Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sketch! France Belleville-Van Stone

Get your drawing choice drawing pad, select your favorite drawing implement, and get cozy with this inspirational drawing diary of sorts. Go on a journey with an untrained artist, as she sketches her way into the category of accomplished artist. Learn how she began, what tools she uses, how to go digital and finding the time to draw. Flip through these pages and feel as if you are sitting down with the artist having an exclusive conversation. Get a peek at her sketches, the finished and left un-done. You'll even go on an alphabetical adventure of inspired ideas for your next sketch. So sit down, and sketch! Very enjoyable book! I was pleased right away by the publishing of this book. The pages are supple, but pliable at the same time. The creative cut and layout are very esthetically pleasing. And the book it's self is a fun quick read. I wouldn't recommend this as a guide or how-to type book. But more of an artists journey and discoveries as she learned to draw. But I would recommend it as inspirational.just seeing her start to finish, and utilizing a lot of her great and simple tips. Fun book for any sketchers collection.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Daily Painting - Carol Marine

Get your brush ready, because you won't be able to put it down after reading this book, Here, nestled in between gorgeous pieces of art, you will find just about everything you will need to get on the 'daily painting' path. From supplies, to proportions, to application and color theory, it will be Impossible you don't learn something new. You wil find ways to beat artists block, how to get re-inspired and where to sell your lovely creations, for a profit! You will also meet other artists, see their work, and hear a bit of their story. So be prepared to be inspired and get creating! Really great book. I think I was only expecting a painting book to help me improve my skills . I wasn't aware I'd learn so much about where to sell my art, or that daily painting was actually a specific technique/movement being taught. I think she's dead on with this idea though. Staying immersed in your art not only helps you improve as she states, but keeps you inspired at what you are most passionate about. I look forward to shopping for supplies off her lists, and using her advice on getting my art out there, to see if I too can start profiting from my work. I loved all her color theory and detailed tips and tricks. (And she lives in my home town to boot). I would definitely recommend this to any aspiring or uninspired artist. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The First Christmas Ever

Gear up for Christmas with these wonderful illustrations, as you listen to the wonderful story of Jesus birth! I love this story of course. But I wasn't a huge fan of this book. I think the illustrations are really cute. But the story is lacking somewhat in it's presentation, and some of the facts aren't exactly right. The book also feels like the same quality as cheap little school books. But overall, it's sure to a fun book to add to your children's Christmas collection. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.