Kevin's Sketchbook Project
$635 of $750 goal
REWARD TIERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM! :)
Hello! My name is Kevin T. Chin and I could use your help! But first, a little bit about me. I’m a concept artist working in the game industry for nearly 10 years on games such as Disney Epic Mickey 2, the Yar’s Revenge remake, many many PS2 movie games and currently the kid friendly Wizard 101 and Pirate 101. I’ve also done freelance illustration art for card game and rpg book properties like World of Warcraft TCG and Warhammer 40k.
Now this is where you come in, YES YOU! In the past year, I’ve began to venture into the comic con scene selling my own artwork and prints. It’s been an incredible learning experience as an artist and as a brand. I’m a huge fan of artbooks and sketchbooks from my favorite artist. It’s one of my favorite things to collect at conventions. It’s been a lifelong dream to create a sketchbook of my own and I feel now is the perfect time. The perfect storm!
Specifically, I’ve been planning a book with art from the past 2-3 years of various personal projects, sketchbooks, commissions, you name it. Now, originally, the plan was to make a saddle stitched bound 36 page American comic-sized book. But, i felt if I just had some extra help funding the printing cost, we could make this a greater book. A perfect bound soft cover 8.5 x 11 book with 48 pages full color with 100lb gloss text and cover stock paper, which will be awesome, I promise!
Here are some work-in-progress page layouts I've been working on. NOT FINAL LAYOUTS!
Goals: My goal is to have this sketchbook (Edition of 100 printed,signed and numbered) fully completed, printed and available for the Alamo City Comic Con in San Antonio on Sept 26. 2014. Why $750? That's basically the rounded up amount it will cost to print 100 copies of the sketchbook I want. This is a very tangible goal and updates will be coming along every step I take.
Reward levels: Gofundme is a donation-based fundraising system for personal causes and you can donate as much or as little as you can to help my dream come true. HOWEVER, if you decide you do want a copy of the book during its infancy, I’m offering a few reward options with some goodies. Shipping is factored in and included in all reward level prices for USA. Please add $15 USD for shipping outside of USA.
Risks: There are none! I was planning on making this book on my own and anything you donate will help me financially and emotionally on my journey there. Look at the reward tiers like pre-orders. Of course, printing/shipping/delivery logistics are not locked down yet.I planned to get this out for the convention at the end of September and am looking at a favorable October 2014 delivery date.
PS: Please consider that your donations not only go towards just this book but my entire personal art journey into future convention endeavors and hopefully the big ones outside of Texas. Every bit helps making my dreams even further come true.
Thank you so much! Let's take this journey together!
-Kevin T. Chin
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I want to again thank everyone that's supported me this summer with this book. Even the ones who just casually acknowledged I was working on this, it meant a lot especially when I was putting in extra hours after work days. It's tested everything I know about Indesign, print layout, paper stocks, and yet, everything came together so smoothly like I planned it! I've learned so much and so glad I decided to do this. It's been a dream to have my work collected in print and now I can't stop thinking about the next one! (OK maybe too soon).
Tomorrow I will be mailing most of the books and rewards out, save for a few, family can wait right? Kidding, you guys will get them soon. I will be leaving this page up for a week or so before I stop taking further donations. However I've already put up the book on my main store ( http://kevinchinart.storenvy.com) for $30 a pop and includes a free doodle in the book.
I sold a few copies to great people at the Alamo City Comic Con last weekend and I'm excited to bring it to every other show I'll be going to next year. Crossing my fingers for more out of state shows.
Thanks again, and please stay tuned, I may have my next big endeavor popping up in the months to come. It's something I've been thinking about for quite a while. Just gotta learn how to make a video first....
Well holy crap everyone! The books came in last week and it's such a crazy feeling to see it all be a real thing. We also hit 82% of our goal since last update, thank you so much to the new and previous supporters alike!
So this week I'll be preparing reward packages for the supporters as well as getting ready for the Alamo City Comic Con in San Antonio this weekend. If you're going down there, i'll be at Table C54 in Artist Alley. Come by, say hello. Maybe buy a book, I'll be doing free doodles in them with each purchase.
Thanks again everyone, and continue to share, I'll still be offering these reward tiers through next month or until they run out.
The proof copy came in and I think it turned out great! I've had such an incredible positive response from everyone who's checked it out. The finals are on the press as we speak but in the meanwhile here are some preview pages.
OK, news, we've hit 60% of our goal now and I'm so grateful for everyone who's contributed, thanks so much again! Now that I have images of the actual book, I'll be starting "phase 2" of marketing blitz, sharing this page more aggressively. The book is coming, its' real! So excited!
As always, please share, reblog, retweet, like!
We are in the home stretch, at least on my side. Finishing up and polishing the book this weekend. Next week I'll send it off to the printers for the proof copy. Super excited, but I wanted to drop an update and show you the front and back cover of the book. Presenting The Art of Kevin T. Chin: Coffee and Ramen. Why? Because they're both effing delicious, duh.
As always, spreading the word is so important here, share retweet, repost! I'm so grateful for the legendary few who've donated to this so far. You all rock!
Have a great Labor Day weekend everyone!