The Whispering Forest

Pose Drawing SparkBook: Put Life Into Your Drawings

A project in Minneapolis, MN by Cedric Hohnstadt
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A supercharged sketchbook designed to help you add the "spark" of life and personality to your characters. Includes ebook.
Backers: 563
Average Pledge Per Backer: $29

Funded: $16,265 of $9,000
Dates: Jul 23rd -> Aug 22nd (30 days)
Project By: Cedric Hohnstadt
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Latest News

$16,000 Stretch Goal Unlocked!

August 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
WOW!!! You did it with an hour to spare! The Pose Drawing Sparkbook will now be a chip board hardcover instead of paperback. High fives and hand springs all around! You all are the best!  (Read More)

$15,000 Stretch Goal Unlocked!

August 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Amazing! In less than ten hours we blasted through another stretch goal! Thank you all! I'll now be giving all backers a PDF of 50 "spark" sketchbook ideas, Mad-Libs style. If we hit the next goal the book is upgraded from paperback to a much nicer... (Read More)

$14,000 Stretch Goal Unlocked!

August 21st - via: kickstarter.com
You did it - another stretch goal unlocked! We just zoomed past the $14,000 mark, which means I'll be creating a drawing demo video for all backers, with commentary, based on one of the sparks from the book!  We've had over $1,500 come in in the... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Unlocked! Time For One Final Push!

August 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Woo hoo! We just passed the $12,000 mark! The Pose Drawing Sparkbook will now be upgraded to 80# drawing paper! The next stretch goal to conquer is a drawing video for all backers, with commentary, that I'll make using one of the sparks in the book.... (Read More)

Home Stretch - Odds and Ends

August 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Only three days left! As we enter the home stretch I wanted to thank you all one last time and take care of some last-minute business.  Want More Kickstarter? Here's a few great projects that are worth backing - if you hurry. The first three are... (Read More)

New Bonus Reward For All Backers!

August 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Yesterday we zoomed past the $10,000 mark and are well on our way to $11,000. I'm still blown away by how amazing and generous all of you have been. I have the best backers on Kickstarter! I was debating adding a simple, fun little stretch goal at... (Read More)

We Broke $10,000!

August 16th - via: kickstarter.com
The Pose Drawing Sparkbook just passed the $10,000 mark! Wow! Plus the kind words, emails, tweets, and facebook shares just keep coming. You guys are the best! I'd put you up against anyone else's backers any day of the week. Only 6 days to go. Let's... (Read More)

Sparkbook Snippet: "Personality and Emotions"

August 14th - via: kickstarter.com
(This excerpt is from a rough draft of my Kickstarter, the Pose Drawing Sparkbook. It's is a “super-charged” sketchbook designed to help you put more life and personality into your drawings. These are just rough sketches – they will be cleaned... (Read More)

You Did It! 100% FUNDED!!!

August 14th - via: kickstarter.com
The Pose Drawing Sparkbook just broke the tape! We are now 100% funded and this thing is gonna happen! Woo hooo! (Hard to type this while I'm dancing a jig.) Thank you all so much!! I'm sending a fist bump with this message - just touch your knuckles... (Read More)

Stretch Goals!

August 13th - via: kickstarter.com
I'm back from my trip and finally have all the stretch goals put together. But first, I want to give a shout out to Richard Boom at BrokenFrontier for featuring the Sparkbook on their website. Thanks a bunch! OK, here's the full list of stretch... (Read More)

One More Thing...

August 12th - via: kickstarter.com
One more thing...if you have any suggestions for stretch goals you'd like to see in the Sparkbook, please let me know. I'm happy to hear from you.  (Read More)

Stretch Goal #1!

August 12th - via: kickstarter.com
As I write this we are 94% backed with 9 days to go. So close! So I've decided to announce the first stretch goal: If we reach $12,000, the Pose Drawing Sparkbook will be upgraded to a thicker, stronger 80# drawing paper! The book will still need to... (Read More)

[PRESS RELEASE] Pose Drawing Sparkbook

August 12th - via: brokenfrontier.com
The “Pose Drawing Sparkbook” is a terrific new resource for artists who work in storytelling mediums (animation, storyboards, character design, comic books, cartooning, illustration, etc.). It’s a “super-charged” sketchbook, custom designed to help artists add more life and personality to their drawings. Think of it as acting exercises for your sketchbook. (Read More)

"Sparkbook" Featured on BleedingCool.com!

August 11th - via: kickstarter.com
News about the Pose Drawing Sparkbook continues to spread! More sites are featuring it including On Animation, Animator Island, and even a concept art blog from Brazil. But the biggest news is that the Sparkbook is now on the pop culture blog... (Read More)

Attack Of The Killer Word Balloons! - And Why Artists Should Study Silent Storytelling

August 11th - via: bleedingcool.com
Question: What do Wile E. Cyote, Maggie Simpson, and Wall-E all have in common? Answer: They’ve each entertained millions without saying a word. (Read More)

Special Weekend Stretch Goal!

August 10th - via: kickstarter.com
The Pose Drawing Sparkbook is almost 90% funded! The project has also been getting some more publicity. In addition to the many websites already showcasing the project, in the past few days it's been featured on ShowMeTheAnimation.com and... (Read More)

FAQ Added

August 6th - via: kickstarter.com
I've added two more Frequently Asked Questions about the Pose Drawing Sparkbook to the Kickstarter page (just scroll to the bottom). I'm also posting them below. I hope this helps make the purpose of this book a little more clear. If you have more... (Read More)

Sparkbook Snippet: "Acting With The Entire Body"

August 6th - via: kickstarter.com
The Sparkbook campaign is slowly but surely picking up steam. We are currently at 70% of the goal with 225 backers and counting. The Sparkbook has been featured on animation blogs such as Splinebomb, FloobyNooby, and Animopus; I've been... (Read More)

Cedric Hohnstadt

August 4th - via: animationinsider.com
An interview with Cedric Hohnstadt, owner of an illustration studio where he specializes in character design. (Read More)

We're at 60%! Here's how you can help get to 100%

July 31st - via: kickstarter.com
The Pose Drawing Sparkbook is 60% funded in just 9 days! Woo hoo! I'm also getting a ton of great feedback, with several people calling the Sparkbook a "must have". As with many Kickstarter campaigns we're hitting a mid-campaign slump. There's still... (Read More)

Sparkbook Snippet: "Action Reveals Character"

July 30th - via: kickstarter.com
As promised, here’s a short snippet from my upcoming Pose Drawing Sparkbook, a tool to help artists add more life to their poses. The book is still being written so this is just a rough draft that will continue to evolve. For instance, now that I... (Read More)

Some Cool Kickstarter/IndieGoGos

July 30th - via: tomrichmond.com
Let me preface this by saying I am very discriminating about promoting Kickstarter campaigns or other crowdsourced projects. That doesn’t mean ones I don’t promote here I do not think are great ideas or worthy of attention and support… it simply means I don’t want my blog to become riddled with pleas crowdsourced projects. Fair warning if you write me and ask me to promote your project—not that I am some kind of internet powerhouse. Drop a note to Kim Kardashian of you want real publicity, then write her a check for ten grand and she’ll send out a tweet for you. Incidentally, that’s about $72 per character for a full tweet… and considering it’s likely Kim is only familiar with about 3/4 of the letters of the alphabet, that’s an amazing rate. But I digress… (Read More)

New Reward Option: Ebook Only!

July 29th - via: kickstarter.com
A few of you have asked for an ebook-only version of the Pose Drawing Sparkbook. Good news! I'm happy to say it's now available. I've added an option to purchase the "Basic" ebook for $10. It will include everything from the physical copy of the... (Read More)

Sparkbook Update: 50% Funded In Only Five Days!

July 29th - via: kickstarter.com
Woo hoo! Yesterday we reached the halfway point, after only five days! I guess that means some stretch goals will be coming sooner than planned. THANK YOU ALL!!! However, contributions are also slowing down so I really need your help to keep pushing... (Read More)

Coming Soon: Sparkbook Snippets!

July 27th - via: kickstarter.com
Very soon I’ll start posting snippets from my Pose Drawing Sparkbook on the Updates page and also over on my studio blog. Hopefully it will be solid, inspiring content that you will want to tell others about to keep interest going.  If you are... (Read More)

Update: The SparkBook Is Now "Popular"!

July 26th - via: kickstarter.com
The Pose Drawing Sparkbook continues to do well on Kickstarter. It's Day 3 and it's already passed the $3,300 mark and is 37% funded! Over 1,500 people have watched the promo video and the project is now featured as a "Popular" project under... (Read More)

A Quick Clarification

July 24th - via: kickstarter.com
I wanted to clear up a little confusion about the Basic vs Expanded version of the Pose Drawing Sparkbook. Every version of the book will include four bonus lists of drawing ideas in the back of the book. In the physical book and in the Basic ebook... (Read More)

Wow! 22% funded in less than 24 hours

July 24th - via: kickstarter.com
Wow, we are off to a great start! In less than 24 hours we've passed the $2,000 mark. All 50 of the early bird specials have been purchased, the project is featured on the "Popular This Week" page under Kickstarter's "Publishing" category, and has... (Read More)

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