I’d like to take a second to shamelessly plug a new book that will be released to the wide, wide world in March but is currently available for pre-order at an internet near you!
Joe Bluhm is one of those artists that makes other artists jealous. His talent is prodigious, his enthusiasm for his art immense, and his dedication to it all inspirational. I kind of hate him… but not really. Actually he’s a good friend, and he’s got a new book coming out that is going to be a must have for the bookshelf.
The book is called “Sketch Infectus”, and it’s chock full of almost 400 of Joe’s fantastic sketches, doodles and studies. A real artistic master’s brilliance is not really apparent when looking at their finished work, which they have had a chance to coax, polish and cajole into an end result. The real talent shows in the sketches and studies drawn from life or out of the artist’s imagination. This book is full of them, as well as a number of quotes from various artists about the value of sketching and keeping a sketchbook. I am honored to say I am one of those quoted.
The artwork is incredible and inspirational. After looking at it you cannot resist grabbing a pencil and starting to sketch yourself.
Joe is also no dummy when it comes to marketing. He is currently offering to include an original sketch with any copy pre-ordered before February 5th. It might be one from the book, or another from some other sketchbook, but Joe will be sacrilegiously chopping up a few sketchbooks and giving away these sketchy gems with every copy… for a limited time!
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