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A Sketchy Past: The Art of Peter de Sève

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In this exquisite monograph, world-renowned illustrator and character designer Peter de Sve shows his favorite published and unpublished works. Inventive, eccentric, and often irreverent, they represent a lifetime of drawing . . . a very sketchy past. The imagery that springs from his pen marries colorful personalities with expert storytelling, and wild flights of ...more
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Editions Akileos (first published January 1st 2009)
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Parka
Dec 04, 2012 Parka rated it it was amazing

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A hare is praying. Behind it, a wide grinning nun closes in with a chopper in hand.

That's the description of an illustration "Hare Mary" published in The New York Times Magazine, one of the many publications to be graced by Peter de Seve's wonderful and humorous art work. Peter de Seve likes to use fairy tales or animals as metaphorical devices enliven otherwise dry material. Not only are the drawings good, the ideas are also fantastics, which is why his work is
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Bob Fingerman
Mar 21, 2010 Bob Fingerman rated it it was amazing
Peter de Sève is one of my absolute favorite contemporary illustrators. Oh hell, why limit it to contemporary? He's one of my favorite illustrators, period. And this book is the indefensible, essential collection of his work I have nee waiting for. His sketchbook, published a few years ago, was but a sweet tease into his inner workings, but this thick volume fairly drips with finished work (and more sketches) and shows both his process and the final results in beautiful full-color. He is a ...more
Steve
Apr 02, 2015 Steve rated it liked it
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A fantastic collection of drawings from a talented New York artist. I love this style, and a lot of the pieces are extremely funny. There's a lot of work here that was previously presented in the New Yorker magazine. Highly recommended.
Asna
Aug 15, 2013 Asna rated it really liked it
great book, great art, is great. This book is heavy and full of awesomeness, especially now that I know the artist is color blind. and the writings really convey the artist's personality in accordance to his arts. And of course, great reference for watercolor user too.
Danreader
Apr 15, 2014 Danreader rated it really liked it
One of my favorite new yorker illustrator. He showed the creative process in the book by comparing the draft and the finished work.
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