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LA/SF: A Sketchbook from California HC [Hardcover]

Christian Schellawald
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Book Description

24 Oct 2012
From the creative director of Over the Hedge and Shrek 2! Art Director Schellewald has taken time away from the world of entertainment design to create vignettes that capture his everyday observations of living in California, specifically Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Design Studio Press; 1 edition (24 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933492104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933492100
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 20 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,321,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bordering on abstract and being too personal 13 Feb 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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Christian Schellewald is an art director. Some of the movies he worked on includes Over The Hedge and Shrek 2. He currently works for Dreamworks SKG.

This is his personal sketchbook with drawings of Los Angeles and San Franciso. The style is very loose and medium varied. It is perhaps a little bit too loose, which I think pushes some pieces over to being almost abstract. The ones I like best are those that I can see clearly what he's drawing.

Most are captioned only with locations and nothing else. This sketchbook is perhaps a little too personal. Art is also about showing people what to see.

The book itself is clothed hardcover, so it might attract dirt if not probably taken care of.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful art book 10 Feb 2011
Format:Hardcover
totally understated and underrated book, well worth a look in my view. Brimming with ideas and creativity, if you are into this kind of stuff any way, you'll know your concept art and buy this any way, if you, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing and personal sketchbook 28 Jun 2010
By David
Format:Hardcover
Quite how you can fault a sketchbook on the basis of being too personal seems a little strange, as the previous reviewer has stated. This book is fantastic, and shows Christian's way of visualising the surroundings he sees to and from work, on his travels in a way that is refreshing and new. There are plenty of pages showing clearly views from cafe windows, airport waiting rooms etc, there are also many beautiful pieces translating the light in various stages of day and night. The abstract pieces are beautiful examples of an alternate way to see such simple things as groupings of lights in a harbour; the list goes on.

You should buy this for a new way of looking about when you're looking to sketch and find yourself drawing the same old things. This shows you there are always new and subtle ways to view the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sketch book 21 Jun 2006
By Jose L. De Juan - Published on Amazon.com
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In the flood of published sketch and artists books, this one stands as a real valuable and personal contribution. The artwork is loose, atmospheric and truthful in its portrayal of the real world, not the artificially contrived and prettyfied world of other so-called artists. Christian's artwork in the film production of "The Road to EL Dorado" or "Over the Hedge" is fantastic. Here we have a much looser version of the artist at work.

It is what is missing that forces me to take one star of the review. It doesn't explain the circumstances and media in which this sketches were made. The notes in each sketch are great to convey the sense of a diary but techniques and media are a mistery and for those who would like to learn something about the making of the artwork, there is not even a footnote. I think a technical prologue or epilogue would have rounded up a great book.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bordering on abstract and being too personal 14 Dec 2008
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Christian Schellewald is an art director. Some of the movies he worked on includes Over The Hedge and Shrek 2. He currently works for Dreamworks SKG.

This is his personal sketchbook with drawings of Los Angeles and San Franciso. The style is very loose and medium varied. It is perhaps a little bit too loose, which I think pushes some pieces over to being almost abstract. The ones I like best are those that I can see clearly what he's drawing.

Most are captioned only with locations and nothing else. This sketchbook is perhaps a little too personal. Art is also about showing people what to see.

The book itself is clothed hardcover, so it might attract dirt if not probably taken care of.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant artistic exegesis 22 Dec 2012
By Chris Gargan - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the best art books I've purchased this year! Schellwald is a great pictorial designer, echoing a little Arthur Dove and the NoTan, a little Wayne Thiebaud, a smattering of Russell Chatham, and a healthy dose of Whistler nocturnes coalescing into a beautiful and personal amalgamation of subject, light, and obsession. This is what all sketchbooks aspire to be. Lovely, and an incredible bargain. Six stars.
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