The Artist's Model

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1996-06-01 Library Binding New This is a new 1996 hardcover with DJ. Illustrated front cover; All clean crisp text pages with a nice secure binding. Endearing illustrations ... throughout. Daily shipping. ALL ORDERS ARE GUARANTEED. Read more Show Less


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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
A young girl discovers the fun and hard work it takes to be an artist's model when she poses as a princess for the cover illustration of a science fiction book her dad is illustrating. She follows the steps her father takes to produce the artwork. Barrows' illustrations are a collage of her own drawings and actual sketches and photographs of the cover as the father's work progresses. The young girl enjoys her stint at modeling but when her envious classmates gather around to see the finished book, she tells them that she doesn't want to be a model when she grows up. She wants to be an illustrator, just like her father!
Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
With classroom interest growing in writing workshops for younger children, this little book answers the kid-question, "How do artists do their drawings for books?" in a charming and refreshing way. The story of the evolution of artwork for a book is told from a child model's point of view. In this instance, the model is the artist's daughter, and we see her father's work evolve from idea through roughs to finished painting. In the end the artist's model finds an interest to pursue, as well as gaining insights into her father's professional work.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4A book about the process of contemporary book illustration. The first-person narrative by an artist's young daughter explains how she is photographed in costume so that her father can use the pictures as a model to create a lush, surrealistic fantasy illustration for a book cover. Step-by-step, from pencil sketch to final illustration, the process is briefly explained. Interest is created not so much by the linear narrative as by the mixture of pictures used in the book. The young girl's experience is told with highly stylized cartoon pictures, to which are added real black-and-white studio photographs of a "princess" and her mother and then, finally, the full painting is shown as it appears on the finished book, a science-fiction title by Judith Tarr. Barrows has evidently borrowed an actual book illustration from her artist-husband's work, and has used her daughter's delight in being asked to model for it as the inspiration for this story. The result is a picture book that offers little information about bookmaking but, through its interesting mix of visuals, helps children to understand how some illustrations are created. An additional purchase.Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876149485
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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