I made a goal to read and explore more art books this year. It is June. Oops. Anyway, getting on that goal now and this is the first book I grabbed ouI made a goal to read and explore more art books this year. It is June. Oops. Anyway, getting on that goal now and this is the first book I grabbed out of my bookcase. I bought the book because I like the artist and the artwork within. I work more with graphite, charcoal, and acrylic paint, however, I'm always up for learning and looking at new things. My favorite artwork in this book is on page 65, a woman sitting on a stone wall with butterflies floating overhead.
Chapter 1: The basics. A quick run down of human anatomy. Anyone just learning drawing might desire something more in depth. The experienced artist will find this a nice handy guide and the art collector will learn a little about how an artist works. Other books worth taking a look at: Dynamic Figure Drawing by Burne Hogarth and The Figure by Walt Reed. I'll be writing reviews of these books in future weeks. (btw, it is not necessary to draw boobs as big as a woman's head)
Chapter 2: The interest. We've all seen lovely paintings of women sitting, standing, lounging, or in other positions of rest. Nothing wrong with that. However, sometimes it is nice having something less placid and more dynamic. In this chapter, Mr. Cho shows his process of developing an active scene, starting with a rough drawing and moving along till a final ink work. This chapter is good for inspiring artists to think more about the capabilities of the human body. The beginning artist will want to hunt down images, I enjoy browsing yoga poses as well as women engaged in sports.
Chapter 3: The ink. Mr. Cho's ink drawings remind me of woodcut prints, in this chapter he explains how to use lines to develop depth and contrast. This chapter contains my favorite drawing on page 65. Also, very much like walking through the process of the final work on page 69 of a woman sitting on a plain landscape with the night sky looming.
Chapter 4: The Paint. Touching on the basics of watercolor (light to dark), oil (dark to light) and color theory (warm bodies against cool backgrounds will pop).
Chapter 5: The Ballpoint. Admittedly, not my favorite media for art. The example drawings are lovely, the minimalist explanations are sufficient.
Chapter 6: The Story. My favorite chapter in the book. I have an aspiring author and illustrator in the family and he's giving some thought to graphic novels. Helps that dinosaurs play a predominant part in this chapter.
Summary: This is a great addition to my shelves. Very quick to thumb through and get a sample of the artist's work....more
My particular copy is Thames and Hudson National Gallery of Art, copyright 1995. A wide collection as would be expected from a national gallery. DespiMy particular copy is Thames and Hudson National Gallery of Art, copyright 1995. A wide collection as would be expected from a national gallery. Despite the dark printing for the cover, paintings well represented and nicely done descriptions....more
I can't remember my first introduction to Bach, it must have been in early grade school. I do have a number of memories associated with seeking out hiI can't remember my first introduction to Bach, it must have been in early grade school. I do have a number of memories associated with seeking out his works specifically while digging through my parent's albums of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Haydn, Wagner, Rachmaninoff, and more. Can't say the choral pieces were of much interest, organ is what I wanted (these days I'm as likely to go for cello). Bach remains a favorite.
In the beginning chapters, Mr. Gardiner mentions that not a lot is known about Bach. This had me doing a double-take at the number of pages (~600), especially with the print a bit small. The answer to this mystery comes in the amount of background given, the reader is given a look at how John came to appreciate Bach as well as history of Germany, the schools, and the musical families.
This is a heavily detailed book that doesn't always move quickly....more
Mostly skimmed this book, picked it up at a library sale for the pictures. Will be painting orchids and thought it might be good to get an understandiMostly skimmed this book, picked it up at a library sale for the pictures. Will be painting orchids and thought it might be good to get an understanding of the plant. The photography is lovely and the introduction to the massive variety is handled to my satisfaction.
Bought this at the Dollar Tree, really enjoyed the history and beautiful artwork/photography.
When I was a very little girl, I dreamed of working for NBought this at the Dollar Tree, really enjoyed the history and beautiful artwork/photography.
When I was a very little girl, I dreamed of working for National Geographic or a nature magazine so that I could share beautiful locations with the world. Photography never managed to develop with me and, as it turns out, I'm not a landscape painter. The closest I have is a painting of waves. I do, however, appreciate the Ansel Adams of the world and hope that the national parks will be around for many more generations of photographers.
Bought at the dollar store because I grew up with mountain climbing stories and I'm a big fan of National Geographic. To my knowledge, the climbing doBought at the dollar store because I grew up with mountain climbing stories and I'm a big fan of National Geographic. To my knowledge, the climbing done in my family was strictly done on the US west coast mountains, however, had money and circumstances been different maybe an Everest climb would have been attempted. Not long after I purchased this book, news of the Mallory and Irvine surfaced. Rather than divulge that information here, I'll leave it up to readers to google....more