Oak & Steel

The Hound's Heart

A project in Birmingham, UK by Helena Marlinspike

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A girl and a hound are bound at the heart by a spell. The Hound's Heart is a beautifully illustrated, traditional fairytale.
Backers: 116
Average Pledge Per Backer: £60

Funded: £6,919 of £4,200
Dates: Oct 1st -> Nov 10th (41 days)
Project By: Helena Marlinspike
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Latest News

The Hound in the Shadows has found a home.

November 9th - via: kickstarter.com
 I'm delighted to confirm that The Hound in the Shadows has been reserved by a backer a few minutes ago. :)  (Read More)

31 hours and counting ......And Another Original

November 9th - via: kickstarter.com
The Hound in the Shadows  I need to get this scanned so you can appreciate it in its full glory. If you like it and you'd like to snap it up, you can pledge for it on Kickstarter. After the Deadline I will continue to keep you updated on originals... (Read More)

Admin and Extras

November 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Hello everybody, With one week of the campaign to go, I thought I'd let people know what I've been up to and what happens next. I have made surveys for those of you that have ordered prints, so that I can place my orders with the fine art printers. I... (Read More)

Last original has found a home

October 31st - via: kickstarter.com
 It looks as though this last original painting has been sold. I will be posting all my subsequent paintings, so if anything catches your eye, please do let me know. For the time being, the only one available is The Spell. Since it illustrates the... (Read More)

'The Spell' completed

October 26th - via: kickstarter.com
The Spell  The Hound in the Shadows will be complete by Monday. :)  (Read More)


October 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Thank you all for helping to push this project over the finishing line! I am absolutely overjoyed. There is still two weeks until the project closes so now I have to think about further milestones and how the extra funding will be used to make this... (Read More)

We're almost there

October 25th - via: kickstarter.com
 This is the last available original painting available and though there are still prints, cards and some books available, the project is now 95% backed. Thanks to all you lovely people for your part in bringing the project so far. All good wishes... (Read More)

Title painting now reserved

October 21st - via: kickstarter.com
 I'm delighted to confirm that this painting has now been reserved.  (Read More)

Cover mock up

October 20th - via: kickstarter.com
By day painting, by night digital work. I've been mocking up front cover designs. The book is going to be hard bound and traditional looking. (Sorry this image is so small, InDesign doesn't transfer easily to Jpeg). I hope you like it! I'm still... (Read More)

Christmas card set ready

October 19th - via: kickstarter.com
 All ready for printing. I do hope you like them x  (Read More)

The proofs are here!

October 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Print proofs  My proofs arrived today. The paper is beautifully velvety and heavy and I'm very happy with the colours on the whole, though I may brighten up the two night images a little just to bring up the detail.  (Read More)

Friends outside the UK

October 13th - via: kickstarter.com
I've had some interest outside the UK but I've only just realised that Kickstarter physically wont allow these people to pledge on the gifts that state UK only. If you have friends that would like to back me outside Britain, please let them know that... (Read More)

Storyboards part 1

October 12th - via: kickstarter.com
 Having the story grow out of the original images means I hadn't storyboarded beyond notes, so I thought that it was high time I shared with you how the story fits together. These four images represent the beginning of the story.  As with many... (Read More)

Originals update

October 9th - via: kickstarter.com
 I'm delighted to say that this painting now has a new home.  (Read More)

Originals as gifts

October 9th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello again lovely backers! I've had some people asking about the originals so, since I wont need them once the project is published I've decided to offer them as gifts. They are all A3, acrylic paint, with some colour pencil detail and texture. I'm... (Read More)

Full size scans!!!

October 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
Hello everyone. Once the rain had stopped today, I nipped over to a professional print shop to get my paintings scanned to their highest possible resolution. They are so big that I dont think I'll be able to post them full size here, but even the... (Read More)

The images so far...

October 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
It has been brought to my attention that I haven't put the illustrations on this page. A complete oversight that I put down to rookie enthusiasm for getting my project out there. Anyway, here are the first four images scanned. I will be sharpening up... (Read More)

Want more than one gift?

October 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Hello friends, I've had queries from people wishing to buy the book and a print, but they cant seem to make two bids. If you would like to do this, please increase your bid and contact me about which other gift you would like and I will make the... (Read More)

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