A terrific book for artists, but I think the non-artist, and certainly art appreciators, can glean much from this book.
Sunday Sketching by Christoph Niemann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Christoph Niemann was featured on a Netflix documentary called Abstract: The Art of Design, which is where I fell in love with his work and philosophy. If you are literate, you've probably run across his work; he's illustrated many New Yorker covers; you may not read the New Yorker, but you might recognize some of them, as they have become somewhat iconic. The documentary was good; his book is great. It's partly a coffee table art book of his quirky, vivid, and mind blowing art work (some of which appeared on his rad Instagram), but this book is also a biography of his life, and manifesto on how to be an artist - no, not to "be" and artist, but how to survive and maybe even thrive as someone who creates. He divides his journey into what he calls "three grand themes" : 1. I'm not good enough. 2. My work is irrelevant and soon I'll be broke. 3. I'm out of ideas. He then goes on to explore each of these through stories of his life and much extraordinary art. If you only look at the illustrations and skip the text, you are still in for a treat. But be sure and read the book too. I think you will come away inspired; he has much to say to artists, but also much to say to art appreciators and non-artists as well.
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