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    Nov 2014

    Book Review ~ Sketching from the Imagination: Fantasy

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    Editors Note:

    In Sketching from the Imagination: Fantasy, 50 talented traditional and digital artists have been chosen to share their sketchbook works. Ranging from Hollywood film concept designers to talented students, each artist is handpicked from a vibrant international online art community. From doodles and sketches of creative creatures to fully rendered drawings of invented worlds, this book explores how 50 artists develop their ideas to create incredible images.

    The Book Review:

    A follow up to Sketching from the Imagination, Sketching from the Imagination: Fantasy is a chunky square size paperback that showcases a plethora of illustrators. Many of whom I was being introduced to for the first time. Like many artist, I love flicking through other people’s sketchbooks. There is an element of freedom and expression in an artist sketchbook that rarely translate into their commercial work which make them so captivating.

    Sketching from the Imagination: Fantasy has around 6 pages per illustrator and cherry picks drawings from each of their sketchbooks. In this regard it does not quite feel like thumbing through their personal sketchbook pages, warts and all. It is more flaunting how beautiful and creative a sketch can be. Each illustrator has a short description about themselves and their work. They also talk about their inspirations, techniques and materials. I particularly enjoyed reading the variety of materials the illustrators use, which it should satisfy any of us with a stationery fetish. Interestingly, and perhaps slightly fruitless, a large amount of the features claim to use only a HB pencil.

    As mentioned in the editor’s note, there are 50 feature illustrators, all unique in style. There were a few illustrators whom I feel are of particular note, such as Wylie Beckert, George Guo, Paul Sullivan, and Sean Andrew Murray.As well as Adonna Khare and Jim Pavelec who show off some marvellous fully rendered work that can quite easily be the finished article.

    Overall Sketching from the Imagination: Fantasy is enjoyable to flick through introducing a host of artist whose styles should satisfies all tastes. I found it especially useful reading the insight from the individual illustrators. The vital upshot that comes from reading the book is it raising the bar of your own sketchbook, with many of the illustrators setting a rather high benchmark to follow.

    Sketching from the Imagination: Fantasy
    3DTotal Publishing
    Paperback
    320 pages
    25 x 216 x 235mm
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    Nov 2014

    Noma Bar

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    Illustrator and designer Noma Bar’s work has placed him in high demand. His client list is longer than my Amazon wishlist with the likes of The New Yorker, The Guardian, Random House, The Economist and Wallpaper* making repeat appearances.

    Born 1973 in Israel Mr Bar graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Art& Design before moving to London in 2001. Throughout his career Mr Bar has pushed and stretched the boundaries of negative space. Crafting hidden meaning with juxtaposing elements his images demand you always look twice. His thoughtful illustrations have earned him multiple awards, not least the prestigious D&AD Yellow Pencil award in 2012. Mr Bar also released two books titled Guess Who?: The Many Faces of Noma Bar and Negative Space, both of which received high acclaim.

    You can find out more about Noma Bar via his angent’s website, Dutch Uncle. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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    Nov 2014

    Jakub Rebelka

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    Jakub Rebelka is a Polish freelance illustrator and comic creator. Born 1981 into a family of artist, when Mr Rebelka was 15 years old, he received the Junior Grand Prix at the Polish International Comic Festival. In 2002 publishers Kultura Gniewu released his first comic book, Doctor Bryan, to positive reviews.

    Well known in Poland for his distinctive style, Mr Rebelka has painted many public murals in Gdansk, Sopot, Warsaw and Bremen. He also provided background and character design, as well as illustrations for the animated cutscenes for the acclaimed video game The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (2011). Mr Rebelka is currently working alongside writer Yohan Radomski on a graphic novel called City of Dogs.

    You can find more of Jakub Rebelka’s striking and offbeat illustrations on his tumblr.

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    Nov 2014

    Rufus Dayglo

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    The weekend just gone, Leeds hosted the 2014 Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival. Myself and my fellow loungers took a trip there on Sunday and had such a good time meeting artist and watching them draw. All the artist we meet were incredibly nice and down to earth. So when I single out Rufus Dayglo as a particularly nice chap, it really says a lot.

    Mr Dayglo is best know for his work on the relaunched Tank Girl series, with the original writer Alan Martin. He has worked with publisher DC Vertigo, 2000ad, IDW on titles including The Unwritten, Judge Dredd and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty respectively. Mr Dayglo more recently has teamed up with Sofie Dodgson for a creator owned project titled Solid Gold Death Mask. Once complete it will be collected and released by Ashley Wood’s 3A Publishing.

    As well as his website, you can find Rufus Dayglo on deviantArt, twitter and tumblr.

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    Nov 2014

    Andrew Davidson

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    English illustrator and designer Andrew Davidson graduated from the Royal College of Art in London. Known for his traditional wood engraving and wood cuts, Mr Davidson also paints more graphic artwork using gauche and wood blocks. All of his traditional work is printed using a 1859 Albion hand press.

    I noticed his work at the AOI Illustration Awards 2014. On display were his hand engraved Harry Potter illustrations. They were fantastic, the details and textures had me staring with my nose practically pressed against the glass. I was excited to see the application of the illustrations but after I found them online, I was sorely disappointed. Resisting the urge to berate someone’s work, I will let you take a look for yourself and make your own opinions.

    Mr Davidson’s skill of traditional printing methods has kept him in high demand. His client list include HarperCollins, Penguin Books, Rolex, HRH Prince of Wales Duchy Originals. He has also created postage stamps for Royal Mail, and designs for the glass doors at Wimbledon’s Centre Court.

    See more of Andrew Davidson’s work on his website.

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