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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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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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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Book Review: The Apache Wars by Paul Andrew Hutton

As a big fan of historical work focused on the Southwest during this era, I highly anticipated spending some time with Apache Wars by Paul Andrew Hutton. I was not disappointed. Well researched and full of newly uncovered information on events and characters critical to the Apache wars, I was hooked from page one. This is by far the best book in recent years covering Southwestern American history. 5 Stars.

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

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Book Review: Wellth by Jason Wachob

The cleverly titled Wellth by Jason Wachob looks past the author’s troubles and tribulations of being a millionaire and tries to focus on what he considers to be true wellth…going beyond money and material things. Sadly, it is disjointed and painful to read.

While this book does have some interesting insights sprinkled throughout, all too often it gets bogged down in self indulgent stories and pretentiousness. One is left wondering if this a self-help book or an autobiography? I’m still not sure.

Some gems do exist but you have to sift through a lot of sediment to get to them. I did not feel very “well” after reading this.

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

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