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Creative Block by Danielle Krysa (book review).

December 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Creative Block by Danielle Krysa (book review).

One thing I rarely ever have is creative block. I might not have time to do everything I want to in a given time but I was curious to see what Danielle Krysa had to say on the subject in this book called ‘Creative Block’. In her introduction, she explains that she interviewed 50 trained […]

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Fashion Illustration: Inspiration And Technique by Anna Kiper (book review).

December 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fashion Illustration: Inspiration And Technique by Anna Kiper (book review).

When I can fit them in, I try to fit in some art technique books. As I’m focusing on improving how I draw clothes, it’s inevitable I will look at artbooks that focus on fashion and picked this one up in the summer, flicked the pages and was immensely impressed with Anna Kiper’s art technique […]

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The Kitchen Art Studio (Learning To See book 5) by Peter Jenny (book review)

December 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Kitchen Art Studio (Learning To See book 5) by Peter Jenny  (book review)

I did have to wonder about the title of the fifth book in the ‘Learning To See’ books, ‘The Kitchen Art Studio’ as to what it was about. It’s not exactly about cooking but seeing the odd shapes of vegetables and other things in your kitchen as artistic shapes. Although I can cook, unlike Peter […]

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Unlearning To Draw (Learning To See book 4) by Peter Jenny (book review)

November 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Unlearning To Draw (Learning To See book 4) by Peter Jenny  (book review)

‘Unlearning To Draw’ is probably the most advanced of these ‘Learning To See’ books but does have a fatal flaw for people like me. Peter Jenny thinks everyone has family photo albums that you can draw (sic) upon to use as your models. If you haven’t, can I suggest an alternative and you start collecting […]

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Drawing Techniques (Learning To See book 2) by Peter Jenny (book review)

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drawing Techniques (Learning To See book 2) by Peter Jenny    (book review)

The title, ‘Drawing Techniques’ is a bit of a misnomer because Peter Jenny’s second book in his ‘Learning To See’ is out to liberate your ability to scribble and doddle. That is until you reach chapter 12 and you start building the basic shapes of square, cube, triangle, pyramid, circle and sphere, the basis for […]

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Neverwhere: The Author’s Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell (book review)

November 21, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More
Neverwhere: The Author’s Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell   (book review)

This edition of ‘Neverwhere’ is a republishing of Gaiman’s 2015 ‘Neverwhere Authors Prefered Text’ edition with a minor difference. All right, it’s a huge difference. This one has been illustrated by UK Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, but the text remains the same as the 2015 published edition. Before discussing the illustrations, let’s consider ‘Neverwhere’. The […]

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Funny! Twenty-Five Years Of Laughter From The Pixar Story Room (book review).

November 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Funny! Twenty-Five Years Of Laughter From The Pixar Story Room (book review).

A common misconception is that when any comedy films are made that all the right jokes are selected at the scripting stage. With animation, where so much of it is visual gags, then as John Lasseter describes, egos are left at the door when his team enters the Pixar Story Room and each of the […]

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The Artist’s Eye (Learning To See book 1) by Peter Jenny (book review).

November 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Artist’s Eye (Learning To See book 1) by Peter Jenny (book review).

As I commented when I review Peter Jenny’s third book ‘Figure Drawing’ in this ‘Learning To See’ series last month, his books are designed to stir up the creativity in you, even if you haven’t had any formal art lessons or at least any that have sank in. The first book in the series, ‘The […]

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Illustrators # 20 (magazine review).

November 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Illustrators # 20 (magazine review).

This issue of ‘Illustrators’ is devoted to Russian artists. As such, we see the work from their homeland which makes an interesting contrast to other material we’ve seen in the past. The opening section is devoted to a group of artists called ‘The Wanderers’ or Iterants who in the mid-19th century, instead of relying on […]

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Figure Drawing (Learning To See book 3) by Peter Jenny (book review).

October 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Figure Drawing (Learning To See book 3) by Peter Jenny (book review).

I’m beginning to think some of the publicists know my tastes better than me sometimes. The inclusion of this tiny book, ‘Figure Drawing (Learning To See book 3)’ by Peter Jenny was because of my interest in promoting creativity. An important asset in our genre that we need to encourage in the next generation or […]

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