CalArts is a prestigious, private university located in Valencia, California, and its animation program is well known for producing some of the biggest animators in the business that have gone on to bring to life to movies such as Mulan, Tarzan, Toy Story, works by Tim Burton, and this list goes on and on. To study at CalArts and learn from their faculty for even a summer in this residency offered to visiting students is an extreme honor, and has been a dream of mine since I decided to pursue becoming an artist. The only problem is that the costs are astronomical.
This past year I’ve been working extremely hard to save money for this opportunity if I were fortunate enough to obtain it and I’ve made great progress from selling artwork, working two student jobs at SNC, and even illustrating a children’s book, but I’m still coming up short.
Unfortunately there are no scholarship opprotunities available, so I need your help and am asking for donations to supplement my savings.
Being an artist and spreading important messages through story is who I am and your action now will allow me to continue in my journey and respond to my calling. I see this residency, while expensive, as an investment in myself and my talents that will allow me to give back to my community in the future, to a community that has given so much to me in the way of friends, family, education, and physical and mental wellbeing.
Through the movey I've saved I've almost got the whole tuition covered, but I'm lacking in other areas due to my priority focus in purchasing medical supplies for the trip to keep myself well and healthy traveling with Type-1 Diabetes. All donations received on this page will help foot the bill for my housing cost, travel expenses, food, and art materials fee. I need to make final payments by April 30, so the faster I can raise money, the better.
Donations of any value are greatly appreciated and all donors will recieve a personal, handwritten thank-you note. I will also be posting regularly to social media about my residency experience so you can follow along.
You can choose to donate any amount you so wish and leave it at that, but I have also included rewards tiers with limited spaces available that allow you to take home some of my artwork or even nab a commission spot depending on the donation tier. Read below to find out the details on each tier and click on the links to the side to grab your spot now. You can also choose to donate and not receive any of the incentives, and can continue donating without extra incentive once the spots are all gone (but you will still have the incentive of supporting an extremely grateful art student).
*All donors are asked for their mailing addresses so thank-you notes and rewards can be sent out and will not be used by me for any other reason.
**All illustration and screen print rewards will be sent via mail, postmarked by May. Commissions will be completed during the summer.
Digital Darling: $20
The first 15 donors of this amount (click on the link on the side of this page) will receive their choice of one of the three digital illustrations shown below. Dimensions range from 7"x9" to 8"x10." Physical print and digital file will be included.
*white border on physical print.
*white border on physical print.
Mushroom King: $30
The first 10 donors of this amount (click on the link on the side of this page) will receive a rubber-hose style Super Mario "Letsa Go!" screenprint signed and editioned by me. Dimensions are 13"x19."
Norbert Love: $45
The first 25 donors of this amount (click on the link on the side of this page) will receive a "Communio" screenprint signed and editioned by me. Dimensions are 13"x19."
Commission King: $60
5 spots available for this donation tier to receive a commission spot for a single 8"x10" digital illustration (see Digital Darling Tier for style examples). Content to be agreed upon by commissioner and artist, suggested topics include caricatures of yourself or friends, or fanart of favorite characters (limited to 1-2 characters/subjects). Both a physical copy and digital file will be included. Donor will be contacted immediately to start discussing the piece, the actual commission will be completed this summer. Video shoutout on social media included.
Screen Dream: $75
5 spots available for receiving both the "Letsa Go!" screenprint and "Communio" screenprint (images shown above), both signed and editioned by me. Video shoutout on social media included.
Super Combo: $100
5 spots available for receiving both screenprints listed in the Screen Dream Tier, as well as all three digital illustrations shown under the Digital Darling Tier. Video shoutout on social media included.
Oil Ambition: $500
2 spots available at this donation amount for comissioning a single 24"x36" oil painting, content to be agreed upon by commissioner and artist. Portraits will be limited to 1-2 individuals per painting if that is the content the commissioner so chooses. Donor will be contacted immediately to start discussing the piece, the actual commission will be completed this summer. Video shoutout on social media included. See below for some of my oil painting examples.
Royal Oil: $1000
1 spot available at this donation amount for comissioning a single 24"x36" oil painting, content to be agreed upon by commissioner and artist. Portraits will be limited to 1-2 individuals per painting. Donor will be contacted immediately to start discussing the piece, the actual commission will be completed this summer. Video shoutout on social media included. See below for some of my oil painting examples.
Thank you for your consideration in donating to my cause and enabling me to represent both myself and St. Norbert College at CalArts this summer. I look forward to hearing from you soon and sending you word from California. And please SHARE SHARE SHARE this page!
P.S. Find me on Instagram , Facebook , and on my own website .
- Natalie Carney
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