Monday, April 09, 2007
The diet has come to a temporary halt and this bunny made a brave sacrifice. Actually, only a third of it has been eaten so far - there is a surprising amount of chocolate in those ears! I stocked up on some bunnies a couple of weeks ago and unlike real bunnies that multiply like mad, the chocolate ones kept disappearing...
I have millions of quilt books since I took up quilting a few years ago but surprisingly few art books. So last week I treated myself to three books and they are all wonderful - London Sketchbook by Graham Byfield, Venice Sketchbook by Fabrice Moireau and Faeries by Brian Froud and Alan Lee. I've written more about the latter on my other blog but it was perhaps the first really inspiring art book I've read. I've been meaning to buy it since about 1979 (procrastination is my middle name!) so I'm really delighted to finally have it. It was somewhat of a surprise therefore to realise that Brian Froud wasn't the only illustrator. After all these years, I realise that Alan Lee's work has been just as much an inspiration. So I don't know who to credit this copy of one of the sketches to but I suspect it was drawn originally by Alan Lee. I copied it to get a feel of the strokes and how the drawings are done - copying other people's work is not generally my thing but it was quite interesting to analyse.
The London Sketchbook was even better than anticipated. It's an instant favourite. The scenes around London are wonderful as that is where I call home but the illustrations are mind blowing! I want to know how can someone draw such detail, in perfect perspective and in plein air!There must be nearly 200 paintings - how long did it take to complete the book? How long did each painting take? Did he attract crowds? I'm sure there must be a story to tell behind the making of this beautiful book.