I'm Ashly Grey, a freelance watercolorist and illustrator. My work tends to focus on natural elements with a creepy twist. To further this theme, I've constructed this project, a small bestiary of creatures of the Unknowable Void.
Each painting will be 5"x7", mat framed and enclosed in an acid-free clear envelope for display. Each painting will include some known facts of these strange beasties, all I know about them as I take small sojourns into the Unknowable Void
Each participant at the $50 tier and beyond will get a painting (or more, depending on their pledge) of a creature of my choosing, though I will be asking what type (such as mammal, bird, reptile, fish) of animal you might prefer, and I'll take it into account as I create.
Examples of art:
Each award will be on quality materials, and no matter the tier, will have quality art. They're arranged as follows:
Hoopsnake Tier - (unlimited backers) - One 5"x7" unframed print: A full color print on bright white archival paper made to last. Acid free, within a protective clear envelope for display. Backer survey will ask your preferred type of animal, but the reward will be given out at my discretion, but if you tell me you prefer a cat over a bird, you just might receive a cat of some sort :3
Wampus Cat Tier - (unlimited backers) - Two 5"x7" framed prints - full color print on archvial paper, acid free mat frames and placed within a clear envelope for display. Note your preferred animal types, and see what you get!
Mermaid Tier - (60 backers) - One 5"x7" original painting and 2 framed prints - Every painting made will be on Arches hot press watercolor paper, and made with watercolor, gouache, and sometimes ink. Backer survey will tell me what kind of animal you'd like, and your painting and prints will reflect your choice. All will be in mat frames and clear envelopes for display.
Unicorn Tier - (10 Backers) - Two original 5"x7" paintings and 4 framed prints - Similar as previous awards, but simply higher in number: Arches watercolor paper, mat frames, and self-sealing envelopes. All paintings and prints will be in mat frames.
Dragon Tier - (10 backers) Four Original 5"x7" paintings and 5 framed prints - The highest award tier, and limited to 6 backers: four paintings and 5 prints, all of which will be carefully framed and enclosed in envelopes for protection.
Should this project be funded, the money would be broken down thusly:
- Kickstarter et al. Fees: ~15%
- Shipping the rewards:~20%
- Supplies: ~7%
- My time and effort: ~58%
The way I set this up was so that every painting is sold for $50, a fair price when considering the time and supplies that go into creating even a smaller piece. Each will be unique, so the time includes sketching, transferring to proper paper, painting, framing, and the cost of the framing supplies. Conservative estimates of time taken for each painting is 10 hours per piece, and by that estimate, my compensation, after shipping and supplies and various fees, is a little over $3 per hour. This is why the goal I aim to reach is $2000
Address: Please make sure your address is correct. I will mail rewards to the addresses as they are written, and if there are any mistakes, your rewards will get shipped back to me, and you will have to pay for shipping. Please double check! You email address must also be one that is valid and that you check often, so there is no delay in you receiving your reward.
Credit Card Information: Please make sure your information is correct and up to date. If you get declined because of it, you will be dropped as a backer. Since no one wants this to happen, please check. (if this happens accidentally, don't hesitate to contact me, and we can work out alternative forms of payment.)
Backer survey: This survey is important because it will let me know what kind of painting you want, as well as your address and the like. If you don't answer the survey I don't know what you want so you might get a creature you don't love as much as you could. This art is for you, make sure it's what you'll really like looking at!