Art

My Neigbor Hayao

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My Neighbor Hayao: Art Inspired by the Films of  Miyazaki Cover Image
By Spoke Art Gallery (Compiled by), Jorge R. Gutiérrez (Introduction by), Ken Harman (Preface by)
$23.96
ISBN: 9782374951355
Availability: In Stock-Click Title to See Store Inventory
Published: Cernunnos - October 6th, 2020

Brilliant minds reimagining the brilliant world of the the brilliant animator, Hayao Miyazaki. If my overuse of the word "brilliant" doesn't convey my love for this collectible art book, I don't know what will. Open the pages, and you'll see what I mean.

Kai


A Million Llamas

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A Million Llamas: Lovable Llamas to Color Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781454711285
Availability: In Stock-Click Title to See Store Inventory
Published: Lark Books (NC) - March 16th, 2021

Unfortunately, I'm pretty grumpy by this point in the summer, so I glom onto anything that gives me a smile. This coloring book does just that. Its odd siren call hits me like my staff pick How to Draw Cute Beasts with its cuteness. As it happens, it's not just llamas in here. There's a whole slew of adorable animals in absurd situations. Grab some shiny gel pens or colored pencils and relax with a million llamas.

Stacey


How to Draw Cute Beasts

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How to Draw Cute Beasts, 4 Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781454941224
Availability: On Order at the Wholesaler
Published: Sterling Children's Books - August 18th, 2020

Both Rebecca and Stacey considered staff picking this one, so surprise extra staff pick! In addition to being adorable, Rebecca said that this book made her feel like she could draw well. Stacey found it super relaxing and enjoyable (especially having always found zentangles to be stressful). If you're looking for a little joy and a creativity boost, try this book!

Stacey/Rebecca


Comics: Easy as ABC!

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Comics: Easy as ABC: The Essential Guide to Comics for Kids Cover Image
By Ivan Brunetti, Francoise Mouly (Introduction by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781943145393
Availability: In Stock-Click Title to See Store Inventory
Published: Toon Graphics - April 2nd, 2019

 

I get a lot of requests for drawing books...and it’s not just because I’m an art professor! Full of cartooning exercises, this book is great if you’re looking for a summertime activity, or know a kid who’s into comics.

Marika


Michelangelo: God’s Architect

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Michelangelo, God's Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691195490
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: Princeton University Press - November 19th, 2019

 

William E. Wallace’s lifetime of research clearly informs this wonderfully written account of the last two decades of Michelangelo’s life when he designs and directs the construction of the new St. Peter’s in Rome. Wallace convincingly immerses you what is was like to live in sixteenth -century Rome as well as providing great insight into the genius of Michelangelo’s artistry. 

Dale


ART: THE DEFINITIVE VISUAL GUIDE

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Art: The Definitive Visual Guide Cover Image
By Andrew Graham Dixon, Ross King (Foreword by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781465474759
Availability: On Order at the Wholesaler
Published: DK - September 4th, 2018

 

Every house should have one! Paging through this beautiful volume can light up your mind with humanity's creative pageant, as well as inspire, elucidate and finally identify that certain half-remembered  painting (the one with the thing) that you've been trying to recall for years now...

Gary


Go Team Venture!

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Go Team Venture!: The Art and Making of The Venture Bros. Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9781506704876
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: Dark Horse Books - July 31st, 2018

 

Whether you're a long-time Venture Bros fan or an animation devotee looking for your next obsession, this is the art book for you. Peek inside the genius of Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick to see how things move from idea to production to your TV sets! This thing is as comprehensive as one of The Monarch's schemes. IGNORE ME!

Caleb


The Last Painting of Sara De Vos

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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250118325
Availability: In Stock-Click Title to See Store Inventory
Published: Picador - April 4th, 2017

 

A painting links a rare female artist of the Dutch Golden Age with a scion and grad student in "Mad Men" era Manhattan.  Developed, simpatico characters and finely wrought double-crossing in past and present Netherlands, Manhattan, and Sydney make this a very satisfying read. Great for summer, travel, or book groups.

Molly


everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too

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Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062569028
Availability: In Stock-Click Title to See Store Inventory
Published: Harper Perennial - June 27th, 2017

As a bookseller, I read a lot of books. I’ve read a whole heap of staff-pick-able ones in the past few months. But this little aliebn has stayed with me since July; I've read and re-read it and found something new every time. Funny, poignant, and earnest, this book about a lonely alien his animal friends offers plenty of insight on what it means to be human.

Kate


Handcrafted Maine

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Handcrafted Maine: Art, Life, Harvest & Home Cover Image
By Katy Kelleher, Greta Rybus (Photographs by)
$39.95
ISBN: 9781616895679
Availability: On Order at the Wholesaler
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - July 18th, 2017

Maine is a state where many people take a risk and create their own jobs. This book honors hardworking and creative people with beautiful photographs and journalistic-like details. This is a great gift for a creative person or Maine-iac!

 

Heather


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