This month’s book recommendation, Wreck This Journal, is less of a book and more of a blank journal/activity book. Creator Keri Smith’s concept is quite unique — each page tells you to do something specific, like “Burn this page”, “Draw with your left hand”, or “Poke holes here.” The book encourages you to deface it in many strange and wonderful ways, sparking your creative process along the way.
So, instead of putting your cash down on a dreadfully expensive, hardbound treasure that you’re afraid to make the slightest mark in, give this sketchbook a spin. Do your best to destroy it — and create something beautiful.
On June 29th, Pixar will release its latest motion picture, Ratatouille. Tons of promotional material are being put out as a result. This book, called Too Many Cooks, especially caught my eye.
I am a children’s illustrator, so children’s books always draw my attention. Plus I’m a big animation fan. Unfortunately, most books and promotional material that come out for animated movies are often less-than-stellar and feature mediocre illustration. Much to my delight, the makers behind Ratatouille seem to be taking a bit more care in this regard.
Too Many Cooks is a children’s counting book and is illustrated by Nate Wragg, who works as an artist for Pixar. I am a big fan of his work. Nate recently put out another book along with some fellow Pixar artists called The Ancient Book Of Myth And War. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I would suggest that you do. I recently bought myself a copy and can tell you personally that it is a great art book.
If its advertisements, art, and studio’s past success are any indication, Ratatouille is set to be a great movie. You can be sure that I will be in a theater somewhere on opening day later this month.
Crumble, Crackle, Burn by Von Glitschka is set to be released later this month. I am so looking forward to getting my hands on this book. I love the idea behind it…Von has put together a team of artists and given them each a different texture. Each “spread” in the book features a picture of the texture, and the illustration that utilizes it. As a bonus, the book will also come with a DVD of the texture files in high resolution so you can use them in your own work.
Recently, Von featured some sample spreads on his blog, which has got me even more excited. So, mark your calendars for May 16, or go ahead and pre-order it on Amazon.com.
To feed your appetite until then, here are some great texture links for you:
Update: Von has emailed me to let me know that those who purchase the book and email him a copy of the receipt can also receive a DVD with 30 additional textures! Also, keep an eye on texturebook.com, which will soon have more information about the book.
What kinds of resources are your fellow DaniDraws.com readers using? Well, thanks to my Amazon Associates account, I have a little bit of a clue. Through Amazon Associates, when anyone clicks on one of the Amazon.com links on my site and buys a product, I receive a commission. I receive a report every month, part of which includes which products were bought.
Sure, this list includes some random things like music CD’s and novels, but because of the nature of this site, many of my readers are buying some pretty interesting art books. Some of these items I have never heard of, but upon looking at their description seem really interesting. So, don’t take my word for it — take a clue from your friends and peers…