Rough sketch - My Love for You is the Wind

Rough sketch – My Love for You is the Wind

Not surprisingly, artist Susan Eaddy’s clay illustration of the wood ducks for our Kickstarter campaign has drawn a great deal of attention (and awe!). Most people find it difficult to believe she achieves such stunning results using clay as her medium.

So this week, our theme for the campaign is “Inside the Artist’s Studio.”

Today Susan is offering us a (time lapse) peek into her process with a two-minute video. I had to pick my jaw up off the floor after I watched it for the first time, and I feel confident you will too! On Wednesday, Joanna Marple will feature a full interview with Susan on her blog, and on Thursday, Sarah Towle will share a video she recorded onsite in Susan’s studio in Nashville. You’ll get to see the original Wood Duck illustration!

But there’s more!!

As I write this, we have achieved 80% of our funding goal. We need just slightly less than $2000 to publish MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN! To celebrate, Susan has offered our community a special surprise. IF we reach our funding goal of $10,000 by 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20th, Susan will complete a second illustration for the book BEFORE our campaign ends on December 11th!

With the winter holidays coming up, this is the only way Susan can complete another illustration before the end of the year. And of course she can’t begin unless we know we’re funded.

Should we reach this goal, the illustration we’ve chosen to complete is the one with the horses – My Love for You is the Wind. How badly do you want to see Susan work her magic on those horses? If you’ve been thinking of backing the campaign or spreading the word but haven’t had a chance yet, NOW is the time.

To sweeten the deal even further, if we reach the goal in time, every backer at the $25 level and above will receive a signed postcard of thanks from Susan featuring the horses illustration.

But first, here is the video of Susan working her magic. Check below the video for tweets you can share to spread the word about Susan’s work on this project. Thanks!

Tweets to Share (As always, feel free to put these in your own words!)

Illustrator Susan Eaddy works MAGIC in clay. Watch this 2 min time lapse video! (Click to tweet this)

Back this #picturebook on #kickstarter so we can see another illustration like this one in 3 weeks! (Click to tweet this)

Prepare to be amazed watching artist Susan Eaddy work #picturebook magic in clay! (Click to tweet this)
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  1. How fabulous to use clay. It looks amazing!

  2. That is absolutely stunning! Please thank Susan for making that amazing video. I have already clicked to tweet (although the first tweeting link just heads to the Kickstarter page). What Susan is offering is fantastic — I hope, hope, HOPE you make that goal of full funding by November 20th.

    Susan’s work is beautiful (that’s an understatement). I love clay art. I have done a small piece of very simplistic clay work, and found it a wonderful medium. I am thoroughly impressed by Susan’s artistry.

    • Beth, you are making me blush! I am SO glad that Julie is the one posting this. To echo her thoughts from her blog post yesterday, self promotion is my LEAST favorite part of my job and I am TRULY grateful, that Julie is putting this out there instead of me! Thank you for your kind words.

  3. This is gorgeous and interesting to watch the process. How large is the work? I know that’s a crazy question, but wondered if it’s on the scale of a page or larger format.

    • Hi Stacy,
      Great question. I try to work at actual size or sometimes larger… so this piece is roughly 10″ x 22″. I can’t work too big because my camera can’t fit it in the frame,and I can’t work too small because my fingers can’t manage the details.

  4. The video gave me chills. Susan’s work is just stunning!

  5. Absolutely amazing! I was sure the medium was embroidery. I tweeted. Congratulations on reaching 80% funding!

  6. Amazing! I thought embroidery was her medium. Just wonderful! I tweeted.

    • Sharon, I lOVE embroidery! It is soooo wonderfully tactile, and you are right… it looks remarkably like clay, or vice versa. Not that I can DO embroidery, and I am so in awe of those who can!

  7. Oh my gosh! Susan’s drawings are lovely enough, but her clay art is AMAZING!!! I can just imagine the magic your words and her art will be, Julie!

    • Thank you Teresa. I was so INSPIRED by Julie’s words & the rich imagery they brought to mind. I am so very thrilled to be working on this project together.

  8. Totally, completely awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Jaw-dropping awesome process! Susan, i am totally amazed. Your talent glows with rich color as you capture tender emotions in these natural moments.

  10. LOVE this video! So cool to see how it all comes together! (And the horse is my favorite just by virtue of it being a horse so I can’t wait to see that one!)

  11. What an amazing video. After my kids saw it they wanted me to pledge support again!!! I can’t wait to see the finished book.

  12. What an informative video – so interesting to watch! I never realized what was involved in a clay illustration.

  13. Abso-flippin’-lutely marvelous! Can’t wait for the book! 😀

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