Our Charity, Redkite
In early March of 2011 my sister was diagnosed with Leukemia and admitted to the Royal Children's hospital in Melbourne for what would prove to a very long and painful journey. That year was the hardest year of my life, i can't even begin to imagine what she was going through but through all the pain our family had some relief, this relief came in the form of Redkite. When my sister was undergoing treatment my parents would take turns staying in hospital whilst i would be at home studying. It was very tough, my parents could barely work and whats worse all the materials for school where expensive and used up fast. The Social worker who represented RedKite at the RCH's name is Xuan, she helped us with everything. Not only financially but also with her big heart, i find it very hard to open up but when i felt like breaking down she was always just a phone call away.
A year and a half later my sister passed away, but Redkite hasn't forgotten about my family. During my sisters last days Xuan organised necklaces with my sisters name engraved into them for me and my mother. They may only be necklaces but for us it meant the world, i always want to thank Redkite and Xuan for all the love and compassion they've treated my family with.
I think alot of people misintepret charities, especially charities dealing with cancer or cancer patients. Redkite isn't a charity that researches for a cure, they don't grant wishes and send sick children to Disney world, they do much more than that. They actually help the families when we need them most. The misconception with research cancer charities is that the money only goes to research, and i'll be truthful most of the things discovered in those laboratories are either swept under the carpet or wont be used on cancer patients for 10+ years while they're tested by the goverment. I don't support those foundations nor do i endorse any support in them, why? because there are many many many things they don't share with the general public, and donors alike and many alternative treatments to Chemo therapy and Radio therapy that are simply disregarded. Moreso, they fail to help those suffering from Cancer at present moment and ignore their needs.
Raising money for charity
The cost of printing an art book is expensive and so we will be covering basic printing costs, the rest will go directly to Redkite for the families of patients suffering cancer treatments to cherrish. In reality it's not much made per book but on a larger scale we're able to make a difference! So spread the word and get everyone involved!
Q: Why don't you donate to the Leukemia or Starlight Foundation since their more known?
This charity art book was inspired by my sister, she always did so much for the world and i'd like to give a little back to those who helped her and my family and all the other families and sick children in the RCH. When she was ill the Leukemia Foundation blew us off, we booked a day to have her in melbourne in one of their housing facilities and they cancelled on the day and told us to use the Ronald McDonald house (which might i add is not free as most think it is). The Starlight foundation i feel, neglects the wishes of terminal children and smaller wishes in general, they tend to over concentrate their efforts in the Disney Land dream when there are some dreams that can be fulfilled within our own country. I believe in supporting the children directly before supporting charities and foundations that are already heavily funded by the government.
Q: Storenvy has asked me to confirm you have shipped the Artbook to me?
Please ignore this automated email via Storenvy, because we have had Pre Order for more than a month, Storenvy automatically assumes it's been shipped and on its way to you. This is not the case. Please wait for a notification and status change of your order titled "Shipped". We will notify you via DeviantART also.~
Q: Do you ship to _______ for free?
Yes! Shipping for all Pre orders is free worldwide~
Q: If i have Pre Ordered can i request prints i would like for Goodies?
Yes you can, please only select one artwork and PM Miwa with your order name and email plus the selected artist.
Q: How long will Pre Order last?
Pre order will end December 25th! Get in Quick~
Q: Can i order even if i do not have Paypal?
Yes, you can purchase as a "Guest", although if you experience problems please PM Miwa and we can arrange some other form of payment.
Q: What are the Pre Order goodies?
The Pre Order goodies are various prints and suprises (shh we dont want to spoil it!)
Q: Can I contribute to the next edition of the book<b?
No sorry. there are no plans for a next edition. Future projects will most likely be independent from Ethereal and we will not be taking 'artist spot reservations'
Q: Have I been invited as a guest artist?
A lot people are getting confused over our contest invites. We invited our guest artists over notes, so if you ave received a group invitation, it just means we are promoting our contest and asking you to join. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
Q: Is this project only open for Australian artists?
No! We have invited a selected few international artists and our art contest is open worldwide. We are just primarily featuring Australian artists and also giving them a chance to showcase their work while also doing a good deed.
Q: Will contributing artists get a free copy?
Yes! All contributing artists will get their own free copy, the only thing we ask is for all artists to cover the shipping costs.
Q: How many drawings can i draw for the ArtBook?
Currently we are only allowing one piece per artist, but if we have any more pages (which is likely) you can pick another colour that is still open.
With that said if you do more than one the second and thereafter the second need to be limited to the dimensions of one page. Double pages are limited. If this happens we will update the journal to let you know!
Q: Do i have to let the group know if i want a double page?
We don't mind if you don't let us know up front but in the sketch stages when you send us your first sketch please note that you will need to let us know as double pages are limited and in high demand. You are more likely to get a double page if you do more than one drawing for the ArtBook.
Q: Can I pick (so and so) colour?
Unless you are an invited artist, the answer is no. Those spots are reserved and not available for the public.
For the contest, you do not need to tell/ask us which colour you want as spots for contest entries are unlimited.
If you are an invited artist please note us regarding which colour you would like to take
Q: Why do i have to sign the copyright contract?
As per our request we will be asking all participating artists to sign copyright contracts in which all details of our artbook will be discussed. This protects both the Artists and the Founders of Ethereal from legal issues and outlines your rights as the Artist. This is a legal binding contract but as stated in 8.1 (Termination Agreement) if an artist is unable to finish their contribution to Ethereal we will terminate the contract. We don't pertain any copyright over your artworks this is something we really would like to stress- we simply want to make sure that Artists understand that by contributing they are alowing us to sell Ethereal both in print and in various materials to raise money for Red Kite Foundation.
Copyright Contract: Download here
Q: Can my Art Work include text?
Yes! Text is allowed in natural occurances for example books, street signs, posters, etc. We also welcome text if it is part of the background, but if your text overlaps or obscures the Art Work then please refrain from including it. This also reffers to graphic textures instead of landscape backgrounds.
Q: Can my Art Work be a detailed potrait or does it have to be a landscape?
Just as long as you are clearly reflecting the theme (Our Earth) then a detailed potrait is fine, please be mindful of a white background though and make sure that it is made up of at least two colours, which can be of the same shade.
Q: What is the 'red kite' that you are asking for to be in our submission?
We are asking for a kite to be drawn, that is red. Something like this: socialmediaforsmartpeople.com/…
(I had no idea a lot of people could easily misinterpret a 'red kite' especially within this context)
Q: How do I donate to this group?
If you would like to donate prizes please send a note to this group or either GreyRadian or MiwaAkai
Point donations are also collected through GreyRadian and MiwaAkai.
For any questions or concerns, please send a note to this group (Ethereal-artbook)