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The Art of Visual Storytelling Kickstarter

A few weeks ago you might have read that I’m breathing new life into this website.  Today’s post is one of the first steps!  Today I’m going to tell you a little about a new project that’s getting launched right now on Kickstarter.  The project’s title is, “The Art of Visual Story Telling, by Bret Blevins.” 

A Kickstarter To Fund A New Online Drawing Class!

The nearly complete Kickstarter cover image. To see the final version check out my Kickstarter when it’s officially live!

Just a few hours ago the final version of my Kickstarter was submitted.  It sometimes takes up to 3 business days for the Kickstarter to start.  As promised in the last post, I’m announcing it here first!

While putting this post together the project was approved and is now available for viewing on the Kickstarter Site.  Click here to visit the project.

I’ve been an artist for quite a while now.  And over the years I’ve worked on so many amazing projects that I think it’s safe to say I’ve lost track.  Marvel, DC, Disney, Skybound, Cartoon Network, WB, Kid’s WB…..  You get the idea.  A lot of illustration work, storyboard work, and more.

Over the course of my career I’ve also instructed now and again.  And doing classes with students has always been extremely rewarding.  Seeing other artists’ visions come to life is very exciting.  And with that in mind, I’ve always wanted to share more. 

A few months ago I made the decision to launch a new online class for students around the world.  There are so many great classes out on the Internet, and it makes sense that an online course can reach more students than my smaller in person classes that I’ve done over the years.  As we’ve been laying out the course goals and initial videos it became apparent that the class deserves a lot of dedicated time.  And to make sure I set the proper amount of time aside from other projects that get presented to me I decided to launch a Kickstarter to fund the initial course creation.  Basically I want 2 solid months of working on the class work.  That’s where the Kickstarter comes in.

The Phone Is Always Ringing

Over the course of any given week it seems I’m on the phone as much as I am working.  People call me about possible projects, current projects, new ideas, and more.  Doing creative work requires some attention, and when projects start competing with each other you can’t be as focused as you should be.  That’s why I decided to try doing a Kickstarter.  It gives me the room to say “no” to other projects for a few months and focus 100% of my creative time to building a course for beginners and vets alike.

The class will start out with the basic building blocks of drawing.  From there we’ll move into character creation, adding your characters to an environment, and more.  The reason this course has it’s title as, “The Art of Visual Storytelling,” is because it’s my goal to help story tellers develop their skills and craft even further.  Yes, you’ll see me draw and instruct.  But beyond what hits the paper (or tablet) I’ll be talking a lot about telling your stories visually in a way that communicates to readers.  And believe me, I’ve got a lot to say on that.

Help Me Bring My Vision To Life!

With all of the above said, I hope you understand a little better why I’ve chosen to launch a Kickstarter to help fund the building of the course.  The final class is going to retail for $79.  But backers of the Kickstarter can get access to the class for as low as $35.  That’s one of the perks of backing this project at its start.  We’ve popped a few other interesting reward levels into the Kickstarter for those looking for a little more.  I’ll be doing several live online Q&A’s in late October, November, and December, and that’s one example perk for backers.  There are a few others as well, but I’ll let you take a look at those on the Kickstarter page.

To all of you who got to review the early version of the Kickstarter, thanks for all of your wonderful feedback.  You’ve helped shape the final version of this launch, and I’m grateful for your assistance!

And Just Like That….The Kickstarter Is Live!

While assembling this post we were informed the project is live on Kickstarter.  So if you’d like to check it out and back the project just click right here!


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