Throwback Thursday: Little Book of Book Making by Charlotte Rivers

Little Book of Book Making: Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Beautiful Handmade Books

Little Book of Book Making: Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Beautiful Handmade Books

by Charlotte Rivers

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this honest review.

R: Recommended (This is at the top of the pile.)

Give it Time (It’ll grow on you.)


  • Easy to read layout with informational text and photographic examples
  • Multiple examples from all over the world
  • Great hands-on, step-by-step projects
  • Ability to lay the book flat while working on your projects
  • Written without too much unexplained jargon


  • The title led me to believe the book would focus more on making your own projects

Overall, I really enjoyed both the layout and subject matter.  Having recently completed a college course in bookbinding, I would highly recommend this book to anyone taking a similar class or who is interested in learning about bookbinding across the globe.  Public and school libraries would find this title to be a useful addition to their craft section.

Review: Doodletopia: Manga: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Cute Manga Characters and More by Christopher Hart

Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Watson-Guptill
When I saw Doodletopia: Manga as one of the options for review on Blogging for Books, I was reminded of my early foray into drawing manga.  Christopher Hart has contributed quite a few series to this area and has chosen to feature  several different artists in each work.  And while I don’t care for his personal, simplistic manga drawing style, I appreciate his support of the art and the young artists reading his books.
Manga Mania: How to Draw Japanese Comics

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Book Review: Classic Human Anatomy in Motion: The Artist’s Guide to the Dynamics of Figure Drawing by Valerie L. Winslow

Classic Human Anatomy in Motion: The Artist's Guide to the Dynamics of Figure Drawing

I’m always looking for new books to help improve my creative and artistic skills, so when this anatomy drawing book became available, I was really excited.  My figure drawing is always slightly disproportionate, so I was hoping this book would help SHOW me how to correct that.

When I received the book, I quickly opened it and found lots of WORDS and not a lot of examples.  As a visual learner trying to improve my art, I was baffled and confused by the lack of art in this book.  Because of this, I set the book aside, hoping my next impression might be more favorable to actually reading through this 300+ page book.

Alas, my first impression stuck with me.  Perhaps the overly technical, bone-level illustrations were too advanced for my needs, but it definitely wasn’t what I was expecting.  The words may be very useful and helpful to some, but I can’t imagine that too many artists would add this book to their collection.  I’ve included some sample images below so that you can see what I’m talking about.  I don’t think this book will be of much use to me, so I’ll try to find someone that will get use out of it.

From the Publisher:

This essential companion book to the bestselling Classic Human Anatomy provides artists and art students with a deeper understanding of human anatomy and different types of motion, inspiring more realistic and energetic figurative art.

Fine-art instruction books do not usually focus on anatomy as it relates to movement, despite its great artistic significance. Written by a long-time expert on drawing and painting human anatomy, Classic Human Anatomy in Motion offers artists everything they need to realistically draw the human figure as it is affected by movement. Written in a friendly style, the book is illustrated with hundreds of life drawing studies (both quick poses and long studies), along with charts and diagrams showing the various anatomical and structural components.

This comprehensive manual features 5 distinct sections, each focusing on a different aspect of the human figure: bones and joint movement, muscle groups, surface form and soft tissue characteristics, structure, and movement. Each chapter builds an artistic understanding of how motion transforms the human figure and can create a sense of expressive vibrancy in one’s art.

I received a copy of this book through Blogging for Books, in exchange for an honest review.