Well, let’s face it, every book I buy is related to creative pursuit.
Having just sprained my ankle I wanted to fill a few gaps in my book collection so I could putter at something where I could sit and not stand or get up and down like I have to do when sewing.
I really love James Gurney’s book Imaginative Realism which I bought recently so I decided to get his other book Color and Light even though it is very advanced for me. I have trouble with light in drawing, so anything to awaken my awareness of that is good. I also thought he could get me using some more unusual colour triads and such, and give myself a stretch that way.
Continuing on my map-making journey I decided I wanted a book that showed maps that people actually drew rather than mixed media or computer-generated maps, so I liked the sound of this one which describes in full-colour 200 maps from the Library of Congress in the States that were influential. It is called Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations by Vincent Virga.
I do have some Knowledge Cards with photographs of insects but I liked the sound of this book because it has some exotic species from Central and South America: 500 Insects: A Visual Reference by Stephen Marshall.
Here is an example of one of the page spreads. The photographs look fabulous as a visual reference for drawing.
Curry’s here in Ontario finally has the Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbooks in stock. I was advised to phone a store and reserve one, which I did two weeks ago and they still haven’t phoned me to say it’s ready to pick up. Sigh. It’s on their web inventory, so it looks like I will have to call yet again. This has been the hardest art material to buy. I’ve been at it since May, phoning and e-mailing Curry’s and Stillman and Birn, desperately trying to buy one.
Coming up: maps and birds and insects and things in the Zeta sketchbook if it ever happens to get here.