"You've Got the UNIVERSE in Your Hands"
"You've Got the Universe in Your Hands" is an empowering visionary arts children's book which celebrates the awesome miracle of being alive in this conscious, loving universe! It's a reminder which kids love to hear. It is currently available in black and white as a downloadable PDF - or as a limited edition signed hardcopy- and - with your help - is on it's way to becoming a full color illustrated book and a digital interactive ipad/tablet app.
Working on the song of it as well..
The story .... Came through inspired by my then 5 year old cousin Emma- who's name it turns out - means "wholesome and universal" . . .
You’ve got the UNIVERSE in your hands.
I’m not making this up, it really is true – you’ve got the whole universe right here with you.
You’ve got the universe in your hands. Let me explain the way hearts and stars may understand.
Each star in the night, just like each grain of sand,
is made of the same stuff as each woman and man.
And each woman and man and all of the children
and every dog, every cat, and every sweet little kitten,
are all made of the same UNIVERSE, far and wide.
The very same UNIVERSE that IS you and I.
Now, you don’t have to believe this, though what you believe may matter.
The TRUTH is you are made of the STARS as they scatter.
You are made of the SUN and of this EARTH.
But it is of the great and holy words
“ I AM ”
that we all came to birth!
You are made of the winds, and the waves in the sea,
of the endless vibration, sweet deep harmony.
You are made of LOVE and of POWER and STRENGTH.
Of so many things for which we all give thanks!
So GIVE THANKS!!!
Thank your parents, your ancestors ‘n’ the stars;
and give thanks for LOVE, CONSCIOUSNESS, CREATION, CREATOR…
Give thanks for Love ‘n’ YOURSELF, for your come-to-life powers!
And give thanks for the fish, the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees.
For the high snowy mountains and the sacred, fertile valleys.
And for all the good things that have brought you to your feet!
And all the things that may bring you to your knees.
All that is, all that was, and all that ever will be....
And for reminding you, if you wish, some sometimes think to thank me,
but I’m just like you; look through true and you’ll see…
How I love you so, ever so … oh so dearly.
And I will always be here, and you will be too…
…F O R I A M T H E U N I V E R S E…
And so are you.
You’ll get the UNIVERSE in your hands!
When you pre-purchase the book - or invest in my art - you'll receive what you pay for and a bunch of love and gratitude as well. I've tried to price my perks and art as honestly and reasonably as possible. Your support makes you part of bringing this story to life!...
The book is NOW available as the black and white digital sketches which are to be the backbone of the finished book....For only $3 or up- you can download, cut, fold and bind a book yourself. PDF will be mailed to your e mail address shortly after contribution is received. Print as many times as you like! For $8 you get the mini book and a coupon code for $10 off the published book in 2014. For $18 you'll get a signed copy of the Black n White mailed to you ! And starting at $33 you can pre order the color, sustainably printed published first run of the book...
Making it happen.
I'm giving this project all the love,
devotion, intention and attention it deserves... There's all kinds of
green publishing variables to consider as well (scroll down for more
details on publishing). For the most part, indegogo support will
function like a publisher's advance. With funds in place, I will be able
to focus in on the 30 plus pages of illustrations; which will also become the digital layers for the i pad / tablet book.. This projects
requires time and concentrated attention.
Art is Process...
art is mixed media: nontraditional digital meets analogue. I layer
photos and sketches as digital collage, play with screen printing and
alternative printmaking and yes...actual paint. I pour love and prayer
and life into my creations. See more at AquariusDreams.Com
Sneak peak at current book ...
Since my work begins as digital
"sketches" and layouts, much of what you saw in the sneak preview in the
video is just that, the unfinished digital "sketch" layouts. They are a
good start; but with your support, the illustrations will have a more
organic painterly feel like the images above...
Sneak peak from the current version Black and white version of the book... color is coming!!!!
Epic / Green Publishing
Because this book is about the UNIVERSE being in our hands there is an underlying message of caring for our planet, ourselves and respecting the fact that we are borrowing our resources from the children and the next 7 generations. I know I have to honor nature when I make it. I have a connection for publishing this book in the US at an Environmentally responsible printing company on recycled or, (waiting on print tests,) possibly even Tree Free paper. I am open to offers from other publishing houses as well; but need the message to be respected in the way the book is made. Love that apps can be tree free... I’m aiming to make the full color hardcover version of the book as epic as can be. Your help will allow me to pour love and attention into every square inch of the illustrations and the care of the publishing details for the finished published version.
The "Heart of Gold" $33 perk .. Organic American Apparel and screen printed in Ithaca!
What's the $ for?
The budget is $21,800 for me to publish & fulfill the campaign by sending you books and making you art!
These numbers are a pretty good estimate which a friend in publishing helped with .
~$600 Fine-Art Scanning of illustrations
~$895 Art Editing (Photoshop Mastering)
~$1,800 Book Layout Design Fanciness
~$175 Printing Test
~$10,874 1000 Main print run right here in the US. (Nothing against China, or other places; there just isn't very much environmental oversight, and I wouldn't have the opportunity to possibly print the book tree-free)
~$5,000 Perks: Fulfillment and Shipping
~$1,500 Indegogo Campaign Costs (roughly 10-15% of raised funds)
Stretch Goals / Interactivity
More specific Stretch goals for this project will be announced once the initial goal is reached. I've already started to dream of an interactive ipad/tablet app version of the story. Working on the video for this has expanded my awareness of what is possible with text/ movement/ sound and imagery and I'm beginning to dream even bigger. Interactivity might include, for instance, being able to upload images of your parents and grandparents. Talks have already begun with a prominent digital media house which is interested in moving forward on that project with me. All those who support my gifts on this campaign will be given a discount on the interactive version of the story when we are fortunate enough to move in that direction.
The "Bless your Heart and Hands" $33 perk 11x24 limited edition screen print on wood.
WHO I AM
Who are you?
My name is Ryan B. Curtis, and you may say that I'm a dreamer...
I’ve been an artist all my life and I've been making a living at it for a number of years. I have worked in a variety of media and have shown all over the country. My themes have centered mostly around nature and spirit. I have approached many of my creations with the intention of bringing some kind of a healing energy through my work. It has been a journey and I’ve met so many amazing people...like YOU! Thank you to all who have supported me on this path, and great thanks to Great Spirit for the path itself.
Risks and Challenges, nothing we cant surmount!
The biggest challenge with publishing this book is nailing down all the pre-production details, working closely with a printing/ publishing company, hand-picking the papers, printing page samples to ensure the colors are just right, and delivering the final product(s) to you without delay. My greatest joy in moving forward with this project is making each and every color illustration all that it can be and sparking the magic knowing in a child’s heart and mind that they are so loved by the greatness from which they come.
My biggest priority is for the end product to be of the highest quality and for the message to reach all those intended to receive it! I am willing to take risks to make it happen, including going out on this limb in sharing the process with you!
So much gratitude. Lets make great things happen!
The whole story told here . . take 2!