Publisher: Quarry Books
Author: Sho Ito
Released: June 26th 2018
I received a copy of Brush Pen Illustration through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Brush Pen Illustration is the perfect art book for anybody that has ever found themselves fascinated by this style of artwork. It’s perfect for any level, but especially for beginners, as it gives a wonderful understanding of the style itself and many details of the intricacy in how it works.
Included in this book is a basic overview of the style itself, the techniques involved, and a variety of different themes that are commonly used. There’s a whole chapter dedicated to foods, which may or may not have made me a bit hungry, a chapter for cats and other animals (my personal favorite for this style), water brush techniques, plants, Asian art, and finally black & white illustrations.
What I especially loved about this guide was that they took the time to not only explain, but show the effects on different paper types. This is something that’s so frequently overlooked, but can be really frustrating for a beginner. There’s nothing more frustrating than following a guide and not understanding why everything keeps coming out differently than intended. It’s understandable that many wouldn’t even consider the paper being a culprit, but in this style in particular it can’t be overlooked.
On the whole I was very happy with this book, and impressed with the precision and attention to detail shown. Going into this I didn’t feel like I had a firm grasp on the subject or how it was rendered, but now I certainly have a better idea, not to mention increased respect for the style.