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An illustrated history of the tank over the last 100 years told through the paintings and drawings of the artist David Pentland
An illustrated history of the tank over the last 100 years told through the paintings and drawings of the artist David Pentland
An illustrated history of the tank over the last 100 years told through the paintings and drawings of the artist David Pentland
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Hi, my name is David Pentland, I am an artist, and for the last 20 years I have specialized in painting various military subjects.

In September 1916 the first tanks appeared on the western front, and to mark this centenary I have been working on a book tracing the history of this unique vehicle through my paintings and drawings.

Sample spread from book
Sample spread from book

I have structured the book to cover early design concepts, and the developments through the two world wars and the postwar era. Each image describes a specific battle or engagement, and has been thoroughly researched to be as accurate as possible. Unfortunately not all tank types could be included due to sheer numbers, but I have selected those I feel important examples of the vehicle.

Sample spread from book
Sample spread from book

The book will comprise 112 pages, (280mm x 215mm, 11 x 8.5 inches), landscape format hardback, fully illustrated throughout with full colour paintings and black and white drawings. The edition will be divided into a signed and numbered Commemorative Edition for all Kickstarter buyers, and an Unsigned Trade edition to retail at £25.

As part of this campaign in addition to the book I am also offering a wide range of rewards. These include postcards, limited edition prints and original paintings and drawings.

 Pledges start with packs of postcards, and the  Commemorative Edition signed and numbered book,  Additional pledge packages offer this book with various combinations of prints and originals. 

 FUNDING

For those not aware of how Kickstarter works, if you make a pledge from one or more of the rewards offered, your credit card is only debited if the campaign reaches it's funding target. Should it fail to reach it's £5500 target within the 30 days then no charges are levied.

Basically I am looking to raise enough money to cover printing and delivery costs for the initial book run. With your help we can do it!

 A NOTE ON THE LACK OF STRETCH GOALS

Many campaigns include such goals, however in this case, I hope the fact that the book run is a signed numbered edition will encourage Kickstarter buyers to see it as a good bargain. Hopefully the backers will also appreciate that the print rewards offered represent a big discount on RPP prices of these signed limited editions. (Prices are almost half normal level.) Prices for original pieces have also been discounted for a limited number of items, and commissions.

A FINAL WORD FROM DAVID

Regardless of whether you contribute towards this project or not, I would like to thank you for taking the time to look at my campaign. I would also like to offer my gratitude to those who have supported and enjoyed my work over the years. I hope if the book does go ahead it will in part be a thank you to all those “Tankaholics” like myself.

Risks and challenges

At present over 90% of the proposed book is complete. A few additional paintings and drawings are still being worked on and will be completed for the conclusion of the campaign in March.
Once funded (end of March) a six week period is required for delivery from the printers of the books, which following signing will begin dispatch by end of May or early June 2016.
Hopefully this timeline may be shortened should funds be made available sooner, or delivery from the printer quicker.

As regards distribution, I will be relying on my agents of long standing, Cranston Fine Arts,(Scotland) to pack, and dispatch all book and print orders.

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    Pledge £6 or more About $9

    REWARD 1

    Pack of 5No. 6 x 4 inch full colour postcards of paintings from the book, and a big thanks for helping fund the book.

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    REWARD 2

    Signed and numbered copy of the 112 page hardcover art book.
    INCLUDES FREE pack of 5No. 6 x 4 inch postcards for 1st 250 pledges.
    Your name will be listed in a special thank you page of the book.

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    Pledge £58 or more About $84

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    SMALL PRINT : Choice of 1 of 3 signed limited edition tank prints (Approx Image size 17x12 inches, 43 x 30cm.)
    Signed and numbered copy of the112 page hardcover art book.
    INCLUDES FREE pack of 5No. 6 x 4 inch postcards for 1st 250 pledges.
    Your name will be listed in a special thank you page of the book.

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    REWARD 4

    LARGE PRINT : Choice of 1 of 10 signed limited edition tank prints (Image size 25x16.5 inches, 64 x 42cm.)
    Signed and numbered copy of the 112 page hardcover art book.
    INCLUDES FREE pack of 5No. 6 x 4 inch postcards for 1st 250 pledges.
    Your name will be listed in a special thank you page of the book.

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    ORIGINAL DRAWING: Choice of 1 of 10 A3 Signed Pencil drawing from book.
    Signed and numbered copy of the112 page hardcover art book.
    INCLUDES FREE pack of 5No. 6 x 4 inch postcards
    Your name will be listed in a special thank you page of the book.

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    REWARD 6

    COMMISSION AN ORIGINAL DRAWING: Subject of your choice: A3 Signed Pencil drawing.
    Signed and numbered copy of the112 page hardcover art book.
    INCLUDES FREE pack of 5No. 6 x 4 inch postcards
    Your name will be listed in a special thank you page of the book.

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    Pledge £1,100 or more About $1,585

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    ORIGINAL SMALL PAINTING: Choice of 1 of 6 16x12 inch ( 41cm x31cm ) Signed Acrylic on canvas painting from book.
    Signed and numbered copy of the112 page hardcover art book.
    INCLUDES FREE pack of 5No. 6 x 4 inch postcards.
    ALSO INCLUDES FREE Pencil Remarque and dedication to inside cover.Your name will be listed in a special thank you page of the book.

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    Pledge £1,300 or more About $1,873

    REWARD 8

    COMMISSION AN ORIGINAL SMALL PAINTING: Subject of your choice 16x12 inch (41cm x31cm ) Signed Acrylic on canvas. Signed and numbered copy of the 112 page hardcover art book.
    INCLUDES FREE pack of 5No. 6 x 4 inch postcards
    Your name will be listed in a special thank you page of the book.
    Note delivery of the finished painting will depend on approval of final sketch.
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    Pledge £2,900 or more About $4,178

    REWARD 9

    ORIGINAL LARGE PAINTING: Choice of 1 of 32 no. 30 x 20 inch ( 76cm x 21cm ) Signed Alkyds/Acrylic on canvas painting from book.
    Signed and numbered copy of the 112 page hardcover art book.
    INCLUDES FREE pack of 5No. 6 x 4 inch postcards
    ALSO INCLUDES FREE Pencil Remarque and dedication to inside cover.
    Your name will be listed in a special thank you page of the book.

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    ORIGINAL EXTRA LARGE PAINTING: Choice of 1 of 2 no. 36 x 26 inch ( 76cm x 21cm ) Signed Alkyds/Acrylic on canvas painting from book.
    Signed and numbered copy of the 112 page hardcover art book.
    INCLUDES FREE pack of 5No. 6 x 4 inch postcards
    ALSO INCLUDES FREE Pencil Remarque and dedication to inside cover.
    Your name will be listed in a special thank you page of the book.

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    REWARD 11

    COMMISSION AN ORIGINAL LARGE PAINTING: Subject of your choice.
    Based on 30 x 20 inch ( 76cm x 21cm ) Signed Alkyds/Acrylic on canvas painting.
    Signed and numbered copy of the 112 page hardcover art book.
    INCLUDES FREE pack of 5No. 6 x 4 inch postcards
    ALSO INCLUDES FREE Pencil Remarque and dedication to inside cover.
    Your name will be listed in a special thank you page of the book.
    Note that delivery of the painting will depend on approval of the final sketch.
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