Preorders through the 3DTotal site are finally open! If you preorder through 3DTotal’s site, the first 100 people will receive 3, 8.5×11 signed prints! Preorders from other sites like Amazon have been available for awhile now, but they will not come with signed prints, only preorders through 3DTotal will receive them (and only while supplies last).
As some of you are already aware, the book is on sale in Singapore. Since the book was printed in China, Singapore was able to get the book first. I know the book can be found at Basheer and also the Kinokuniya on Orchard Road. So if you live near Singapore and you don’t want to wait to order the book, you should be able to pick one up. The book will be available in the UK on approximately October 22nd, and in the US in November. The book will be available worldwide, so don’t worry! I know 3DTotal ships worldwide.
Up next is a video preview of the book. I actually filmed myself unboxing the book when I first received it, but the lighting ended up being really poor. Instead I decided to film it again with better lighting. Amazon has a few preview shots of the interior of the book and 3DTotal has a preview of the entire book, but I thought it might be nice to see the real book in action. I hope you enjoy the preview of the book, and don’t forget to preorder now since there are only 100 copies that come with prints!
It has been an incredible journey putting together this art book. I actually began back in late 2009/early 2010. My initial plan was to self-publish the book, so I started talking to a printer. I ended up spending over a year going back and forth with the same printing company.
By fall of 2010 I started putting together the book. I really enjoy creating things and I tend to take on projects where I create everything by myself, so I created the entire book. I never realized the amount of time and effort that needed to go into creating a book. Not only did I need to create the entire layout of the book, but I needed to write the book and paint the images. Almost all of my free time went to working on my book. I had never used InDesign before, so I also had to teach myself how to use it.
The more I thought about the self-publishing route, the more I started to have doubts. One of the main issues with self-publishing is distribution. Without a distributor, I would be very limited in terms of sales. I probably wouldn’t be able to sell outside of the US due to extremely high shipping costs. I would also have to do all of the packaging and shipping myself. Would I have time to package each book and drive to the post office whenever I received an order? What if my book did well and I received 200 orders at a time? Can you imagine packaging 200 separate boxes and lugging them all to the post office?
Where in the world would I store all of the books? Most of the companies I spoke to wanted you to order a minimum of 1000 copies. How was I going to store 1000 books? They would probably arrive on huge pallets, so how would I move those into my apartment complex? I would have to take each box off and move them in one by one. If I had 1000 books and they weighed between 2-3 pounds each, that would be over a ton! I might be able to get a storage unit to store most of the books, but then I would have to pay a monthly fee for a storage unit, plus I would still have distribution problems.
There is always the print on demand option, but places like Lulu or Blurb are very expensive. I used their book calculator and I think my book would have come out to something like $60-75 per book just to make it. That meant I would have to sell it for more to make a profit. That was out of the question. I also checked out Amazons print on demand program and a few other places. I dunno, none of the options seemed very appealing to me.
Then, by some crazy coincidence, I received an e-mail from 3DTotal in August of 2011. I had been working for 3DTotal for years, so I was already good friends with them. In the e-mail they said they were interested in creating an art book with me, and they wondered what I thought about it. Funny they should ask! I already had an entire 200 page book completed when they e-mailed me.
So of course I started talking to them about the possibility of publishing my book. Sure the royalties I would receive would be minuscule compared to the self-publishing route, but they would handle all of the printing, storage, and distribution. I could also take advantage of the fact that they have distributors worldwide, so my target market would increase drastically. Plus the fact that I would be working with a professional team that is dedicated to creating top quality books really helped sway my decision. They also helped me redesign the back cover of the book, they streamlined the tutorial section, and helped me with editing.
The only problem was that I had missed their cutoff date, so I would need to wait until the following year to publish my book. Oh man, I had already spent over a year creating my book and now I would have to wait another year before it came out?
During the creation process I had to contact various clients to get their permission to put my illustrations and concepts in the book. After receiving permission from my clients and completely finishing the book, I unfortunately had to remove an entire 64 pages due to a conflict. I suddenly had to come up with 64 pages of new material.
I had already included all of the client work I was allowed to show, which meant I would have to come up with 64 pages of personal work. I almost never have time to create personal illustrations, so I had no idea where I was going to come up with time to create 64 pages of illustrations. 64 pages of content amounts to roughly 64-120 images. Even if I painted 1 personal painting a day on top of my other freelance work, it would take me another 2-4 months to finish. The other problem was that I had a deadline to meet with 3DTotal, so I had a limited amount of time to create the remaining 64 pages. Luckily, while I was creating content for the remaining 64 pages, some of my newer client work came out so I was able to include those in the book. I included over 100 paintings/drawings that had never been published or seen by the public before.
I had a lot of fun creating this book and I would like to thank everyone who had a helping hand in its creation. I hope you enjoyed this little preview of my book. Don’t forget to preorder from 3DTotal today! Thanks again for looking.