“Ambedo is a collection of all of the sweat and tears I’ve shed in the past decade of my career. It’s a recording of my progression as an artist in terms of style, technique and personal narrative. I very much hope that you like the sweat and tears that are sprinkled onto each page.” --Tran Nguyen
Tran Nguyen and Flesk Publications have partnered to create her first art book, Ambedo. This book is available as an affordable signed hardcover. In addition, limited and open edition signed prints are on hand, plus enamel pins and original art are also available. Enjoy the samples and details below. Thank you for visiting!
All books pledged for through Kickstarter come signed by Tran Nguyen! In addition, all pledges of $40 or more come with a free 8x10-inch print! Thanks to all of our supporters for making this book a reality!
Stretch Goal #1 is UNLOCKED! We are including a two-piece bookmark set for free to everyone who pledges for the $40 Ambedo book.
Stretch Goal #2 is UNLOCKED! We are including a 4x6-inch, ten-piece postcard set for free to everyone who pledges for the $40 Ambedo book.
Stretch Goal #3 is UNLOCKED: We are adding an additional 16 pages to the Ambedo book! The book is now 208 pages. This bonus section will highlight the process of how Tran makes a painting in a special behind-the-scenes tutorial.
Ambedo is a luxurious new hardcover book that collects the very best paintings and drawings by Tran Nguyen completed from 2009 to 2018. It showcases her sensuous and personal work that was done for gallery exhibitions, as well as her advertising, book and editorial illustration projects completed as a freelance artist. Over 120 paintings are featured along with nearly a dozen preliminary sketches. An introduction by Tran opens the book, followed by her brief intimate commentary for each of her solo and group show chapters.
$40, 9x12 inches, at 192 pages. The book is now 208 pages thanks to the third stretch goal being unlocked! All books purchased through Kickstarter will include a unique bonus signed page that is bound into the book. The book features gilt edges (gold printed on the edges of the pages) and utilizes gold for highlighted text treatments on the interior pages and on the cover.
Tran’s paintings are created with a soft, delicate quality using colored pencil and acrylic on paper. She’s most known for her paintings of whimsical women and melancholic landscapes, which often possess an air of fantasy and surrealism.
Tran Nguyen is a fine artist and freelance illustrator currently based in Georgia. Born in Vietnam and raised in the States, she is fascinated by creating traditional paintings in the realms of fantasy and surrealism. Tran illustrates for magazines, books, product packaging, advertising and mural art. Her clients include Smithsonian magazine, Tiger Beer, the World Wildlife Fund and Amazon, and she has been showcased in galleries across the world.
This signed 13x19 inch museum-quality giclée print (above) feature Tran Nguyen’s painting “The Cerulean Girl.”
The “Forbidden Forest” signed print (above) is only available in the $120 and $220 group tiers, as well as the original art tiers. This 13x19 inch museum-quality giclée print comes signed by Tran.
These luxurious 13x19 inch prints will utilize 290 gsm acid-free matte paper that also is water resistant, and they are printed with archival and fade resistant inks. An open edition print is one that is not numbered or limited.
This signed and numbered print will be limited to the quantity ordered during this 30-day campaign. The luxurious museum-quality giclée print features Tran Nguyen’s beautiful painting “Spin the Dawn.” This oversized print is 18x24 inches and utilizes 300 gsm acid-free premium matte Moab Somerset paper that also is water resistant, and it is printed with archival and fade-resistant inks. This exceptional print is $100.
These two “A Place We Once Homed II” one-inch enamel pins will be expertly made under Tran’s supervision. Please note that the designs may fluctuate slightly during production. The enamel pins come as a set for $20.
As a bonus, we will include a free 8x10-inch mini-print of “Towards Leadership” with all pledges of $40 or more.
Tran is making seven of her original preliminary artworks available during this Kickstarter campaign. Each original art tier includes the signed hardcover book of Ambedo: The Art of Tran Nguyen, the signed 13x19 inch print of “The Cerulean Girl,” the signed 13x19 inch print of “Forbidden Forest,” the signed and numbered premium 18x24 inch print of "Spin the Dawn," and the two enamel pins. Note, these images do not appear in Ambedo.
The A Cornered Keepsake preliminary original art is done using graphite on paper, image size: 7x9", paper size 8x10" (unframed).
The A Half-lit Heartbreak preliminary original art is done using graphite on paper, image size: 6.5x8.5", paper size 11.5x11" (unframed).
The Cranberry & Elderflower preliminary original art is done using graphite on paper, image size: 8.5x5.5", paper size 14x9.5" (unframed).
The Kushiel’s Chosen II preliminary original art is done using graphite on paper, image size: 6.5x9", paper size 11x10" (unframed).
The Spin the Dawn preliminary original art is done using graphite on paper, image size: 6x8.5”, paper size 11x10.5" (unframed).
The Sleeping With Nostalgia preliminary original art is done using graphite on paper, image size: 9x7", paper size 10x8" (unframed).
The Sleepless On the Silk Road preliminary original art is done using graphite on paper, image size: 5.5x7.5", paper size 11x10" (unframed).
Stretch goals allow us to thank you for your growing support by rewarding you with exclusive bonus items and upgrades. All three of our stretch goals have been unlocked. Thank you!
UNLOCKED! A 2x6-inch, two-piece bookmark set that features two of Tran’s paintings. Free to everyone who pledges for the $40 Ambedo book.
UNLOCKED! A 4x6-inch, ten-piece postcard set that features some of Tran’s favorite pieces. Free to everyone who pledges for the $40 Ambedo book.
UNLOCKED! Adding 16 Bonus Pages to Ambedo!
We will add an additional 16 pages to Ambedo! This will increase the book page count from 192 pages to 208 pages. This bonus section will highlight the process of how Tran makes a painting in a special behind-the-scenes tutorial.
Add on anything to anything! An “Add-On” lets you pledge for more than one tier by adding the price of any additional tier to your existing pledge. Say you want to include an extra book? Simply add on an additional $40 to your pledge and let us know. You will also need to double the shipping charge. If you have any questions, we are here to help.
We expect to have your pledged items shipped to you in September 2019. The book is done and ready for the printer. We expect to send everything to the printer within two weeks after the completion of this campaign if we hit our goal. It takes approximately three months for everything to be printed and then to be delivered to us. We will ship them to everyone in early September, immediately upon their arrival at our Flesk warehouse in Santa Cruz, CA.
All books shipped within the U.S. will go by USPS mail and will include tracking. Premium signed giclée prints shipped within the U.S. will go by USPS first-class mail (small prints) or priority mail (large prints) and will include tracking. These prints will be shipped rolled in a sturdy tube for safe delivery. The enamel pins will be shipped with the prints or separately by first-class mail.
Items shipped to our international friends usually take three weeks for delivery to your local post office but can sometimes take up to six weeks, depending on the country. Note that customs for your local country may hold on to packages for a week or longer and incur additional charges that are the responsibility of the backer. We will not mark items as a “gift.” We know that shipping overseas is very expensive, and we too wish it was cheaper! We help by subsidizing some of the shipping cost. We make no money from the shipping.
Ambedo and all artwork are trademark and © 2019 Tran Nguyen. All rights reserved.
Video and text used for this campaign is © 2019 Tran Nguyen and Flesk Publications. All rights reserved.
Risks and challenges
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I pride myself on having a seventeen year record of delivering over ninety books of the highest quality. I've run ten previous Kickstarter campaigns with artists such as Brom, Frank Cho, J.A.W. Cooper, Jeffrey Alan Love, Gary Gianni and Mike Mignola (Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea Studio Edition), Petar Meseldzija, Richard and Wendy Pini (Elfquest), Mark Schultz, and Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue. Most of these have been on time. We are very open with our backers and communicate through updates often to keep you up to date.
In some cases, things don't always go exactly as planned in the publishing world. Much of the time they do, but sometimes an unexpected problem or delay arises. In the rare case that this happens, simply put, I deal with it and find a way to get the job done. I am very open about any challenges and like to share in the process so people know what's going on. I don't like surprises, and don't feel anyone else should either. I respect the artist, and our supporters too much to let them down. The good thing is that I've published over ninety books and I know how to get them shipped and delivered, and I know how to manage a schedule and keep projects on track, and I will stay motivated and energized to get the books into your hands when I said I would.
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