I recently had the pleasure of dining with a five year old. Supplied with a pad of paper and crayons, she was content to be creative rather than eat her baked halibut and mashed potatoes. (No kiddie menu for this kid.) I found myself drawing and chatting with her, wondering why I don’t bring white paper and colored pencils to all my evenings out.
Now, consider the artist, James White, the author of our Book of the Week. In Signalnoise: The art of James White, amidst several pages of stunning drawings, he includes a report card from elementary school. The humor is not lost when you see that, in the throws of childhood, before real grades and long before having to declare a career, he got all “Satisfactory” grades except for one. In the area of “Can control pencil, crayon, scissors” he got “Improving.”
Improving, indeed. James’ book is filled with insightful introductions to the types of work he does. Sketch work, illustrations, digital collage, posters, logos – we wanted the book preview to go on. Notice the way he lays out his pages of sketches to show off his work. We think it’s an interesting approach to an artist’s portfolio. Alas, the first 16 pages were enough to make us a fan of James’ talent. If you’re left wanting more, you can check out his work on Flickr.
So, congratulations James. We think you made a great book up there in Nova Scotia. If we took you out to dinner, would you bring your sketchpad?