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It's Great to Create: 101 Fun Creative Exercises for Everyone (Colouring Books) Paperback – 1 Aug 2017
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"Jon Burgerman believes art can happen anywhere, at anytime, using anything, a concept he shares in the book It's Great to Create." --The New York Times
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Jon Burgerman is a purveyor of doodles. He is often credited as the leading figure in the popular "Doodle" art style, and his work oscillates somewhere between fine art, urban art, and pop-culture. His oeuvre includes many international brand collaborations, exhibitions, and events around the world. Burgerman moved to New York from the United Kingdom in 2010. He now regularly performs at events, conferences, and universities around the world, delivering keynote lectures and running creative workshops.See all Product description
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That being said, I think the best format for any visual books is in paperback/hardback/physical form as there is something a lot more enjoyable about getting your own pen marks all over a book that is teaching you how to create with pens – which is encouraged in the sleeves of the book. To hold it’s also wonderful quality, so you’re really getting your monies worth when you buy a physical copy.
To sum up this book in a single word. Fun. It is packed full of ideas and games to play while you create your own doodles. It’s not a guidebook per-say, it’s a book that shows you that art doesn’t have to be high brow paintings and overloaded meanings. It eases the reader into believing that they can draw (Which I highly believe that anyone can) and embrace creativity into their lives in such simple and fun ways. Honestly, anyone can do the ‘tasks’ in this book – which is actually a great selling point. This book is for everyone; almost. I think with adult supervision most children will enjoy the tasks too, though you might want to gloss over the nudles (nude doodles)
My favourite part of the book though is the manner in which Jon Burgerman talks – this book just oozes personality and it feels like there is this quirky cheerleader behind you reminding you to keep it all fun and care-free.
There are a couple of ideas that are a bit far fetched and could land the artist in trouble though; like doing a large painting outside somewhere – I’d be a bit cautious of being arrested for criminal damage if you’re caught doodling without permission!
It’s not all fun and games though – at the back of the book there is a very handy section called “Resources.” Telling you all about the different sorts of materials and mediums that the author recommends, from paper to pens to paint and brushes. It’s written in the wonderfully casual way that you’d expect from Jon Burgerman at this point, but that doesn’t make it any less valuable.
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