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Book Review: Foundations Of Drawing

Art books are a dime a dozen and it is hard to find a stand out volume covering history, tools, techniques and/or styles. Unfortunately, Foundations of Drawing by Al Gury is no exception. While it does offer very brief chapters on a wide variety of drawing topics, it is not much more than an introductory book to a lot of different concepts and ideas. Worth flipping through but not for the serious artist.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Book Review: Manga Art By Mark Crilley

I have to be honest, when Manga Art by Mark Crilley shipped to me I half expected to receive a dud based on the description and cover art. Well, let me tell you, never judge a book by it’s cover. Once you get past the cliche first impression and into the following pages, prepare to be amazed, impressed and inspired. Manga taking it’s cue from classic pulp fiction art, realistic looking manga, and my personal favorite (page 113), a manga version of the Statue Of Liberty. Beautiful. Mark Crilley is a genius.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans: “I Am Disappointed Right Now In Our Community”

At the July 7th, Special Flagstaff City Council Meeting, Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans told the crowd that she was “disappointed right now in our community” because the community showed up to oppose development of City owned affordable housing on the iconic Schultz Meadow. You can watch the entire statement here:

Book Review: Colored Pencil Painting Portraits by Alyona Nickelsen

Every once in a while an art instruction book comes along that impresses me to no end while inspiring me to be creative and scaring me because the challenge is so big. Colored Pencil Painting Portraits by Alyona Nickelsen is one of those books.

Just looking at the cover, you can tell that this title is geared toward the experienced artist. The meticulous attention to detail and realistic shading and color are breathtaking. Every page is a amazing.

There is a lot of wonderful information inside these pages for the professional artist. Beginners may want to find something a little more basic.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

 

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Book Review: How Music Works by David Byrne

David Byrne (Talking Heads) is one of the most prolific genre bending artists in pop music and when he speaks on the subject, you can bet he knows what he is talking about. The re-release of his masterpiece How Music Works includes a new chapter on Digital Curation. This is one part autobiography, one part history and one part rock & roll. A must read for anybody interested in the music business.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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OPINION: Please Stop! An Open Letter To Council

Mayor Evans and Council Members,

It is with a heavy heart I find myself “penning” this letter to you this morning. I hate to gripe. I hate to complain. In fact, before the recent election, I never really did. It creates stress, can lead to premature aging, and can cause a whole host of health problems. However, the propositions and decisions made by yourselves are causing much stress to not only myself, but many, many other citizens in our city.

Last night’s council meeting was just the latest in a long line of utter mockery of our town. Allowing sign to be placed anywhere and everywhere? City ID cards? Smoking bans? Good grief! This mayor and council are passing laws left and right with absolutely no regard for what is good, or right, for our city!

First… the sign code. I know last year, the Supreme Court ruled that it was all or nothing in regards to placing signs in public right of way around cities. The previous mayor and council voted to have nothing, which helps keep our city looking clean and inviting. Why you all chose to reverse that and allow everything, effectively opening the flood gates for posting signs anywhere on public property and creating eye sores and an outright danger to drivers, is beyond me!

Second… City ID cards. I’m sorry, but pushing these to allow ILLEGAL immigrants to “come out of the shadows” is positively ludicrous. Illegal is illegal. Period. If i break the law, I get punished. I know there are those in City Hall who think laws are merely suggestions, but I digress. LEGAL citizens of the United States have drivers licenses, which are more than sufficient to pick up packages at the post office or open bank accounts. A city ID card? Really? Why not order serial numbers tattooed on everyone’s forearms, issue armbands, and pass out bread coupons? Yes, I went there, because THAT is how this mayor and council’s thinking is progressing.

Third… the smoking ban. Let me begin by saying that I find tobacco use utterly repulsive. Never have I tried ANY of it, nor will I . Banning smoking in public parks is a great move, and for that I applaud you! However, the notion that smokeless tobacco should be banned, as well at Eva Putzova’s idea that smoking in private residences (homes) should be banned are hogwash. First, who all does smokeless tobacco harm? The user and the person who happens to be kissing them. That’s about it. Why should this even be a concern to the average person? It’s not harming anyone else, so just leave it alone. Second, Eva Putzova’s notion that the council can dictate what people do in their private homes is nothing short of Nazi. Under NO circumstances can the city tell me, or any homeowner, what they can or cannot do inside their homes. Period. The fact that she even thought this was ok is very, VERY scary. She needs to be impeached for not only this, but attacking speakers for using the word “illegal”. Unprofessional, unethical, and an abomination and embarrassment to the City of Flagstaff.

The behaviors of our elected leaders are making Flagstaff the laughing stock of Arizona. It seems to me, and countless others, you all have forgotten that you are REPRESENTATIVES and not LEADERS. You were put in your respective offices by the People to do the will of the People and NOT whatever you want. With that said, I’m asking… begging you to please, PLEASE STOP! Our city is suffering greatly already, and your actions are only causing more.

Thank you for your time.

Brian

Book Review: Yellow Owl Workshop’s Make It Yours

Yellow Owl Workshop’s Make It Yours: Patterns And Inspiration To Stamp, Stencil, And Customize Your Stuff by Christine Schmidt is guaranteed to bring out your inner artist, hippy, grandma or crafty side. Looking for ideas to take ordinary objects and items and give them a facelift? Look no further. If you wear it, hang it or gift it, your inspiration awaits within these pages. A very fun book at an affordable price.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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