I wish I’d come across the Skull-A-Day Kickstarter project sooner. Today is your last chance to pledge to the Kickstarter. I love the concept, passion, and commitment behind this. And, of course, that the artist decided to share his creations with the world.
Creative Noah Scalin made the commitment to himself to create a new skull-themed piece of artwork every day. And he made a site for his work. I think that is an absolutely genius way to inspire oneself. One of the biggest challenges any artist faces is sometimes the permission to do anything, without the requirement to do anything. By giving himself a structure and a regular creation schedule, Noah Scalin was able to produce a remarkable collection of skull designs. Incentives include a talk from the artist, hand-painted skulls and other original artwork, and, of course, the Skull-A-Day book the Kickstarter is for. Very worthwhile to check this out.
Finally the entire original Skull-A-Day project by Noah Scalin in book form! Including never before seen bonus materials.
With your help all 365 of the unique skulls from my entire original Skull-A-Day year-long art project will finally be available in one beautifully produced book.
Outside of their online home only a fraction of the project has ever appeared in print – including in my first book SKULLS, a detailed look at the first half of the year in skulls, which is now sadly out of print. However, with encouragement and help from my friend Ward Tefft, owner of the amazing, independent Chop Suey Books in Richmond, Virginia, I’m proud to finally create the book I’ve always imagined for the project: a beautiful, high-quality hardcover volume of all 365 of my skulls sold at an affordable price and distributed through the newly created imprint Chop Suey Books Books.
This is the first chance to hold all 365 of my skulls in your hands in an easy-to-follow chronological format, giving you a uniquely detailed view of the breadth of the project. The book will feature 260 full-color pages in a hardcover binding. And I’ve even designed the entire book myself to best showcase the images.
In addition the book features a brand new foreward by Anna Dhody, the curator of the world famous Mütter Museum, alongside a new introductory essay by yours truly. I’ve also included a bunch of brand new anecdotes about the creation of the pieces, as well as some alternate images and process shots that haven’t been seen before.
On June 2, 2007 I had a vision: “I should make a skull every single day for a year.” The timing was perfect for such a random idea, because at that moment I was feeling completely stuck on a creative and professional level and needed something to get me inspired again. Two days later I set off on a journey that would completely transform my life.
While I expected I would have some fun and maybe get a bit of attention as a part of the process I could never have expected the actual results: multiple book deals; opportunities to speak about creativity around the world; a visit to the Martha Stewart show; exhibitions of my art in galleries and museums internationally. But most importantly it allowed me to connect with an amazing group of fans around the world whose enthusiasm and dedication for the project transformed it from a just a personal expression into a community of inspiration. The site continues today (version 8.0!) thanks entirely to the endless submissions from creative skull fans young and old, around the world!
The original pieces I created that year continue to inspire me to do new things and I am constantly amazed to discover how I apply the creative lessons I learned during the project to my life on a daily basis.
ABOUT CHOP SUEY BOOKS
Founded by Ward Tefft in 2002, Chop Suey Books is an independent bookstore that has championed the cause of the printed word and local culture in Richmond, Virginia since day one. Home to tens of thousands of new and used books, the store has also organized and hosted many community events – supporting everyone from young creative writers to local crafters, artists and musicians.
The publication of Skull-A-Day is the store’s first foray into the publishing world, and marks the start of their imprint, Chop Suey Books Books. Rather than a typical publisher/author model, the goal is to create a new way to draw attention to local business, with a unique product, while truly supporting the work of artists and writers in the community.