Several people have asked me if I am planning more Kickstarter projects for 2018. Yes. I have a few ideas in the pipeline.
Before I reveal what I’m working on, let me point out that these projects might not happen. One of the great joys of my current method of working is this—I can start a project, put it down, pick it up later, and abandon or rediscover it at any point. I love that freedom. No real deadlines. No clients to please. I get to work on any projects I want with no obligation to make steady, forward progress.
It also works the other way. A new project can suddenly appear without warning and capture my full attention, pushing other projects to the back of the line. I find that each day is a little brighter because there is the potential that a new idea will unexpectedly make an appearance. I live in constant hope. Yeah!
So, here’s my current 2018 project list. As a forecast, it may prove to be completely wrong...and that’s wonderful.
Platter. I’ve been working on a big, oval platter to add to the Calamityware series. I think of the design as “the gang’s all here” because it includes dozens of dinosaurs lurking in the blue-willow landscape. Get it? A serving platter for when you are entertaining a big crowd...decorated with a big crowd.
This platter will probably be a Kickstarter project early in 2018. It will answer the question, “Do the people who have Calamityware dinner plates also want an oval platter?”
Tiny plates. I’ve been working on designs of a set of four small plates that will make excellent bread, snack, or dessert plates. They are based on the theme of dubious musicians.
I hope these little plates can be a Kickstarter project at some point in 2018. Maybe late spring.
Tea pot. I’ve been doing some sketches of a Things-Could-Be-Worse teapot. Still have many details to resolve, but it could become a project by the end of 2018. Because of the fancy curves, tea pots are complex shapes to decorate, so this effort makes my head hurt.
Patterns galore. Because the Strawberry Thieves project was so much fun, I’m thinking it might be a delight to introduce a couple dozen patterns (dinosaurs, robots, demons, worms, aliens, and creatures) Working on new patterns is great fun.
Bookin‘. I have at least three book ideas that deserve further development. All involve a profusion of drawings to go along with the text because all right-thinking people know that the best books have pictures. Perhaps one of these half-baked ideas can become a book project on Kickstarter before 2018 ends.
That’s not all. The Amazing Karen and others are pushing me to do another jigsaw puzzle. To make it extra challenging and fun, the design might include 180-degree flip.
There might be another letterpress print to help people spice up their art collections. And maybe I can find a way to help more people acquire original drawings.
I hope you enjoyed that preview. Don’t be surprised if it turns out to be highly inaccurate.
Pittsburgh, December 28, 2017