A book of sketches and watercolors on the banks of India's most sacred river. An invitation to travel, to dream, to explore ...

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The project

As an introduction ...

Sur les Ghats de Bénarès (''On the Ghats of Varanasi'') is a travelbook that takes place along the Ganga River in Varanasi.

Almost a motionless travel then...

This is the story with a small "h" of a chaotic city that founds a bit of calm and serenity by the holiest river in India.

The incomplete history of the most important city of Hinduism through its people, its pilgrims, its tourists, what is happens there and what is done.

Above all, it is the story of a walk with its discoveries, encounters, surprises and misunderstandings.

 

 

From the desire ... to the first drawings ... to the book

This project and the resulting book, is part of a 14 months journey (March 2012-May 2013) through Asia.

In February 2013 I spent a few days in Varanasi, I fell in love with this city and I drew some sketches. I like everything I see and it makes me eager to draw.

 

My Indian visa expires, I have to leave town.  I'm a little frustrated by not being able to stay longer.

I spent a month in Nepal and the idea of ​​working more seriously on a sketchbook about Varanasi starts to make its way.

 

On 14 March 2013, I'm back in Varanasi, with time enough and a good supply of paper.

I remain there close to 3 weeks and, as I expected, I spend most of my time walking along the Ganga and drawing.

 

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After having nearly fifty sketches done, I had to finish the coloring, add a few collage on some of them, order them, write some text and edit them (as little as possible) ...

More simply : get the book ready.

 

About the text, I have focused to describe my feelings and questionings, to tell some stories and invite the reader to follow me in this walk along the Ganga.

 

Unfortunatly for english readers, the text is in french.

But this is not a problem to enjoy the drawings...

Depending on how many english reader people will contribute to the projet I may think of making a translation of the text.

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Today, the page layout is complete.

With few exceptions, it is the same for the proofreads, edits and all the finishing touches).

 

Many printing estimates were prepared and I finally found my printer (the Villière Printing in Savoy, certified imprim'vert, ecologic printing label). I finally face the most difficult part : finding fundings before signing the quote printing with peace of mind ...

 

 

And then ...?

 

The printed book will be ready early November.

I'll be at the ''Rendez-Vous du Carnet de Voyage de Clermont-Ferrand'' from 15 to 17 November 2013.

I will present the original drawings of this travel book and other sketches and watercolors done elsewhere, and during other trips.

More importantly, if the crowdfunding is successful, I will be presenting my work to the public and several publishers.

 

This is what is sure about the future.

 

But I would also like to organize or participate in exhibitions where I can present my original drawings.

I also plan to participate in generalist book markets to meet a wider public.

 

The book in its final form :

 

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The book has 64 pages all in color. Size is 25.5 x 13.5 cm - landscape.

It will be printed on recycled paper semi mat 200g.

The cover will be flexible (300g paper).

 

Printing will be performed in France by an Imprim'Vert certified printer.

The first printing will be 250 copies.

 

I made very few alterations on the computer to stay close to the original drawings and the spirit of the travel book while providing a quality work.

 

Besides the book, I'm working on some other products :

- 8 models of postcard. (Size A6 long 20 x 10.5 cm) - A first model has been printed to check the print quality.

- 12 models of magnets (3.2 cm in diameter) - Some minor edits and adjustments are still needed to optimize drawings to this reduced size.

- Professional quality prints on 300g paperfrom of some drawings - original size (25.5 x 13.5 cm) and extended (40 x 21 cm)

 

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  A last word for the end ...

 

My wish is to share a bit of my journey (other may follow) with you.

 

After several months working almost alone, I need you all to go to the end and finish the project.

In addition to your financial contribution, you will help me greatly in relaying information to your close, your fellow travelers and your great-uncle billionaire and art lover ...

 

Thank you to all of you to turn this crowdfunding into a great adventure!

 

Why fund it?

The money from the crowdfunding will be used to print the book.

I'll take in charge other costs (shipping, printing postcards, magnets, etc ...)

 

The total project budget is € 2,705

The price of the print for 250 copies is 1975

Other charges amount to € 730

 

More concretely and more detailed ...

Of the € 1,800 collected

- € 1656  will be invested in the cost of printing the book

- The KKBB commission (8%) is € 144

 

This leaves a little more than a third of the budget at my charge:

- Most important: The additional printing costs - € 319

but also ...

- Printing of postcards (8 models - models 100 copies) - € 200

- Printing and the creation of magnets (12 models - 120 pieces in all) - 80 €

- The prints of drawings on A4 and A3 paper mat 300G (a hundred copies) - 150 €

- The shipping costs of the counterparties will vary depending on number of Kissbankers but I estimate between 100 and 300

or, counting the wider, a total of € 1,049

 

And what if there is more money...

Do not hesitate to exceed (or over-exceed) the counter ...

The money, you can imagine, will be well used!

 

With € 2,150 (120%) your contributions will fund the entire printing of the book (KissKissBankBank commission included).

With € 2,940 (163%) your contributions will fund the entire budget (KissKissBankBank commission included). And you can be sure to receive my eternal gratitude!  

 

And with even more money?

250 copies is few. Especially if crowdfunding is so successful.

The money will fund more copies of the book and make even more happy readers ...

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Autodidacte du dessin et de l'aquarelle, j'ai fait mes premiers croquis lors de mes premiers voyage il y a un eu plus de 10 ans. Depuis je dessine principalement en voyage, assez peu en France. J'affectionne particulièrement les scènes de la vie quotidienne et les lieux -a priori- moins photogéniques. Le dessin en voyage est pour moi un précieux moyen... See more

FAQ Questions about the project

+ Pourquoi Bénarès ?

Bénarès est sans doute l'un des endroits qui m'a le plus fasciné pendant ce voyage de 14 mois. Une ville fantastique, pleine de vie et de surprises. Une ville qui ne laisse pas indifférent.
J'ai pris énormément de plaisir à la dessiner et on ne peut pas faire de bons dessin sans prendre de plaisir.
C'est pour ces raisons que j'ai eu envie de consacrer tout un livre à Bénarès.

+ C'est quoi des ''Ghats'' ?

Le mot ''ghat'' n'a pas d'équivalent en français. Il désigne un escalier qui permet d'accéder à un fleuve ou un lac sacré.
A Bénarès il y a près d'une centaine de Ghats qui communiquent entre eux en une longue promenade d'environ 8 kilomètres.
On vient au bord du Gange pour se purifier dans l'eau du fleuve et prier. Mais aussi pour laver du linge, retrouver des amis, jouer au cricket, boire un verre de thé...
Toute cette vie, ce mélange de calme et d'agitation, ces couleurs et odeurs font des ghats de Bénarès un lieu hors du commun.

+ A qui s'adresse ce livre ?

A un peu tout le monde je crois...
Il suffit d'aimer les jolis dessins et les voyages.

Ceux qui sont déjà allés à Bénarès reconnaîtront de nombreux lieux et situations, en découvriront d'autres ou vus sous un autre angle,
Les autres se laisseront glisser dans mes pas et découvriront un peu de cette ville fantastique. Et si je peux vous donner ne serai-ce que l'envie d'aller y faire un tour j'aurai plus que réussi mon objectif !

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voila voila !! j'ai enfin pu participer! il m'a fallu attendre un peu que la carte soit à nouveau fonctionnelle, apres l'été, il ne reste jms grd chose! ;) beau projet en tt cas, et c'est super de faire partager!! j'espère vs voir bientot! Zoub' -nine-
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Merci ++++ à Marco qui a fait suivre l'info et merci à toi de m'avoir replongée de si belle manière dans les délices et la magie de Bénarés! Impatiente de recevoir ton livre vero
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Hey, super projet ! Artiste jusqu'au bout des doigts. Musicalement, Pierre.