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The biblical story illustratively presented like you've never seen before.
The biblical story illustratively presented like you've never seen before.
The biblical story illustratively presented like you've never seen before.
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My project is simply the retelling, illustratively, of the biblical story of NOAH. ...But in its "EPIC-ness"! And using NO WORDS. That's right, this is not a preachy book unless you wish to fault me in providing a sermon through pictures. This book is NOT about a little boat, cute fluffy animals that come in "twosies" BUT a book that explores the WHOLE story as I've read it and poured over the biblical text. The story is one of my favorites and I am so compelled to tackle it with everything I have. In fact... I'm chomping at the bit! Please come alongside me and help me to share one of the most meaningful and beloved stories of all time.

"Noah at the Drafting Table"
"Noah at the Drafting Table"

This will be my 10th book (scroll down to see some of my other work) which I'm thrilled to tackle and my first KickStarter project - WITH YOU no less! KickStarter allows for an intimate involvement throughout the creation process from the get go. I can't imagine a more enjoyable way of creating a book.

Early concept drawing of Noah felling the Gopher Wood
Early concept drawing of Noah felling the Gopher Wood

Why is THIS "re-telling" of Noah is unique?

Aside from my illustrative style, my approach explores much of the inferred aspects of the story, or, what I read between the lines. This work seeks to flesh out the man, his world, his family and show the very real obstacles he faced, the ingenuity he used, the creativity he employed and the faith in which he walked. 

This story as I read it, while full of redemption, beauty and hope has also the grim reality of judgement on such a grand scale as never before or since seen. The story lifts my eyes to see a God who is awesome and terrifying, while full of love and compassion; I believe that to sidestep these aspects of the story is a disservice to all. 

Layout Set Design for the "building grounds" for the Ark
Layout Set Design for the "building grounds" for the Ark

Most already know the story, but unfortunately, most have what I would term a "sunday school version" of it. This story is deserving of more then a cursory glance and when one does really read it - Holy Mackerel! It is incredible!

Early ink sketch of the Great Deluge
Early ink sketch of the Great Deluge

What will be created and what your backing will enable?

- You are backing the creation of a wordless picture book, created by me, Mark Ludy, then packaged and bound in a quality hardbound edition (Retail Price will be $19.95 - $24.95. The size will be approximately 12 x 14"). We'll as well be offering a Limited Edition Boxed Set (learn more about this gift and others to the RIGHT).

Here were some of the early thumbnail sketches catching the initial flow of book
Here were some of the early thumbnail sketches catching the initial flow of book

- Plus! All the illustrative art released in the finished work will be made available for you art lovers out there. Only 100 of each illustration will be released in its original size, each signed and numbered with certificate of authenticity. This art will be brought to gallery showings where the whole story of Noah will line the walls - where communities can discover the story of NOAH in a unique artistic way.

Early sketches determining dimensions and scale of ark as related through biblical text
Early sketches determining dimensions and scale of ark as related through biblical text

The story is storyboarded with many sketched renditions worked out, but needs to be fully fleshed out. The KickStarter enables this while meeting the costs of printing, binding, distribution, the marketing of the book, it's Limited Edition boxed set, the Limited Edition Giclee Art and all ancillary products associated with, and in, the book of "Noah". I will keep in touch with you letting you know when we receive the books and when we start fulfillment. The art on the other hand will be ready for showings and fulfillment in 6 months. 

Early sketches of Noah
Early sketches of Noah

- One cool thing is you'll be able to follow the whole creation of the book through my Facebook page - as it materializes. This I think is the most intriguing part of the whole project... to come alongside its creation and become more intimately involved in the whole thing. 

Early set design layout for interior scene showing working, living & eating quarters on the Ark
Early set design layout for interior scene showing working, living & eating quarters on the Ark

Who am I?

I'm sure after watching the video I could be written off as just a nut - which I certainly can be. I do love to laugh and cut up - but just as much, love to be serious and be about the things I think matter - and my work I take very seriously (of course in the funnest possible way!). 

I have always loved drawing and discovered when I was 18 that I was a "communicator" and that the pen, the paper, words, etc.. were just TOOLS in the hand of the communicator.

"The Flower Man" was my first wordless picture book. It's about a man who comes to this depressed city street, buys an old shack, fixes it up - all the while everything he touches turns to color! Every window tells a different story! Over 60!
"The Flower Man" was my first wordless picture book. It's about a man who comes to this depressed city street, buys an old shack, fixes it up - all the while everything he touches turns to color! Every window tells a different story! Over 60!

I'm grateful for the opportunities I've had in my life to date. I've written and illustrated a number of children's picture books, 9 total. I have a small publishing house that has 4 of those works but haven't fed it with one since 2005. As a result I know what is involved in publishing a book and a fair understanding of what it will take to do this project well. 

23 Lost At Sea was a recent illustrative work
23 Lost At Sea was a recent illustrative work

My passion is people and I love to connect through the arts. I've been professionally using my talent in a myriad of ways since 1994. The art I create has an edge of whimsy, an undercurrent of soul and a dash of humor (and sometimes that can change piece to piece).

Other Illustrations by Mark Ludy
Other Illustrations by Mark Ludy

THANKS for coming alongside this project!!

Here was a recent doodle creation for a family by Mark Ludy, created with his BIC MED ROUNDSTIC PEN (His tool of choice). Get something similiar with the "I Want Mark to Draw Me a Picture! +" along the RIGHT Side Column!
Here was a recent doodle creation for a family by Mark Ludy, created with his BIC MED ROUNDSTIC PEN (His tool of choice). Get something similiar with the "I Want Mark to Draw Me a Picture! +" along the RIGHT Side Column!
Early sketch showing the original "horse whisperer" and his relationship with the animals. He had 100 years to learn all about the animals, what they would have eat for almost a year on the ark. He must of grown to appreciate and enjoy the animals very mu
Early sketch showing the original "horse whisperer" and his relationship with the animals. He had 100 years to learn all about the animals, what they would have eat for almost a year on the ark. He must of grown to appreciate and enjoy the animals very mu

Risks and challenges

The RISKS and CHALLENGES - I've tried to calculate time frame based off years of creating books and my experience. The risks you need to be aware of is any unforeseen hurdles in way of revisions, the printing and shipping and so forth. I would be committed to following through and doing everything in my power to see it completed in the time frame targeted. At the time of release I will employ extra help to make sure all fulfillment is done properly and all backer's gifts are doled out nicely and timely.So... barring any major hits with health, natural disasters and so forth... we ought to be good. But here is my commitment to you. I will keep in touch and let you in on what the journey will involve. You are coming with me... we are doing this together! We'll take everything in stride.

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    A Single Poster

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    The Good Times Package

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    Whoa! I Like! I Want! Package

    Get 1 Signed & Personalized First Edition Hardbound Book of "Noah" + The Squeakers Sticker + The EBook +PLUS+ 2 Posters (approx. 8 x 10" each.) of illustrations in the book!!

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    I WANT SOME ART ON MY WALLS!

    For you my dear friend - PICK ANY 5 ART POSTERS FROM THE BOOK and we'll send you them (approx. 8 x 10" each.) - AND! We'll also send you 1 Signed & Personalized First Edition Hardbound Book of "Noah"

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    The BOOK LOVER'S SPECIAL #1

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    THE WHOLE LUDY COLLECTION!

    Upon completion of this KickStarter you get to choose ANY or ALL of my10 titles - each will be SIGNED and PERSONALIZED. We'll let you decide. + ANY 3 Archival Reproductions (as seen at MarkLudy.com) - YOUR CHOICE! Thanks for backing this!

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    Noah's Collector's Edition Box Set - (1-5 edition)

    Only 100 Signed and Numbered Box Sets to be released. These will be released sequentially. After these initial 5 boxes we will release the next set - see prices & editions below. This is a specially packaged collectors edition book of Noah - a one of a kind premium cloth bound and embossed cover. + It's contents, will include 1 Signed Limited Edition Work of Art (only 100 released at approx.12 x 14"). + It will also include a behind the scenes account showing the early sketches and story behind the story written by Mark Ludy. + A personal letter of thanks by Mark Ludy

    6 - 25 edition will be released at $275

    26 - 50 edition will be released at $300

    51 - 75 edition will be released at $325

    76 - 100 edition will be released at $350

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    I Want Mark to Draw Me a Picture! +

    Alrighty then, One Original Drawing For YOU! Mark will spend roughly a good 30-45 minutes just thinking about you and creating a fun one of a kind doodle creation. + One Signed and Personalized First Edition Hardbound book of "NOAH". THANKS!!

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    Noah's Collector's Edition Box Set - (8-25 edition (#6 & #7 are in Separate Pledge Deal))

    Only 100 Signed and Numbered Box Sets to be released. These will be released sequentially. After these initial 5 boxes we will release the next set - see prices & editions below. This is a specially packaged collectors edition book of Noah - a one of a kind premium cloth bound and embossed cover. + It's contents will include 1 Signed Limited Edition Work of Art (only 100 released at approx.12 x 14"). + It will also include a behind the scenes account showing the early sketches and story behind the story written by Mark Ludy. + A personal letter of thanks by Mark Ludy

    26 - 50 edition will be released at $300

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    FIRST CHOICE for the ART LOVER !!

    Yes. Here's where you can get your hands on some art! When the art is complete for the book you will have 1st choice as to which piece of art you would like (this excludes "Noah at the Drafting Table" due to it being offered in previous gift and it being a Limited Edition). +PLUS+ I'll send you 2 Signed & Personalized First Edition Hardbound books of Noah and a handwritten Note of Thanks from the artist.

    The illustrations used in the book Noah will be released in Limited Editions in their original size (size will vary but is approx. 36" on one side or larger. It will either be on stretched canvas or on museum quality paper - your choice) - Only 100 of each. Each will be Signed and Numbered with certificate of authenticity. They will be released sequentially and go up in value as they sell out. When the illustrations are complete you will be notified and you will be given the opportunity to select the art you want for your walls.

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    The BOX & The ART of No. 6

    You are getting the Limited Edition Box Set - Number 6 to be exact (only 100) + Your Selection of one of my Limited Edition Art Pieces - Number 6 (At completion you will select)

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    The FLOWER MAN PACKAGE!

    Get BOTH "The Street Scene" and "Night Celebration" (Companion prints 36 x 23" from the book "The Flower Man" - to see art go to markludy.com)

    PLUS 10 Hardbound Signed Books of "the Flower Man", my first wordless picture book

    PLUS 10 Signed First Edition Hardbound books of "NOAH"

    #129 -131 are set aside for this campaign for "the Street Scene" and #154 - 156 for "Night Celebration" (a value of over $1500)

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    THE WORDLESS PACKAGE! TWO COMPANION Limited Editions FROM "THE FLOWER MAN" + MORE!!

    I've set aside both #003's of 300 of the 36 x 23" Limited Editions on Stretched Canvas of "The Street Scene" and "Night Celebration" (Both can be seen at MarkLudy.com). These are companion art pieces from the wordless picture book, "The Flower Man". These are my most popular pieces and will be sent to you on stretched canvas, signed, numbered and personalized with certificate of authenticity. + You'll get a signed hardback edition of "The Flower Man" + a signed and personalized first edition of "Noah" + a personal letter of thanks from me.

    My previous art has been sold sequentially from #006 on and just recently I released the first 5 of each. These are the only two matched numbers available. This package normally would be over $1700, but HERE? You are helping me and the project in a big way. Thanks!!

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    YOU IN THE BOOK!

    I'll draw you or a loved one (could be a pet) into the book! SOMEWHERE!!! Mind you - more then likely you'll be part of the fallen world that got wiped away in the flood - BUT - You'll be a part of history! *smile* AND... IN THE BOOK! This will be a caricature of course which I'll need photo references for + You'll receive the Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Illustration in its original size (size will vary but is approx. 36" on one side or larger. It will either be on stretched canvas or on museum quality paper - your choice) where the caricature is placed. + You'll GET the BOOK!! Signed and Personalize First Edition Hardbound book of "NOAH"!! FUN!! +PLUS+ I'll share it in FaceBook - Showing the additive of YOU or a LOVED one IN THE BOOK and how you were added.

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    The Art Collection of 3

    You'll select 3 Signed and Numbered Limited Editions of art from the book "Noah" (Only 100 of each is released). At completion you will select the three complimentary pieces of your choice)

    Plus you'll get 5 Signed and Personalized First Edition Hardbound Book of "NOAH" -AND- 1 Signed and Personalized Copy of The Flower Man!

    And my sincerest thanks!

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    The BOX & 3 Pieces of ART of No. 7

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    The Art Collection of 6

    You'll be selecting any 6 Signed and Numbered Illustrations from the book "Noah" either on wrapped canvas or archival paper.

    PLUS you'll receive 10 Signed and Personalized First Edition Hardbound Books of "NOAH" + 1 signed and personalized copy of The Flower Man.

    And my sincerest thanks for backing this project as you are.

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    GET the LUDY for A DAY + MORE!!!

    This is a Multi Faceted Reward that will cause you to go WILD with EXCITEMENT. Yes, you heard me right. FIRSTLY - You get to have Mark Ludy come and SPEAK / PRESENT / ACT UP / SING or DANCE (ahhhh... on second thought, best to leave that out... his dancing is out of control. ...too much for most) But YOU can have this Bald BUNDLE of ENTHUSIASM come to YOUR SCHOOL / Group / Church / Organization (Anywhere!) for a DAY. Use him up! He'll share stories behind the stories, he'll share his heart, he'll draw pictures and show how he creates - he'll most certainly bring encouragement and inspiration to all. (Just feed him while there otherwise who knows what will happen!) But you got em' this day for the sole purpose of using him to reach into peoples lives to make a difference. Everyone needs encouragement and this guys got plenty to give. (All expenses of travel and lodging are included) +PLUS+ You get to choose one of any of the illustrative art from the book, the Limited Edition Art (size will vary but is approx. 36" on one side or larger. It will either be on stretched canvas or on museum quality paper - your choice). This to keep for yourself or give away + 10 (that's right! TEN!!) Copies of the Signed and Personalized First Edition book "Noah"! (Times we'll coordinate together)

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    ORIGINAL CANVAS CREATION +

    With your lead (or your given license) I will undertake to create a unique art piece FOR YOU! My intent would be to have too much fun with it. Plus you'll receive the book NOAH!!

    Project would commence after the completion of the book Noah.

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    FAMILY PORTRAIT

    Original Family Portrait of 1 to 7 People (including animals) done Ludy Style on a Stretched Canvas.

    This art will be undertaken at the completion of this book. Photo references will be requested and your input received.

    You will be a tremendous support to this project and it will be fun!! THANK YOU!

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    3 DAYS w/ LUDY +PLUS+

    You'll be bringing me to your community for 3 days to speak / teach / encourage - @ your schools, churches or wherever you wish.

    Plus you'll receive a Signed & Personalized First Edition Hardbound book of "Noah" + 1 Limited Edition Art Illustration from the book your choice (upon completion you'll be given opportunity to choose)

    All expenses are included.

    And a HUGE Thank you for backing this project as you are.

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    The GALLERY COLLECTION +

    Every illustration depicting the story of "Noah" within the finished book will be in a Limited Edition. Only 100 of each piece will be released. You'll have the choice whether you want them in Wrapped Canvas or on Archival Museum Paper.

    By backing this project as you are you will be receiving the whole collection. There is projected to be 20+ pieces.

    As well you will receive 10 Signed and Personalized First Edition Hardbound Copies of the Book "Noah".

    +PLUS+ Mark will come and make himself available for a DAY of Speaking, Conversing or just being with you for a meal. AND my extreme gratitude and thanks for believing in this work as you are.

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