What ‘Musicalendario 2023’ is?
In 2016 I designed, illustrated and produced my first illustrated calendar. I needed a project that would allow me to freely create, experiment, and advance in the development of my illustration style. I repeated in 2017, 2019 and 2022, this last on this platform. The experience in Verkami was so nice that I repeat this year.
'Musicalendario 2023' is a project about the design, illustration and production of an illustrated calendar for the year 2023, to be used as a wall or a desktop calendar. Due to the theme, the music, and the typology of the illustrations, this is a calendar for women, over all.
Each print has an illustration based on a song at the top. Below it, the title and artist of the song, along with a printed QR code. If you point at the QR with your mobile camera on, you will be redirected to the song that it illustrates and you will be able to listen to it.
The selection of songs that I have made for 'Musicalendario 2023' includes some of the best songs in history. On a personal level, that selection is also the soundtrack to the most important moments of my life; You will find me and meet me in it. But do not fear, all the songs you will like and, some, more than one, surely, will even make you dance: in June, for example, The Beatles will play.
At the bottom, each print will contain a monthly planner that will allow you to conveniently note appointments and events.
Similar to all my previous calendars, 'Musicalendario 2023' is conceived with the purpose of being the most handmade product possible. Once the final art has been illustrated and made, it will be produced in a family printing in Sevilla. There will only be a single edition and it will be limited to the total number of patrons who support it.
Prints arrive home grouped by months. It is necessary to order them and put them in your folder one by one.
I will sign the calendar on the back and list each copy by hand in strict order of contribution. Then I will wrap each calendar in tissue paper and accompany it with a card that I will illustrate expressly for this project and that I will dedicate, by hand, on the back for each patron.
Detail of the project:
-1 illustrated folder for all inner prints. On the back, the folder will have a space that will collect the names of all the patrons, along with another space in which I will sign and number each copy.
-12 prints, one for each month (A4 page size: 21 × 30 cm)
-12 micro stories, one on each prints
-12 illustrations that you can frame at the end of the year
-12 monthly planners
There are two basic rewards, depending on whether or not you want the calendar to have a personalized illustrated dedication inside the envelope folder:
A. Illustrated calendar + name included in the acknowledgments on the back cover + hand delivery (There will be collection points in Seville and its surroundings (to be determined). If you want to receive it at home, add the reward of € 5, € 12 or € 18 depending on the shipment you require.)
You will receive the calendar numbered and signed by hand, wrapped in tissue paper along with a card illustrated by me and dedicated by hand on the back.
B. Illustrated calendar + personalized illustrated dedication inside (special for gifts). If you choose this option, I will illustrate a personalized dedication inside the envelope folder: Illustrated calendar + name included in the acknowledgments on the back cover + personalized illustrated dedication inside the envelope folder + hand delivery (There will be collection points in Seville and its surroundings (to be determined). If you want to receive it at home, add the reward of € 5, € 12 or € 18 depending on the shipment you require).
C. It is also possible to sponsor packs of two and three calendars.
Who am I?
My name is Raquel Feria Legrand and I was born in Córdoba, although I live happily with my husband and my two children in Tomares, a town in Seville very close to the capital.
I am a journalist and I work designing infographics at Diario de Sevilla.
I have always liked to draw, my oldest memories are linked to colored pencils. Although I have never stopped doing it, due to the reduction in working hours I took it up again in a more serious and active way and, after developing a style, I designed prints that I tried to sell in Etsy. Thanks to the sales I got and the diffusion I made of my work in social networks, design and communication agencies began to contact me, both national and international, for which I have developed infographics and editorial, advertising and museum illustration works, allowing me to become a freelance.
As I mentioned at the beginning, in 2016 I designed, illustrated and produced my first illustrated calendar. I repeated in 2017 and 2018, but I gave up in 2019, economically none of them were profitable.
Illustrating each calendar and managing its production involve a month and a half of intense work. I am a freelance and I can not avoid the fixed expenses derived from my activity to invest in a project with no return, so I use this platform with the purpose that 'Musicalendario 2023' can be a profitable reality.
What will we allocate your contributions to?
In the first place, the contributions will serve to defray the cost of the campaign, the cost of printing and the cost of all the materials necessary for packaging and shipments. The remaining amount will be used to pay the cost of the writing of the micro stories and the design, illustration, packaging and preparation work for the shipment of all the calendars. 35% of the proceeds, I like to consider it that way, will be reverted to society in the form of taxes (VAT and personal income tax).
What if the campaign exceeds the collection?
If the campaign reaches 100% with your contributions, I will allocate the rest of what has been achieved, first of all, to produce the calendars sponsored by all the patrons who contribute to the campaign once the amount that is needed has been achieved. Second, I will allocate the necessary amount to pay campaign expenses and taxes that exceed the fixed amount. And for everything that is collected more, I have a specific objective called Futuro Singular Córdoba.
In this center lives my sister. I will donate everything collected that exceeds the established amount, minus the production, campaign and corresponding taxes, to this center and I will leave update that I will post on this platform so you can know it. I hope I can do it, I really want it.
The campaign lasts for 40 days. Assuming it starts on October 6, the times would be as follows:
-From October 17 to November 25: design and illustration of the calendar and the illustrated card that will be dedicated. Once the campaign is over, I will immediately get in touch with all the patrons.
If the required quantity is reached:
-From November 23 to 25: color test and color corrections and composition of illustrations + acquisition of packaging materials
-From November 26 to December 2: printing, cutting and creasing of the envelope folder. The inside flap of the folder is glued by hand, one by one, hence, allow a week for this stage of the project.
-From December 2 to 4: signing, numbering and packaging of the calendars in order of patronage
-December 5: day on which I hope to be able to send (also hand-deliver) the first calendars.
-December 15: last day for shipments.
All rewards will receive the corresponding invoice by email.
Shipments will be certified with a tracking code. These dates are marked so that everyone is at the addresses provided by the patrons on December 20 at the latest. I will respect the order of realization of each patronage to establish the order of the shipments, but I have no choice but to give a certain exit preference, for logistics, to international shipments and to the rewards of those patrons who need the calendar for a date prior to the December 20th. I will try, vehemently, that all your rewards come to date in all cases, but there may be problems in this regard with the US, Australia and countries in the Middle East. If this is the case with a patron, please let me know to prioritize your reward and avoid any delay.
And, what about if the required amount is not available?
Contributions are charged instantly, but if the necessary amount is not achieved, the platform will immediately return the amount contributed by entering it into your account. I will contact all the official patrons and produce the rewards of those who want to place their order outside of this platform, even if this means that the project is not personally profitable. You will have your calendar.
If you need more information about this project, write to me at [email protected], I will be happy to help you and resolve your questions.
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