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2.0 out of 5 stars Review, 26 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: Extraordinary Sketchbooks: Inspiring Examples from Artists, Designers, Students and Enthusiasts (Paperback)
This book in my opinion fails miserably to live up to it's name. Yet again a book published to inspire, fails to do so. This book follows the same trends seen in mainstream UK art education, with lots of cutting out and pasting, and plastering paint on in large blobs and then called 'self expression!'. There are one or two talented observational artists work in this book and that is why I gave it two stars, but on the whole nothing to make me want to rush out and start putting pen or pencil to paper.

If you are looking for a really good book on sketchbooks and want to be inspired then check out Danny Gregory's 'An illustrated life', which is bursting with inspirational drawings and insightful information direct from each featured artist, and is a book I never tire of. Another book worthy of a mention is 'Sketchbook Confidential', edited by Pamela Wissman & Stefanie Laufersweiler, both books are of course from the US, where artistic ability is still viewed as a skill that takes time and application rather than a quick fix approach.
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Initial post: 20 May 2012 17:30:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 May 2012 17:31:56 BDT
Peasant says:
This is a very interesting review which adds balance. By saying clearly what you don't like about the book, you help others make up their minds; as an artist who often gets too bogged down in representational drawing, detail and accurate draughtsmanship I am given the chance to consider whether what you dislike would actually be just right for me. Suggesting alternative books which you prefer is also extremely helpful and something I wish more critical reviewers would do. Thank you. Oddly enough, this review made me more inclined to buy the book than all the gushing 5-star ones. I do however wish more publishers would sign up to "Look Inside", which is usually the feature which enables one to buy with confidence. Perhaps I'll just order it from the library?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2012 12:56:59 BDT
Carmen says:
I have to agree with Peasant. A recent negative review on a different book convinced me it was one I wanted to try and I'm glad I did. This is a great review - thanks for your explanation and alternatives rather than just 'this isn't art, it's just rubbish' which winds me up something silly when I see that on other book reviews.
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