River of Ink
With grace, poetry, clarity, and expert knowledge, artist Etienne Appert brings us a book about the very origins of the art of illustration—what it means and why it exists. “Why do you draw?” A simple question by a young boy moves the author to travel with him down the River of Ink, which flows from the present day back to the very first illustration drawn by a human. Along the way, they visit legendary artists of the past and encounter personal tales that explore the philosophy of communication through drawing. Why do we draw? It’s a simple question with a spellbinding and complex answer with an entirely new and entertaining look at the history of art.
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River of InkUser Review - Publishers Weekly
Appert’s myth-spinning meditation on creativity weaves family history with the tale of Saurias, a young soldier, and Saminia, the lover who draws his shadow to remember him while he’s at war. The ... Read full review
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