CJ Draden is creating The Zero Mirror a Graphic Novel
10

patrons

$166
per month
Hello! My name is CJ Draden. I am a fine artist and comic book artist. For over a decade I've been a guest artist at major comicons around the United States and the EU. I studied Illustration at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. I'm here on Patreon because I want to share my journey with you and gain your support for my art!

Before we get into the specifics of my project here are few really amazing endorsements I've received of the last few years:
I've been on Whoopi Goldberg's ABC show "The View" for the New York Comicon segment....

Here's a great little meet and greet with Michael Rooker. He came to my booth at a show in new Jersey to get a portrait i made of him as Yondu from Guardians of the galaxy.

And last but not least an endorsement by the man himself... Stan Lee. I cant beging to describe how incredibly humbled I am by this endorsement. Before I met Stan, I was working on my first graphic novel. It was a very personal book written from personal tragedy and deep thoughts, its called "The Wooden Heart". I had the honor of meet and having lunch with the legend Stan Lee. Stan really liked my work and because hes such a gentleman he endorsed "The Wooden Heart". To have a name like Stan Lee endorse my first book gave me the motivation to strive to be a successful artist, especially because I met Stan at a time in my life when I was ready for give up on my art. His appearance in my life reminded me why its important to follow your dreams and fight the good fight with all the flame of your heart. You never know who may take notice. That encounter changed my life.


A little bit of information about my new book THE ZERO MIRROR!
When I was a young man Ancient Greece was always my favorite subject to read about. The lore surrounding Ancient Greece was so grand and vast and explosive to me, The Iliad and The Odyssey, The Greek Gods and The Titans and Icarus were all incredible and larger than life concepts that I couldn't stop thinking about. As I got older my study of Ancient Greece transcended to a deeper level. I took a lot of interest in the philosophy, science, lore, literature and myths that Ancient Greece gave to the civilized western world. After years and years of my mind filled with wonder about this majestic land, I finally had the opportunity to see Greece. I packed a sketchbook a change of clothes and bought my plane ticket and I left home to venture into a land of the lore and legend.
The inspiration I took away from that trip put me on a path to write and illustrate an epic fantasy/ adventure graphic novel called The Zero Mirror. The book is heavily influenced by Greek lore and Astronomy. I started this Patreon page because I want you to be apart of this project and I need your help to complete it. I hope you will help me take the baby steps to meet my milestone goals so I can fully refocus my time and efforts to take you on on a journey back to a time when Gods/ Titans and mortals battled to ruled the heavens and earth.
-CJ Draden

Tiers
PLUTO
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
This is where the story begins, on the planet Pluto! Are you ready to find Pluto's long lost moon and place it back into orbit?

Includes
  • Blog Posts & Process Work
  • Get a 15% off code for my online store
LAND OF THE GODS
$5 or more per month 1 patron
In the beginning there stood three deities, these gods set in motion a plan to build a grand labyrinth. 

Includes
  • Blog Posts & Process Work
  • Vlogs and Videos
  • Travel through Greece
ENTER THE ZERO MIRROR
$9 or more per month 3 patrons
Enter The Zero Mirror. 

Includes

All previous tier rewards plus monthly raffle for a chance to win process work out of my sketch book, character designs or landscapes/environment or composition renderings for final paintings or ink drawings and mono print paintings.


  • Blog Posts & Process Work
  • Vlogs and Videos
  • Monthly Raffle for Process Work made for this Graphic Novel
THE JENOVA KLUTCH
$15 or more per month 2 of 50 patrons
You've leaped through the Zero Mirror portal and now you're passing through the Jenova Klutch.

This tier gives patrons all previous rewards.


One of my inspirations for The Zero Mirror is the Journey of Odysseus in Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey".  I plan on illustrating Homer's The Odyssey as a companion book to my graphic novel The Zero Mirror. I will make one original painting from Homer's Odyssey a month. I will raffle off that monthly original painting I create from The Odyssey to a patron at this tier. BUT EVERYONE at this tier will get a print of that monthly painting.


PLANET ATLAS
$28 or more per month 5 of 30 patrons
Welcome to Planet Atlas! Home of the Ancient ones.
Includes


This is a very unique pledge to consider supporting. What you will find here you wont find in the previous pledges. Ill be doing a lot of teaching lessons in this tier. Sculpting, screen printing, cast molding and building just about anything that my studio operation requires.  

NOTICE: I chose to separate this part of the art making process from my regular blog/vlog posts because I have a massive amount of work to create for shows and commissions out side of this patreon project. Some of the lessons and vids I will make for this tier wont always be directly applied to the project or Zero Mirror related but some will. I feel it will be a good outlet to share with patrons the creative process.



  • Blog Posts & Process Work
  • Vlogs and Videos
  • Monthly Raffle for Original Art from The Odyssey
  • Exclusive Print from The Odyssey
  • My Odyssey through Greece
  • Sculpture/ Cast Molding and Screen Printing.
The Artist Life.
$40 or more per month 1 patron
By contributing to this tier you have access to all previous rewards.

This is a very special pledge. Many of you that have known me for the past 5 years and beyond have known that Ive been trying my hardest to get a mockumentary reality show off the ground with a strong premise of artist traveling to comicons. Ive pulled all my connections in Los Angeles and New York city to get a pilot off the ground but to no avail.

I decided to go the independent route and create a web series of my vision for this pilot. I've been pulling my resources together and I believe I have a solid crew to help get this off the ground.

I've been working with a writer to structure out 6 pilot episodes and a friend of mine in public relations to assemble a film crew. Were so close...

All who contibute to this pledge will help fund the small budget web series I'm putting together and will have sole access to the series before anyone. Please be aware assembling a film crew to shoot a reality mockumentary isn't an over night task and takes planning and time. Please understand this as you pledge to this tier.

If you decide to help fund my efforts to get this show off the ground and moving I will update you every time new information and status reports become available.
Goals
$166 of $250 per month
I'm jumping into Patreon with the intentions of completing a fantasy graphic novel called The Zero Mirror. This graohic novel is based on Greek Mythology and Astronomy. All the funding from my Patreon profile will be used for funding an entire online show surrounding my career as a full-time artist in the comicon scene, traveling across the US and the EU for comicos and projects. $250 is a monthly goal too build confidence and equipment to begin structuring a content schedule for my endeavors as an artist and this graphic novel. I want to thank you for your support and love for my work.
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Hello! My name is CJ Draden. I am a fine artist and comic book artist. For over a decade I've been a guest artist at major comicons around the United States and the EU. I studied Illustration at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. I'm here on Patreon because I want to share my journey with you and gain your support for my art!

Before we get into the specifics of my project here are few really amazing endorsements I've received of the last few years:
I've been on Whoopi Goldberg's ABC show "The View" for the New York Comicon segment....

Here's a great little meet and greet with Michael Rooker. He came to my booth at a show in new Jersey to get a portrait i made of him as Yondu from Guardians of the galaxy.

And last but not least an endorsement by the man himself... Stan Lee. I cant beging to describe how incredibly humbled I am by this endorsement. Before I met Stan, I was working on my first graphic novel. It was a very personal book written from personal tragedy and deep thoughts, its called "The Wooden Heart". I had the honor of meet and having lunch with the legend Stan Lee. Stan really liked my work and because hes such a gentleman he endorsed "The Wooden Heart". To have a name like Stan Lee endorse my first book gave me the motivation to strive to be a successful artist, especially because I met Stan at a time in my life when I was ready for give up on my art. His appearance in my life reminded me why its important to follow your dreams and fight the good fight with all the flame of your heart. You never know who may take notice. That encounter changed my life.


A little bit of information about my new book THE ZERO MIRROR!
When I was a young man Ancient Greece was always my favorite subject to read about. The lore surrounding Ancient Greece was so grand and vast and explosive to me, The Iliad and The Odyssey, The Greek Gods and The Titans and Icarus were all incredible and larger than life concepts that I couldn't stop thinking about. As I got older my study of Ancient Greece transcended to a deeper level. I took a lot of interest in the philosophy, science, lore, literature and myths that Ancient Greece gave to the civilized western world. After years and years of my mind filled with wonder about this majestic land, I finally had the opportunity to see Greece. I packed a sketchbook a change of clothes and bought my plane ticket and I left home to venture into a land of the lore and legend.
The inspiration I took away from that trip put me on a path to write and illustrate an epic fantasy/ adventure graphic novel called The Zero Mirror. The book is heavily influenced by Greek lore and Astronomy. I started this Patreon page because I want you to be apart of this project and I need your help to complete it. I hope you will help me take the baby steps to meet my milestone goals so I can fully refocus my time and efforts to take you on on a journey back to a time when Gods/ Titans and mortals battled to ruled the heavens and earth.
-CJ Draden

Recent posts by CJ Draden

Tiers
PLUTO
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
This is where the story begins, on the planet Pluto! Are you ready to find Pluto's long lost moon and place it back into orbit?

Includes
  • Blog Posts & Process Work
  • Get a 15% off code for my online store
LAND OF THE GODS
$5 or more per month 1 patron
In the beginning there stood three deities, these gods set in motion a plan to build a grand labyrinth. 

Includes
  • Blog Posts & Process Work
  • Vlogs and Videos
  • Travel through Greece
ENTER THE ZERO MIRROR
$9 or more per month 3 patrons
Enter The Zero Mirror. 

Includes

All previous tier rewards plus monthly raffle for a chance to win process work out of my sketch book, character designs or landscapes/environment or composition renderings for final paintings or ink drawings and mono print paintings.


  • Blog Posts & Process Work
  • Vlogs and Videos
  • Monthly Raffle for Process Work made for this Graphic Novel
THE JENOVA KLUTCH
$15 or more per month 2 of 50 patrons
You've leaped through the Zero Mirror portal and now you're passing through the Jenova Klutch.

This tier gives patrons all previous rewards.


One of my inspirations for The Zero Mirror is the Journey of Odysseus in Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey".  I plan on illustrating Homer's The Odyssey as a companion book to my graphic novel The Zero Mirror. I will make one original painting from Homer's Odyssey a month. I will raffle off that monthly original painting I create from The Odyssey to a patron at this tier. BUT EVERYONE at this tier will get a print of that monthly painting.


PLANET ATLAS
$28 or more per month 5 of 30 patrons
Welcome to Planet Atlas! Home of the Ancient ones.
Includes


This is a very unique pledge to consider supporting. What you will find here you wont find in the previous pledges. Ill be doing a lot of teaching lessons in this tier. Sculpting, screen printing, cast molding and building just about anything that my studio operation requires.  

NOTICE: I chose to separate this part of the art making process from my regular blog/vlog posts because I have a massive amount of work to create for shows and commissions out side of this patreon project. Some of the lessons and vids I will make for this tier wont always be directly applied to the project or Zero Mirror related but some will. I feel it will be a good outlet to share with patrons the creative process.



  • Blog Posts & Process Work
  • Vlogs and Videos
  • Monthly Raffle for Original Art from The Odyssey
  • Exclusive Print from The Odyssey
  • My Odyssey through Greece
  • Sculpture/ Cast Molding and Screen Printing.
The Artist Life.
$40 or more per month 1 patron
By contributing to this tier you have access to all previous rewards.

This is a very special pledge. Many of you that have known me for the past 5 years and beyond have known that Ive been trying my hardest to get a mockumentary reality show off the ground with a strong premise of artist traveling to comicons. Ive pulled all my connections in Los Angeles and New York city to get a pilot off the ground but to no avail.

I decided to go the independent route and create a web series of my vision for this pilot. I've been pulling my resources together and I believe I have a solid crew to help get this off the ground.

I've been working with a writer to structure out 6 pilot episodes and a friend of mine in public relations to assemble a film crew. Were so close...

All who contibute to this pledge will help fund the small budget web series I'm putting together and will have sole access to the series before anyone. Please be aware assembling a film crew to shoot a reality mockumentary isn't an over night task and takes planning and time. Please understand this as you pledge to this tier.

If you decide to help fund my efforts to get this show off the ground and moving I will update you every time new information and status reports become available.