8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Must-have book for any artist,
By A Customer
This review is from: Noah's Ark (Hardcover)
This is a great book. Don't think it's a coffee-table book, because it's much more. For a scientific illustrator or nature sketching artist, that's a must-have.
Rien Poortvliet is a genius, and his famous Gnomes are nothing compared to Noah's Ark. He shows us what a true artist can do both with delicate sketches, rough pencils, oil painting, watercolour and ink; on canvas, paper, even his cupboard doors. This is a painting and sketch book from a master and somebody that really is in love with drawing and animal-watching.
Anyone that enjoys painting or drawing should avoid the books that show "so-and-so steps for painting birds or whatever" and buy this piece of art instead. You can take far more lessons looking at Rien P's charcoal drawings of gorillas than in typical art books for beginners.
Two things: the book is HUGE. And it hasn't got lots of text, it's all about drawing and telling a simple story through art.
It's a pity he's not more well-known. A very special book, worth every penny.