In under 24 hours you guys did it! Thank you SO MUCH for helping. Sylv really appreciates it, as do I. You're the best!
All art shown was painted by Sylv.
My wife and I are disabled artists - I was born with a birth defect and am in a wheelchair, and my wife has severe auto-immune issues and is legally blind. She is able to create art digitally by working on a tablet screen with her face only a few inches away. Her current laptop is on its last legs, is past its warranty, and fairly outdated besides. I'm trying to put together funds to get her a Lenovo Thinkpad - a tablet-screen laptop capable of heavy-duty processing for art software. The laptop is also her only real link to the outside world as her health issues have left her housebound since 1999. You can see a portfolio of her work at http://somnambule.deviantart.com/. Once she's back up and running, she'll be coloring my covers for my Image book.
What We Need & What You Get
This campaign is very simple and specific - I will use the funds to purchase her a new laptop: a Lenovo Thinkpad with 16GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. I addition to knowing you've helped someone in need, I am offering artistic services as perks. My wife's health is too fragile to guarantee set delivery dates on art, hence my stepping in and providing the perks.
I am a professional caricature and comic book artist - I draw with my mouth - and have been doing caricatures for over 20 years. I have a comic book series coming out from Image/Top Cow in November, but won't see royalties (if any!) until the new year, and I'm concerned that her current laptop won't last that long.
Contributors can get caricatures, portraits, and even comic book script and art portfolio critiques.
You will be, simply put, keeping my wife's connection to the outside world alive, and helping her to once again create art as a healing process. We live below the poverty line, and there's no way that I could buy her this laptop myself before the new year. I'd hoped to be able to wait until then, but her current laptop is dying, and it probably won't make it.
I have several successful Kickstarters that helped me get my comic book deal, and a successful Indie Go Go campaign that helped me upgrade my own computer equipment last year and pay a few bills. I'm very transparent and keep in regular communication with my contributors, and have built a reputation for honesty.
Other Ways You Can Help
You can help by spreading the word and letting your friends and online communities know about the campaign. Signal boosting is greatly appreciated!