A guided journey through eight Indian illustration styles via portrayals of deer.
With the help of eight Indian artists, graphic designer Parker concisely introduces art foundations throughout the book. Beginning in the flaps, the book leads readers through the conceptualization of an illustration from a photograph through realistic representation to a reimagination of the animal, all without losing the deer’s main features. The book’s large trim allows generous canvas space and encourages readers to depart from the simple yet effective instructions and experiment in the negative space. Art concepts are transmitted alongside facts about deer. For example, to show how “deer can run at speeds of up to 70 kilometers an hour” when escaping a predator, the illustrations portray deer in a style reminiscent of cave paintings, with outstretched legs rushing forward. The question “How has the artist shown us that these deer are running fast?” prompts readers to consider the direction of the lines, the deer’s heads, and the animals’ positions throughout the page as elements that contribute to the transmission of the idea of movement. Readers are also given the opportunity to increase their artistic talents. Exercises such as tracing outlines, coloring, and creating patterns build budding artists’ skills. As the book progresses, the instructions grow less constraining, encouraging the reader to “let [their] imagination loose.” Further information on the various artists and styles is presented on the back jacket flap.
Readers will be prancing for their art supplies. (Activity book. 4-9)