Saturday, September 17, 2016

More Reviews for the Menzel Book

We've been receiving more excellent reviews of the Menzel book from influential art blogs.

"The thing that impressed me most about these drawings by Menzel is that the process didn't become mechanical for him. He was not drawing out of mere habit. After thousands and thousands of drawings, he still responded to the visual power of the world around him."
        Read more at—Illustration Art by David Apatoff 

"Menzel's subjects range from candid to formal portraiture–from the sublime to the mundane. One example of the latter being an odd perspective of a bicycle wheel. The depictions are authentic and, we assume, pictorially accurate, without partaking of narrow optical precision. Some of the sketches were drawn from memory, exhibiting an astonishing visual acumen."
       Read more at — Thick Paint by Brad Teare

The images in this post and the text are excerpted from my new book Adolph Menzel: Drawings and Paintings. The book contains 130 images, including 32 pages of color.

The book is available signed from my website. Here's the link if you'd like to order a signed copy. It's also available on Amazon

Read more about Menzel at Christian Schlierkamp's blog Alles Zeichnen.


Roberto said...

This really looks wonderful! now I have to choose between your portraits-video and this.
Congrats on that top-100 blog thing. -RQ

mjartist said...

Strange question for you...with casein paint, can it be re activated like watercolor and gouache or does it dry like acrylic? I am really interested in getting some, but I was curious about that part. Thanks again

James Gurney said...

MJARTIST, Casein dries with a closed surface, meaning it can't be reactivated after it thoroughly dries. But the strength of the emulsion is weaker than acrylic, and it takes some time to fully develop. So right after it dries, it can be reactivated if you scrub a little.