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Crowdsourcing Mornings: The Highwayman Art Book


This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Brianna is a fine artist and illustrator living and working in Fairbanks, Alaska (where I love to hate it, but hate to leave it). I have a three month old, a kindergartner, a hardworking husband, two giant dogs, and a cat named Murphy (who thinks she is also a dog).   Growing up, my dad read to us almost every night. One of my favorites was a poem from the Childcraft collections, “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes.  Written in 1906, “The Highwayman” is a narrative poem that tells the story of a nameless highwayman who is in love with Bess. She kills herself to save him from an ambush, but he, too, is shot down in the end.

Great read for a child, eh? But I adored how my dad read it, and as I got older, I fell in love with the story and have been obsessed with this darkly beautiful poem ever since.   With the poem available in the public domain, I began to illustrate “The Highwayman” with the intention of seeking a publisher. The publishing landscape has changed, however, and I am confident I can self-publish this daydream. That’s where you come in!

She originally illustrated The Highwayman in 2008, in my college Comic Arts class for my final assignment (best class of my four years – thanks Jamie Smith!). Since it had been a classroom project, however, I wasn’t fully satisfied with my artwork or the portrayal of this story. So, I started illustrating The Highwayman again in 2011. I returned to the very beginning, re-doing thumbnail layouts, adopting a horizontal spread, and exploring intriguing and thoughtful compositions. I worked on the new artwork steadily through 2014.

This Kickstarter campaign will help me collect the needed funds to turn my artwork into a hard cover, full color, gloriously sexy coffee table book.    The budget for my Kickstarter also includes the costs of each piece of the campaign; printing the stickers and bookmarks, designing and manufacturing the enamel pins, printing the posters and the stretch-goal prints, and sewing the scarves with the exclusive fabric. I’ve also considered the fees for Kickstarter and credit card processing.  This budget allows me to print the book and the rewards, and to ship all orders as promptly as possible.

As of October 1st, this project has raised $13,000 of their $9,000 goal. This project has 5 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $6, you will get a bookmark.  For a pledge of $75, you will get one hardcover book.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/briannareagan/the-highwayman-an-illustrated-art-book?ref=discovery

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