean? I just start drawing and turn the lines into something meaningful as I progress.

It is a new technique to me. But, many famous illustrators like Karl Kopinksi, Peter Han and Kim Jung Gi.

I will notify the winners through the Patreon in-mail! Thank you, Patron’s!

Brian

Art card test prints!

Recieved these cards yesterday! Things are looking good overall! I was using ClipStudio Paint to color these, which is a change from my usual software Photoshop. So, I wanted to check the color from my file to the printed piece.
My friend Isi has a letterpress and print shop. She printed them and will print and finish the final order.

It is funny to me. When I work on the files I feel like they don’t measure up (to what standard, I am not sure). Then I will take some time away from them, completing other tasks and when I come back I am thankful and like them. Then I see them produced and I say,”who did these? They look like a pro worked on them!”

It is screwy, but I am way better than I used to be. But, self confidence in some areas is a process. Keep on going!

Current State of Affairs

Hello Patrons,

This is the first monthly update that provides a more holistic picture of the progress I am making as I race towards publishing my first book on Kickstarter.

All of my focus in January and February has been on bringing the book to life. Hopefully, with this update, the past posts and the future ones will have some context.

Kickstarter has a few checklist items that one should have to launch a successful campaign. This list for my project has included everything you could imagine. This has been getting paired down to some essential swag that enhances the book.

The book

-48-page estimate.

-Perfect bound, graphic novel format.

-Oversized goodness, 9×12.”

-Embossed, foil, and UV (shiny sections) on the cover.

Art cards

-5×7″

-Cotton paper, archival quality

-Digital prints

-Letterpress details, foil, and blind embossing.

-Full-color version

-Monochromatic artist version

30 extras

-30 backers will get their likeness in the book as background characters. Think shop keepers, barmaids, street urchins, and the like.

-A printed guide to help locate your portrait in the book. Remember those guides in elementary school that would show who was who in the signing of the Declaration of Independence? Like those!

Custom Chucks

-2 backers will get custom Chuck Taylor hi-tops with original artwork on both shoes.

Stretch goals are for when you hit predetermined pledge goals. Here is the list thus far.

-Bookmarks (think art cards, but narrow)

-Enamel pins for every backer of a physical book.

-B/W (ashcan) version of the book, digital. Just the digital inks of the comic panels.

-The penciled version of the book, digital. Only digital pencils of the comic panels.

-B/W (ashcan) version of the book, PHYSICAL. Just the digital inks of the comic panels.

-The penciled version of the book, PHYSICAL. Only digital pencils of the comic panels.

What things would you like to see as rewards or swag items for the campaign? Comment and let me know!

Progress report

I sent the three art cards to a local printer I will use for the final production run to have color proofs printed. I wil pick them up this week.

Came up with a bunch of foil ornaments for the art cards, but they still need some focus. I will share them this week with you.

There are seven pages of comic panels that need to be storyboarded fo the final book. I completed two this week. Will share that shortly.

Started laying out the final book with a new layout grid in InDesign.

Completed January’s sketch card pencils for one of you my Patrons! Will post a pic of it shortly.

More to come and thank you for your patronage!