Two new books have come to our attention, just in time for the holidays, and both deal with artistic competence and motivation. The first is a fictional biography of self-discovery in a foreign land written by a seasoned author, while the other, although it is a book, is a first writing of an artist and deals with the how-to’s and what-if’s of fashion illustration. Both are delightful in their originality and transforming qualities, which make them perfect for the holidays — either for one’s self to escape the stress of the season, or as a gift for a special someone on your gift list.
Katherine Reay is a published Harper Collins author, an experienced storyteller with several books to her credit and a self-proclaimed Jane Austen super-fan. Her latest, “A Portrait of Emily Price” continues Reay’s proclivity to romance/adventure with the story of a benevolent and kind art restorer’s visit to Italy where she discovers both herself and some of the well-kept secrets of her boyfriend’s family.
Having been the glue in her own family, Emily believes that she can “fix” her beau’s. We know from the start that this is not the case, but the experiences along the way make for a beautiful and inspired story.
According to Publisher’s Weekly, “A Portrait of Emily Price” hits a sweet spot between adventure romance and artistic rumination; the novel finds a fantastic groove where chick lit meets Henry James.”
Says Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times best-selling author, “Katherine Reay is a remarkable author who has created her own sub-genre, wrapping classic fiction around contemporary stories. Her writing is flawless and smooth, her storytelling meaningful and poignant.”
Our second selection, “Sketch & Go: 5-Minute Fashion Illustration” is the first book by one of today’s hottest fashion illustrators and co-founder of the Chic Sketch app, Emily Brickel Edelson.
Part technique, part sketchbook, “Sketch & Go” is perfect for artists seeking tips and tricks for sketching fashion from one of the best illustrators in the business. Taking readers beyond the basics, the book includes 500 pre-printed model templates by Emily, allowing readers to sketch their design quickly without having to draw models. It is also perfect for experienced artists who want to learn the art of quick sketching on the go or at events.
Emily Brickel Edelson was named “One of Fashion’s Best Illustrators” by fashion website Who What Wear.com and featured in People StyleWatch, InStyle and Allure, among others. She has sketched for Cartier, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, L’Oréal and more. Emily is also the co-founder of Chic Sketch, the popular fashion app, which allows users to turn their looks into custom fashion sketches.
Whether empowering creativity or speaking to a woman’s sense of adventure and feminine resolution, “A Portrait of Emily Price” and “Sketch and Go: 5-Minute Fashion Illustration” are engrossing and inspiring reads Z’Scoop heartily recommends.
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