River of Ink

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Humanoids, Inc., Aug 10, 2021 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 240 pages
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 Ink

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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

Contents

Section 1
25
Section 2
32
Section 3
37
Section 4
39
Section 5
45
Section 6
60
Section 7
61
Section 8
80
Section 14
153
Section 15
163
Section 16
168
Section 17
194
Section 18
198
Section 19
223
Section 20
224
Section 21
228

Section 9
93
Section 10
132
Section 11
142
Section 12
143
Section 13
152
Section 22
231
Section 23
236
Section 24
237
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About the author (2021)

After fifteen years of management consulting, Etienne Appert decided to reconcile his artistic vocation with his professional expertise: in 2010, he became a "designer consultant" for the business world at the same time as being a graphic novel author. In 2011, he published his first graphic novel, La Femme de l'Ogre, at La Boîte à Bulles, a first graphic novel about the life that the ogre's wife had to endure in Little Thumb. He followed in 2012 with Lehman, the crisis and me, a fair and sensitive transcription of corporate life and the consequences of the 2009 crisis. He has since collaborated on numerous works for the Flammarion, Nathan, Eyrolles and Hachette editions. He notably illustrated the world bestseller Reinventing organizations by Frédéric Laloux (100,000 copies sold). He returns in 2020 with River of Ink, an album with dreamlike illustrations in which he sets out to tell the story of the drawing and to answer the question: "Why are you drawing?"

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