2021 Steve Rude Sketchbook

Created by Steve Rude

Not just a book of pretty pictures. Practical master lessons direct from Steve's personal sketchbook

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Wed Sep 8 '21 Announcement
11 days ago – Wed, Sep 08, 2021 at 01:34:21 PM

FINANCES FOR GOURMANDO/2021 SKB

To date we lost over $30,000 out of pocket on our Gourmando campaign with COVID rate increases, delays, and inflated shipping costs.  This does not include the cost of getting the books shipped out which will be an additional $5,000.  Budget increases are a risk with any Kickstarter and we took and accepted that risk.  We are one of many campaigns who got caught with the COVID port problems and Hong Kong shipping fiascos.  

Some of the financing for the Gourmando loss was taken from the 2021 Sketchbook.  The Sketchbook and all the extras are now in house along with $2,000 in secure shipping and packing materials.

HOW CAN I HELP

I've had a number of backers emailing asking how they can help.  The best way to help right now is to back the How to Draw the Animated Nexus and spread the word!  We have 8 days left and are currently 35% funded.  SteveRude.com/DrawNexus

I think I touched on this before, but we are running the campaign to raise funds to help Steve continue to work on Nexus, and also to pay for the last bit of shipping to get your books out to you.

HOW TO DRAW THE ANIMATED NEXUS PROJECT

The $20,000 needed for the project ensures all the past projects will ship quickly, we can do a print run of 1,000 How to Draw the Animated Nexus from a LOCAL printer, AND we can ship out all the past projects while paying our designers and shipping assistants for their work.  Note that this does not include any profit for Steve.  $20,000 is our break even.

SHIPPING

Regardless of the outcome of the Animated Nexus project, your items WILL ship.  We have all the boxes and packing supplies here to get them wrapped up and shipped out in small batches as we are able to afford to do so.

COVID UPDATE

Steve was set to do several livestreams to promote the Animated Nexus project, however, his COVID took a turn for the worse and he's been in bed with a fever.  He's back to working a few hours a day, but until he's fever free for 24 hours we can't allow helpers back into the house.  

I had an allergic reaction to Benzonatate (almost literally every last side effect) and am slowly recovering, but working through it and some of you should have received shipping notifications already.  I am currently working on the next batch of 30 orders.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

I am hopeful that this explains what is going on behind the scenes.  If you have further questions please feel free to ask.

Fri Sep 3 '21 Announcement
16 days ago – Fri, Sep 03, 2021 at 02:04:16 PM

STARTING TO SHIP

Since the last update I've been in the ER twice and sent all my helpers home until everyone in the house tests negative for COVID. Steve and Brandon are still testing positive, but Steve is feeling better and has been doing short livestreams (See below for links)! Brandon also feels better, but keeps testing positive. I'm sure you'll be thrilled to note that to prevent delays I have been starting to ship out books on my own despite headaches, nausea and taking meds that are making me exhausted.
 
You will receive shipping notification as your order ships. Once we are clear of COVID we will have Mike Baron in house for those of you who have the Deluxe books signed by Steve and Baron. I will also be able to have my helpers back in house to expedite shipping..
 

ADDRESS UPDATES

Addresses are being locked. If you have moved please email us at rudekickstarter@gmail.com and I can double check your shipping address.
 

2021 SKETCHBOOK - COMING OF GOURMANDO

I am shipping both books and am alternating what is going out. You will receive a confirmation when your shipping is processed.
 

RETURN TO THUNEWORLD

Steve has been working on this for over a year and since earlier this year exclusively between commissions which he has been completing several a day.
 

DRAW THE ANIMATED NEXUS - KICKSTARTER

This was scheduled to start as everything else shipped. We decided to keep the launch as funds will arrive in October which keeps Steve working on Nexus, We found a printer here in Phoenix for this book to minimize delays. The book is completed (see the sample on the livestreams) and Steve is excited to present this expanded edition. www.SteveRude.com/drawnexus
 

FREE SKETCH OFFER THROUGH SEPTEMBER 16th!

As an added bonus, Steve is giving away a few sketches! Going along with the "How to Draw Nexus" theme, back the project, draw your favorite Nexus character and post on social media (#drawnexus) and once the project ends, Steve will pick his favorites for a free sketch!
 
 
 

Mon Aug 23 '21 Announcement
27 days ago – Mon, Aug 23, 2021 at 11:54:18 AM

The Indiegogo campaign is now closed as we prepare to ship the books and launch our next campaign "How to Draw the Animated Nexus".

To order one of the closed campaigns navigate to the below link:

2021 Sketchbook: www.SteveRude.com/2021skb

Nexus: The Coming of Gourmando: www.SteveRude.com/gourmando

Sat Aug 21 '21 Announcement
29 days ago – Sat, Aug 21, 2021 at 03:49:07 PM

THE GOOD NEWS...

All 4 books arrived to storage on Thursday so the 2021 sketchbook regular cover, alternative cover, the Gourmando Deluxe hardcover and the Limited Edition are all in house.

THE BAD NEWS...

I was out of the office August 12-19 for my brother's wedding and came home  really sick.  My assistant is also out with COVID.   While my case is mild, a raging headache is keeping me from getting too much done.

STEVE AND COMMISSIONS...

Steve is roaring through commissions and once my assistant is back in house she will start attaching commission requests to hardcover books.

If you would like a commission we can offer them until your order is processed.  With nearly 700 orders to process will get everything out as quickly as we can.

DRAW NEXUS KICKSTARTER

My illness has caused a delay with this.  We are still planning to launch, hopefully within the next 2 weeks.  While I would love to get all our books out the door prior to launching anything new, bills do not pay themselves, and funds will allow Steve to work on his next Nexus project, THUNEWORLD, 

Tue Aug 10 '21 Announcement
about 1 month ago – Tue, Aug 10, 2021 at 07:43:30 PM

2021 SKETCHBOOK

This is currently in production with an estimated delivery date of August 17th for the alternative White Queen cover and August 24th for the main Wonder Woman cover.  This production was extremely limited (less than half our normal print run) and we have less than 100 copies left before it will be sold out.  

NEXUS: THE COMING OF GOURMANDO

I have a call into the shipper for an update (last week the vessel had not yet unloaded).  This is very typical right now, and extremely frustrating as we are excited to launch our next project, How to Draw the Animated Nexus.

HOW TO DRAW THE ANIMATED NEXUS

This is a much revised version of our 2006, How to Draw Nexus, Tips and Techniques.  We've added color, taken out the fundraiser sketches in the back, and added about 20 new pages of drawing tips and techniques!

New cover for the 2021 draw nexus book

COMING TO KICKSTARTER AUGUST 19th to SEPTEMBER 9th

COMING TO INDIEGOGO OCTOBER 2021