Sunday, February 28, 2010

This Week's Finds

Lots of new and exciting stuff this week! (Or at least I think so).

And because I've been swamped lately, I'll just post a list of the titles, without covers. Maybe I can go back and post the covers I have; but in the mean time, you can find them if you want.

Odyssey of the Apocalypse - Elizabeth MacDonald Burrows
Published in 1994, this large hardcover book deals with something mentioned in the best-seller, The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: A new, in-depth look at John's Apocalypse. It's not the end of the world, just the awakening of Humanity's capabilities.

Living Buddha, Living Christ - Thich Nhat Hanh
Some book about philosophy and wisdom. Haven't been able to sit down and actually read it.

Chihuly Over Venice
A look at the famous glass-artist Dale Chihuly's time in Venice, and the pieces he displayed there in 1996. Since he is a local legend (Pacific Northwest--he helped create the Pilchuck Glass Studio up here in Washington), I thought this was a very good book to have a copy of.

Fantasy Art Techniques - Boris Vallejo
You know those sci-fi and fantasy covers with the hulking, broad-sword swinging Man with the skimpily clad Women drooling all over him--and at least one monster dying in the background--well this book shows some of the techniques behind those covers. Mmm, sounds like penny-dreadful and pulp fiction territory.

Basic Design: The Dynamics of Visual Form - Maurice de Sausmarez
Small, interesting book with examples of designs and shapes in art. Not much else to say at first glance.

Zen Shiatsu: How to Harmonize Yin and Yang for Better Health - Shizuto Masunaga and Wataru Ohashi
Manual on how to balance one's bodily energies. Complete with self-massaging guides showcasing a man straight from the 80s. Mustache, mullet, short-shorts, and hairy legs to boot.

You Are Here: Graphics That Direct, Explain & Entertain - Gail Diebler Finke
A great, big book with lots of photos of buildings, sings, and other elements of design that do exactly what the title implies. I was more clicked onto it after being hooked on BLDGBLOG.

Frieze - November-December 2007
Good magazine full of art and awesomeness. May cannibalize for artwork, use as a Muse, or give back to the community. Or all three...

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