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From the PublisherA special treat for budding artists and wonderful for teachers.
Although similar in format and organization, the books in this remarkable series are not simply carbon copies of one another. The introductions alone, succinct and provocative, demonstrate the ways in which the compiler gives added dimension to her project: Volume One presented the idea of illustration as a profession; Volume Two touted the value both of practicing old techniques and trying new ones; Volume Three introduces the concept of illustration as a means of communication. Yet, like any solid series entry, the familiarity of design and content lives up to expectations; it is satisfying and it is good. There are no surprises as to quality; rather, curiosity is piqued by the seemingly infinite variety of possible responses to the same questions. Paul Zelinsky enlivens his autobiography with sly humor, noting "I was born quite young, at about age zero." Peter Catalanotto, like most of the thirteen artists profiled, demonstrated his talent early in life. However, he envisioned that becoming an artist "meant I would move to New York City, spend my entire life drawing and painting, slowly starve to death, and, after I was dead, people would start buying my paintings." Several of the subjects have roots in other cultures: RaLl Colón, Puerto Rico; Keiko Narahashi, Japan; Peter Sís, Czechoslovakia. Despite differences in background, they have much in common with the other distinguished and distinctive personalities who are included: Lisa Desimini, Jane Dyer, Kevin Hawkes, G. Brian Karas, Betsy and Ted Lewin, Elise Primavera, and Anna Rich. All are passionate, hardworking, anxious to encourage others, and willing to share some secret techniques in an engaging appendix. Informative, enjoyable, and inspirational.