It's been a great week for The Born2Fly Project! We completed 2 milestones on the road to publishing our picture book to help stop child trafficking.
Early in the week, artist Leah Wiedemer finished the last illustration for the book. You can read about that here and see some photos of the day.
On Wednesday, Leah and I worked with the great staff at Eurografix, who took digital images of the illustrations.
Here's photographer Marnie Burkett setting up for the photo shoot:
It took a while to photograph the first illustration, of course, as Marnie made sure the lighting and settings were right.
Once we were all happy with it, the 3 of us went into action. First, Leah handed Marnie an illustration...
which Marnie carefully tacked up on the wall. Leah used soft pastels, which are very fragile; we joked about dropping one of the illustrations and watching all the chalk fall off. Thankfully that didn't happen.
As soon as Marnie shot one illustration, she gingerly removed it from its perch on the wall, handed it to me to put back into the box, and took the next one from Leah's waiting hands. It took about 2 hours to shoot all 75 illustrations.
The next day, Marnie popped the memory card into her computer and color-corrected every illustration, making sure it was as close to the original as possible.
Late this afternoon I picked up a DVD with all the illustrations and gave it to graphic designer Cathleen Kwas, who'll now turn everything into a book.
I'll have more photos for you next week as we continue to document the process of producing this book that will keep many, many kids from being lured into child sex slavery.
Our goal is to reach kids before the traffickers do, so we want to print truckloads of these books and the companion curriculum to teach kids about the lies that traffickers use. The more funds we have, the more books we can print.
You can donate by clicking the orange Chip-in button at the top right or here and donate safely by credit card or PayPal. All funds go to The Born2Fly Project to help stop child trafficking. Thank you for partnering with us to make this happen.
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Donations are still coming in from the 09-09-09 fundraiser for The Born2Fly Project--thanks, everyone! Here are the latest totals:
Total donors: 595
Donations via Chip-in: $12,396.46
Donations via check: 3,457.99
TOTAL: $15,854.45 (as of 10/3)