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:
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!
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.
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.
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?