Art Books: Crowdfunding

It’s time for another installment of Art Books!  (Check out the first and second Art Books posts too!)  Today, I wanted to share with you my favorite method of finding and acquiring new art books: crowdfunding. Sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are such a great way to find new art projects to support. Plus, they ensure that you are directly supporting the artist, and I think that’s really important.

In addition to directly supporting artists, crowdfunding also has a plethora of choices to look through when it comes to art books. They range from the standard collection of works by a single artist to graphic novels to adult coloring books. There is always something to find. Here are a few active projects on Kickstarter that have caught my eye recently:

art books: crowdfunding - kokoro
KOKORO
Kokoro (heart in Japanese) is the result of an incredible encounter between Art and Charity. This project brings together well-known artists who use their creative talents for the benefit of charities. Our main activity is to sell artbooks and this allows us to donate funds to several associations. 

This book features adorable art from a variety of artists PLUS money donated to charity. WIN!

art books: crowdfunding - mythos monstersMTHOS MONSTERS
Mythos Monsters at its core is an art book full of my daily drawings, and features a few of my paintings. The book serves as an encyclopedia of Lovecraftian monsters full of notes and excerpts, along side the drawings and paintings. In the book you will also find a comprehensive list of Lovecraft stories, a two page description of my methods and materials used for this book and much more.

You had me at Lovecraft coloring book.

art books: crowdfunding - masters of american illustration
MASTERS OF AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION
Featuring 41 of America’s greatest illustrators, this book is a showcase for hundreds of reproductions of original paintings, photographs and vintage printed ephemeral materials. Each artist’s life and career is discussed, and their working methods are described in detail. This book is a modern classic, and belongs on the bookshelf of every serious student of American illustration history.

This looks like such an amazing resource, I can’t even.

art books: crowdfunding - fathoms
FATHOMS: The Art of Michael Manomivibul
FATHOMS: The Art of Michael Manomivibul is a 76 page, 9×12 inch, softcover book printed on heavyweight paper, the cover will be 12pt cardstock with a beautiful foil stamped title. A limited edition hardcover book will be also available during this Kickstarter.
Most of the work in this book has not been published. Until now, some images have been available as art prints. I am excited to announce that FATHOMS will include the complete Flotsam and Jetsam series which hasn’t been available for purchase since 2009.

I like the art style and subject matter a lot, even though I haven’t personally heard of the artist prior to this find.

There is an element of risk when it comes to crowdfunding projects. If funded, you are putting your trust entirely in the hands of the creator to get the product made and shipped to you. I know that there is definitely a bit of understandable reticence to that idea, especially if you’re putting up a decent amount of money.

As for me, I’ve had no bad experiences with crowdfunding for anything. I’ve backed four art book specific projects (and backed 16 total projects) and am always on the lookout for more. It can be such a great way to get things that aren’t available anywhere else!

Have you ever backed an art book, or anything, via crowdfunding?
What was your experience like?

  • Ari Carr

    I’ve backed a few things by Kickstarter and it’s gone great every time!
    https://ariellalphabet.wordpress.com/

    • Kay

      I’m glad! Same here with zero problems. I know a few people who have had issues with various projects, but luckily I’ve had nothing but success!

  • I love backing stuff on Kickstarter! I backed a company doing magnetic colorful markers! Now I’m going to hop on over to Kickstarter because I love it!
    ~Sara

    • Kay

      Those sound awesome! I need a new project to back soon. I have a couple that are funded and just waiting until rewards time, but I’m not currently backing anything still being funded!

  • Emma

    I keep planning on backing a Kickstarter project, but still haven’t got round to it. Love a bit of Lovecraft so maybe now’s the time. What’s your absolute favourite Kickstarter at the moment?

    • Kay

      Ohh boy hard to pick. I’m not currently backing any projects that are still in the funding process; just ones that have been funded and now waiting on the product to be finished. I think Chameleon Pens have been one of my favorites (I JUST got mine in the mail yesterday, eeee!!) and I’ve backed a few graphic novels/comics that have been great.

  • Danielle Knapp

    I’ve not done a Kickstarter yet but seems like a cool way to discover new awesome things 🙂

    • Kay

      It really is. And there is just SO much to look through. I’ve backed a couple comics/graphic novels via Kickstarter which was great! There’s something for everyone.:)

  • These all look gorgeous! Especially FATHOMS..wow! I’ve participated in a couple gaming Kickstarters, but I do have to get a little nervous when it comes to crowdfunding. I’m glad you haven’t had any bad experiences with it, gives me hope!

    • Kay

      There is always a risk. But generally, things can get refunded if a project falls through. I’ve only heard of two instances where people didn’t get their money back nor did they get they item. I think for the most part, it’s pretty rare for things to get super messed up. Generally it’s easy peasy!

  • Oh jeeze. This is why I am so scared of crowd funding, my bank account… it weeps.
    These artists sketchbooks and compilations look amazing.

    • Kay

      Yeah, my credit card does not appreciate my Kickstarter addiction….but SO MANY PRETTIES! 😀

  • This all sounds fantastic!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

    • Kay

      Glad you enjoyed!

  • gamerwife

    I’ve had at least one bad crowdfunding experience with an illustrator and several pending gaming Kickstarters that we’ll have to see, but in general I find crowdfunding a great resource for creators.

    • Kay

      Ah, that stinks. I’m lucky to not have had any major issues. Some have gone way past the deadline in terms of when rewards were expected to ship out, but luckily they’ve always been in communication about it.