Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The first book I ever remember reading.


The first book I can remember sitting down and reading of my own free will was a hardcover collection of Aesop's Fables. It was probably the illustrations that drew (no pun intended) me to the book to begin with.

I doubt I understood a lot of the stories but there was one that I got. The Crow and the Pitcher. That's the one where a thirsty crow keeps dropping pebbles into a pitcher in order to raise the water enough so it can get a drink. For some reason that one stuck in my brain.

Take on your problems one pebble at a time. It's helped a lot over the years to keep a concept like that in my mind. It's also been on my mind a lot lately that it's a lesson I need to learn again every so often.

This time around, I decided to put my own interpretation down on paper (or on screen would be more accurate these days).

To date, I've done eight different Aesop Fables minimalist posters. I'm sure do more eventually, but for now, it's eight. Each poster is a different fable in a nine panel narrative (as well as the text from the fable).

You can see all 8 here. I'm doing another kickstarter in the hopes that I be able to print a run of all 8 fable posters.

If you like them, you can help make that happen. I'd really appreciate it!

-Mark

PS. Or you could help by sharing the link! : )
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/markgonyea/aesops-fables-illustrated-posters

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Happy Halloween!

It's that time of the year again! The time of year where my thoughts turn to Vampires, Werewolves, and Witches (more-so than usual I mean).

Continuing the coloring book theme from the last post I decided to do a series of Halloween coloring pages. Enjoy!

If you like these pages, check out my Halloween kids book, The Spooky Box! (This is an Amazon link but it's most likely available from your preferred book source or possibly even your local book seller!).

Check out MarkGonyea.com for more art and Halloween stuff too, thanks!

-Mark






Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Hidden Letter Coloring Alphabet

My most recent book, Counting on Letters, got me thinking more about, well... letters. That combined with a long time fondness of coloring inspired me to make Line by Line: A Hidden Alphabet Coloring Book.

I started out thinking it was going to be a stained glass kind of look but it was really more freeform than that. I let the letter dictate the shapes around it. Very linear letters are surrounded by more straight lines and rounded letters would get more circles and arcs. It was a fun, quick little project that I'm happy to share.

Here's a link to a free PDF of the complete book.

If you like this you should check out MarkGonyea.com for more.

Thanks!
Mark







Thursday, October 02, 2014

The Last One to One Hundred!


Hi everyone! This is the last 48 hours for the final One to One Hundred project. We're at 80%! Help support this project and future design projects. 1000 designs!
FREE international shipping on top rewards! : )

One to One Hundred started out as an experiment in graphic design. The concept was simple, to combine numbers with graphic design elements to create something unique. The result, which was far from simple, was a unique series of posters representing the numbers 1-100. Thanks for your support!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/markgonyea/the-last-one-0

Wednesday, April 09, 2014



Fast Company has a new article about my Letters by the Number project.

If you can click through and share the link, that'd be very cool of you. Thanks!!

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3028758/wanted/graphic-designer-reinterprets-the-abcs-for-math-nerds#1


Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Letters by the Number is LIVE!

Launched! The Letters by the Number project is now live and running on Kickstarter. I'm really happy with how the card and poster designs have come out. 

It's an alphabet card set where each design is based on that letters placement in the alphabet so 1A, 2Bs, 3Cs and so on to 26Zs.

Take a look, hope you like it and share.


-Mark

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/markgonyea/letters-by-the-number


Starting Scratchboard.


I played around with scratchboard a bit in art school but it wasn't until after I had graduated that I really took an interest in it. Among the first things I did in scratchboard were the Mr.Oblivious comic strips. There are certainly artists out there that use scratchboard as an elegant medium of great detail but I prefer to use it more like a chisel against stone. If things don't turn out exactly how intended all the better. 

When I would draw with pencil and paper it's was hard to not see all the flaws and compare myself with every other comic artist out there. With scratchboard, it's ALL flaws. It's never what I think I want and I'm forced to let all that other stuff go. 

I've taken a bit of a break from Mr.O lately but someday I'll get back to it. In the meantime, ALL 3 of my scratchboard Mr.Oblivious comic books for the Kindle on Amazon are now FREE through this FRIDAY. Behind the scenes sketches and comments for each cartoon. Check it out. Thanks!





Saturday, March 01, 2014

Running the Numbers.


As of this morning I've dropped off the last poster tubes to my local post office. Except for a few stragglers (waiting for a few addresses) and any potential clean-up, my first successful Kickstarter, One to One Hundred, is basically complete. Just over 200 tubes shipped in about a week.

And I have to say I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.

Starting with a goal of $3000, I grew at a steady pace (about 3-7% a day), with a healthy spike on the last day (the day this Fast Company article was released). I ended the 30 day campaign at over 250% of my goal.

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3025899/wanted/this-graphic-designer-proves-theres-more-than-one-way-to-count-to-100
 

I relied quite a bit on my personal social network to get the word out. Although essential for getting attention early on and as grateful as I am to everyone who shared the links and put up with my constant reminding them to don't forget to share the links, have you shared the links today? Why aren't you sharing the links?, that was small compared to a single article on a large, popular blog. 

A few facts.

- For rewards, I had given everyone the option to receive 1, 2 or all 3 posters. To my surprise, just over half went with all 3. 

- Most were either 1 or all posters. Very few went with just the 2 out of 3. So few in fact, I doubt I'll include that again in my next campaign. 

- I averaged about 7 new backers a day. Again, with a big spike at the end.

- I had 3 stretch goals. For each goal reached I would print and ship an additional poster to everyone. I reached the first stretch goal so everyone who pledged for at least 1 poster got the free extra one. Again, I think if the Fast Company article had come out a few days earlier or if I had a couple more days at the end I would definitely have reached at least 2 stretch goals.

- About 20% of the orders were outside the U.S. with Australia, Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands being most popular of international orders. 

- I got tubes from Uline. I went with 3" tubes (thinking I wanted to cut down on the posters "curl factor") but I think longer 2" tubes might have been a better choice. 

- I used Stamps.com for buying and printing shipping labels. No particular reason, there are several sites that can do the same thing but they advertise on a podcast I like so... there you go. 

- The difference between 13 ounces and 14 ounces on domestic package shipping can be about $2. Out of sheer dumb luck, 4 posters, a tube and packing material came in at just under 13 ounces. 

- I'm super glad I had my Etsy shop set up to take post-campaign orders. 

- I had about a 2% drop rate. Meaning, people that pledged, came back before the campaign ended and un-pledged. Not sure why but that doesn't sound like a terribly bad % to me. 

So what does all this mean?

I think it means I chose correctly for my first poster campaign. People seemed to like the concept and it garnered a bit of attention within and outside the Kickstarter site. There is no way I could have printed 18x24 posters without crowdfunding and for that I'm thankful to everyone who supported this project. 

I'll have wait and see how this translates to my next Kickstarter.

Stay Tuned!

Mark