Today, I begin with a mega shout out to three artists in the house:
John Shelley, Roxie Munro & Candy Gourlay
Thanks to John, we have use of this luscious painting to promote Mary Hoffman's IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS as well as the Kickstarter campaign we hope will bring it to life.
John originally produced this work for the cover of his picture book collaboration with author Jane Sutcliffe: STONE GIANT, MICHELANGELO'S DAVID AND HOW HE CAME TO BE (Charlesbridge, 2014). We've all loved it from afar...
So when he offered to let us use it for both the campaign and Mary's future title suite, we thought we'd died and gone to heaven!
John did a ton of research for this painting, and it shows. His rendering of Michelangelo depicts honestly that the artist once suffered a broken nose. You'll have to read Mary's coming story to find out how and why :)
Thank you, John, for the most awesome donation to our project and campaign!
And here's the best part: We will be offering an exclusive print run of John's beautiful work as a campaign reward! (Donor level TBD.)
And now, let's give it up for author/ illustrator extraordinaire, Roxie Munro!
Roxie is the master of mazes (though it must be said she's really good at drawing creepy crawly things too.) And what is an ancient city if it's not an intricate maze of winding streets and wonky buildings?
So, I commissioned Roxie to create an original piece of art for IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS.
And even though the story won't be released until this time next year, Roxie got right on it so that it, too, can be printed and offered as another campaign reward. In fact, her piece will be offered at several levels: the finished painting as well as limited edition prints of the finished painting; and the pre-painted inked original as well as limited edition prints of that.
And at a more modest donor level, we're going to offer it for FREE as a pdf download.
Thank you Roxie! Your generosity knows no bounds!
Here are some of her early sketches, for our eyes only. As a member of the Launch Team, you join me in becoming part of Roxie's process to realize this project.
PS: There's another reason I like working with Roxie: She's a digital pro, having already produced artwork for several children's apps.
But believe it or not, last week's creativity did not stop there!
The ever-talented author Candy Gourlay, who also happens to be a gifted video editor, agreed to direct and produce our campaign video. She took advantage of Mary being in town for the London Book Fair to corral the two of us over to the Victoria & Albert to shoot some footage with their replica of The David.
Check these pics out... And stay tuned for more from Candy! We'll be together tomorrow to story board and edit what we've shot so far. And shoot what's still needed.
And speaking of the London Book Fair...
guess who I met there?
Margot Atwell, Publishing Community Manager at Kickstarter. Man, was she helpful.
Props to Margot for all the great advice!
Finally, I leave you with this: "promised pledges" now stand at $7,350. I'm still hoping to hit $10K by launch day. (I think we can. I think we can.)
Coming up Friday, a post on the importance of the video in a kickstarter campaign.
Ciao for now!