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

Wake up! With Type in the Morning

Here is a great book that I would like to recommend to students and professionals alike. This book has a simple format of just showing words and the action that they suggest. It is a lovely book that can help us see how to use type in fun and interesting ways. This book is written by Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar.

The first time I heard of this book was this past November. I was really interested in finding the book, but at the time I was really busy with school finals and everything an art student goes by. I finally picked it up at the beginning of school and was surprised at the size of this book.

Initially, I thought that this book was going to be a medium sized book and it turned out to be really small, yet informative. Originally, this book was placed in a magazine called Typographica, a British magazine back in 1962. The experiments that were done in this book were only inserts at the time. The Design community at the time were intrigued by the use of letters and images. Presently, you can see the influence in some form or fashion in many designs.

As an art student, it really doesn't matter what you are studying, this book will provoke some new ideas to flow into your brain and on to your designs. I hope that some of you will pick this book up. It's a pleasant smell of design air.