Animal Essence: the art of Joe Weatherly

March 22, 2011Book Review

A few years ago, I think it was when I was working on a book about elephants, I realized that I actually didn’t really know how to draw animals. Sure, I can copy from photos, but I didn’ t understand the underlying anatomy of what I was drawing. Imagine my surprise when I found out … Read More

The Hallowed Seam

March 15, 2011Book Review

James Jean is an illustrator, most famous for his work on Fables. Since I rarely read American comics, I actually learned about him through one of my teachers at SVA, Stephen Gaffney, who teaches figure drawing. Interestingly, James Jean’s figure drawings do remind me of Stephen Gaffney’s figure drawings, but I digress… This book (248 … Read More

The drawings of Heinrich Kley

March 9, 2011Book Review

This is a big book, 128 pages full of sketches from this relatively obscure but talented artist. Heinrich Kley was a mostly a commercial artist, which explains why he’s not as well-known as Van Gogh (for example). The drawings in this book are mostly political cartoons he drew for a German newspaper. All of the … Read More

Sargent Portrait Drawings: 42 Works

March 2, 2011Book Review

Although I don’t really do portraiture or work in charcoal, the artwork in this book is amazing. There are artists who are good, and then there are artists who are really good. John Singer Sargent is definitely an artist above all others. Looking at all his portraits, you get an idea of the character the … Read More

Schiele Drawings: 44 works

February 22, 2011Book Review

Another cool book from Dover! This is a collection of sketches/ drawings by Egon Schiele. Schiele is a comtemporary of the artist Klimt, and they were both part of the Vienna Secessionist movement. The Vienna Secessionist movement is, superficially, very similar to art nouveau, but uses a bit less embellishments. Klimt is known for paintings … Read More

“Drawings of Mucha” book review

January 17, 2011Book Review

I’ll be reviewing the book “Drawings of Mucha: 70 works by Alphone Maria Mucha, including 9 in full color” from Dover Publications. It’s a bit tricky to review a book containing mostly art..especially when the book title gives it away. Either you like the drawings, or you don’t and that’s that. You can’t really argue … Read More

“Your creative license” review

January 10, 2011Book Review

Still don’t have a scanner this week, so I can’t upload some new sketches I did. Here’s a book review instead (my first)! Your creative license by Danny Gregory Interestingly, this is categorized as a self-help book. If you’re the type of person with a strict daily routine, and never do anything remotely artistic, then … Read More