Monday, May 14, 2012

Taking a break... Summer is here!

As many of you all know, Summer break is here. I'm back home in Carmi, IL, and I'll be working on a new blog that actually has artwork on it. Hopefully when I get back to CCAD, I'll be able to starting this blog right up again. So here's to a great summer break! (And a busy one at that).

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Merging the Old Beast and New Beauty

book cover!

 What could I say about this new book that I have recently received from our library? One word. Stunning.
The power and authority this book has is remarkable. It starts out with Ben Levitz, Principal at Studio Fire, and how he mentions about going through art school and how he was able to learn many skills and what not, but how he was starting to long the act of physically making things with his hands (this was because he had been doing so much computer work).

He decided that he wanted to buy a print press, he placed it in the basement of his house. This was the beginning of what later became the fruit of Studio on Fire. Studio on Fire is based in Minneapolis, MN.

As you can see, this book is starting to make a connection between two different, but not totally unrelated fields: Printmaking and Graphic Design. In the more recent years, as many people know, the fields of art are not as simple and straight forward as they used to be back in earlier years. Now there is a beginning to see new fronts pushed and merged into making a new creation. 

This book is perfect for those that are immersed in the study of graphic design. It shows how people have the option (and ability) of moving from the computer screen to the print press.  The book contains a vast array of work that the print studio has done over the years and the names of clients also.

As you can see by the examples, there are plenty of different ways that one could use the merging of two practices. To me, this book is a catalyst for wanting to take practices and techniques from their sphere of origin, and observe what happens when taken out of the usual niche that it is placed in.

This can be thought of for any field of study. That's where we come in with our creative minds to make the new things and help mold the world of art into a new form.

Enjoy checking this book out! It's really more of a image based book than actual writing which is perfectly alright with me. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Skeletons!!! yikes!!!

Hello again! just wanted to update you guys on a book that I came upon last week. For those of you that are into studying the structure of the skeleton, this is the book for you.

It's called, "Skeletons" it's published by The Pepin Press. This book contains plenty of Illustrations of the skeletal structure of the human figure, dogs, pigs, rhinos and plenty of other animals that you may not have heard of.

This is a great book for those needing to study the skeletons of different animals or for those that simply want to learn about how the structures work within animals. As I looked in this book, I couldn't believe the amount of illustrations that are being presented. They show detailed versions of the skull, vertebrae, ribs, pelvis, femurs, etc.

Not only can you learn about new animals, but also you start to see some similarities about what changes from animal to animal. Another great tool that this book features is the Free CD-Rom that is formatted for both MAC and Windows. You  can choose to save 1200dpi tiff or 300dpi jpeg versions of the each individual illustration that is in the book.

This can be such a helpful tool, especially if you don't have the book, just get it from the library and borrow it.
Take the images that you want to do copy studies, and then see how your knowledge about the skeletal structure will be expanded. If you don't like some of the animals, then that's fine, at least like the Illustrations.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sketchbook Extravaganza

I want to tell you guys about the art of Sketchbooking and what it means to different people. A great book that could inform oneself of what others are thinking when they sketch is a book called: An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory. 
This book is a phenomenal resource to see how different artists are affected by their own sketchbooks. For some of them they mention the different processes of what they do in their books, inspirations, how they use it and even what it means to them.

There was one entry that I read that was talking about how their sketchbook was a place of therapy for them. They felt as though without their books they were no one. They were naked and barren. There are even entries of what specific books the artists buy. Some prefer cheap-o paper where as other like the feel of a thicker paper. They mention that with cheaper paper quality, their mind makes them feel more at ease and care-free about making a finished sketch. Personally, I found this to be quite true. Because when you do have more expensive paper, you feel as though you are obligated to make a good finished sketch on that piece of paper.

Think of it this way, the cheap paper is like going on a casual date, where as the expensive paper is more of going out to a fancy restaurant and investing more time. The use of certain materials is also another factor that they point out. I can recall from one entry there was an artist that said they prefer sketching on cheap paper and using a ball point pen. If you think about those materials, they are extremely cheap and are so easy to find. It also reinforces even more the idea of being care-free.

Not only do the artists tell you about the materials and what types of sketchbooks they buy, but something else that you find in the book is that there are a few artists that actually make their books. They get into bookbinding and figuring out what type of paper they are most happy with. Sometimes according to them the paper that store sketchbooks provide are just unsatisfactory for the artists, so they compose their own books and buy the paper that they want to use.

Even after all of the great advice that you can take from them, you also get the opportunity to check out pictures of their own personal sketchbooks. There are a wide variety of techniques that no matter what type of artist you are you will find someone that appeals to you.

I personally highly recommend this book if you are specifically an illustrator, but if you are any artist join in the fun.

So many great things to learn so little time!!!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Thinking with Type

This book is about a little thing called typography. I first became aware of this book when I was still at my back at my community college (SIC represent!), it was my textbook for my typography I class. Mr. Webb, wanted us to buy this book and learn what it means to know about type.

Also, how rude of me to not introduce you to what typography even means.
Typography is the study of well letters: how they function, are used, made, etc.

During that class, it seemed very strange to think of type as a way to show art. I, just like everyone else that grew up in Southern Illinois, had only had the interaction with type whenever I would read and write. Little did I know that those letters I had taken for granted would later jump me levels further into becoming an artist.

Now, anytime that I have a project that involves type and I'm over-thinking or having too much trouble with it, I always go to this book. It reminds me of when to keep it simple and when to go outside of the box. Typography expert or beginner, this book should be in every artist's hands, especially if you enjoy design.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Revelations of Art with Robert Henri

Robert Henri was a man that helped revolutionize art here in American. Mostly known for his involvement with the Ashcan School, which brought about many new American artists that we know and love. For those of you in Columbus, our very own Columbus Museum of Art has two rooms of space from the time period and influence that Henri lived in. You can check it out for free if you are a CCAD student.

The book that I want to direct on to all of you is called "The Art Spirit". The book is nothing short of amazing when it comes to advice. He writes letters to either students or to groups of people. It doesn't matter which one  it is because he is still giving amazing advice. I held on to this book the entire fall semester. I had a very hard time putting this book down when it was in my possession.

This book is the type that will motivate you to think about how you do art and the way that you involve art in your life. If it was possible, I would have every art student in the world get a copy of this as a requirement to graduate college.

You can get it pretty cheap on amazon, in the case of you not being able to find it at your library.
I'll leave you with a fantastic line from the book, which has actually made me want to improve no matter what my skill level is:

"Some students possess the school they work in. Others are possessed by the school."

Which one are you? How can you change that?
Also, one more thing that you can ponder on is this: 
At the school where you are at, who possesses the school?  
Maybe you can find out why people love their work.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The beginning.

My name is Jesus Walle. I am an Illustration Major at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Currently, I'm a junior and I came in as a transfer in the fall semester of 2011. Originally, I'm from Carmi, Illinois (shout out to white county!), and have pretty much grown up there for the majority of my life.

Welcome to the new blog about artbooks. I'm going to be writing about books that I feel are a blessing to anyone who is interested in the arts field. I'm aiming for the blog to be done bi-weekly only for this semester, so get ready to find out about books that I find interesting. Who knows... you might find some of these interesting yourselves. Maybe if the blog keeps getting good, I might have to do it for longer than just the semester.

Have a great day.
-Jesus Walle