Friday, February 28, 2020

Just Draw Fineliner Art Incredible Illustrations Crafted With Fineliner Pens

Just Draw Fineliner Art is an artwork collection and gallery book curated by Liam Carver.
Due out 3rd March 2020 from Quarto on their White Lion imprint, it's 208 pages and will be available in flexibound format.

This is both an inspiration book and (less so) tutorial or instruction book. It covers a very wide range of artistic styles and subjects. The only common theme is the medium used. It includes a helpful picture gallery table of contents as well as an artist index, so readers can concentrate on one artist at a time or the entire smorgasbord of variety which is included.

A short introduction is followed by the gallery of works. Each of the studies has the work on a full page with a *short* info and tips section on the facing page. These explanations include techniques such as providing vertical contrast by leaving parallel lines of negative space between drawn lines to give the impression of height and depth to tree trunks or other vertical subjects. The info pages also include the dimensions (in cm.) of the original work as well as the paper used. 

The gallery is followed by a short fundamental tutorial for fineliner art: choosing tools and materials, getting started, and working digitally. The tutorial chapter segues into a short (but fairly useful) bibliography and links for further reading.

This is a well done book showing a very wide variety of rendering techniques. This would be a valuable resource for a student of pen and ink, or as a beautiful art book in its own right.

Four stars

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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