Drawing from Memory
DRAWING FROM MEMORY is Allen Say's own story of his path to becoming the renowned artist he is today. Shunned by his father, who didn't understand his son's artistic leanings, Allen was embraced b
Allen Say's world doesn't exist anymore. This is the roughest part of getting truly old. The kind of universe where a twelve-year-old boy could be thought capable of living on his own is long gone. The kind of world where the famous cartoonist could be reached by the simple expedient of showing up at his place of work and saying, "I'd like to work for you," well! Need I belabor the point? Say wrote this book in a world that could be on a different planet than the one he grew up ...more
This book is marvelous, resplendent, and really special. I have no adequate words to do it justice.
The last line almost got me crying with emotion but the entire book was superb.
It’s a completely absorbing life story, a wonderful ...more
The thing I liked most about this is how he integrates photographs, his own illustrations in a variety of styles, text, and other people's illustrations. It's not quite a graphic novel (except for maybe one page). It's not quite a picture book. It's almost ...more
While all of his books stem from his lifetime experiences, Drawing from Memory is Say’s first autobiographical work focused on how he became an artist. Born in Yokohama, Japan in 1937, he was taught by his mother to rea ...more
Allen Say uses photographs, cartoons, paintings, and of course, words to illustrate an autobiographical look at his early years as an artist.
When was the last time you met a twelve-year-old who lived on his own in an apartment in a huge city? Probably never, right? Well that was real life for Allen Say.
Say had always known that he loved to draw, even when it was to the detriment of his school work and strongly discouraged by his own father. But when his grandmother told him that he ...more
It is three things:
1) An autobiography of Allen Say's early life, from the age of 4 until he left Japan as a teenager
2) A book about living your dream, no matter how impractical the rest of the world says it is
3) A book about life as an artist, in postwar Japan
The text is relatively brief, interspersed with short graphic segments, drawings and photographs, including work by his mentor Noro Shinpei, a revered cartoonist in Japan in t ...more
Genre: Biography-Graphic Novel
Discussion Questions: Remembering: Who were the main characters? Understanding: Explain why the story has the title it does. Applying: Think about when the main character was offered the option to move into an apartment on his own. What would you have done in that situation? Analyzing: What is the relationship between the main character and his father? How does this relationship evolve over the course of the story? Evaluating: In your opinion w ...more
It's also made me extremely intereste ...more
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Worth saying that my former 12 year old budding artist husband is over the moon about this book.
This is an outstanding book with many details on a Japanese artist's journey through the art world during World War 2. As long as you don't have any trouble following in a pool of memories and details, this is a book for you! Anyone can read this book and have no problem! I finished in a day and I wish I hadn't because it was such an interesting and touching story about a man who dreams big, and achieves greatly!
excerpt: "But I can't draw hands, Sensei, how long do I have to practice ?" I asked.
"Bad word, Kiyoi. Drawing is never a practice.
To draw is to see and discover.
Every time you draw,
you discover something new.
Now I want to read and see more by Say.
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