art book review

Tiny Dragons Art Book 🐉 | Book Look

I'm excited to announce that the Kickstarter for the "Tiny Dragons" art book is going on now through April 12, 2018! It features a wide range of styles and mediums to make everyone's favorite winged magical creature and the work's by over 200 artists from around the world. The project is headed by long-time dragon art aficionado, Jon Schindehette of the ArtOrder and former art director for Dungeons & Dragons.



The styles of art range from traditional drawing and painting, cartooning, origami, and there's even some sculptural pieces. The art book Kickstarter's actually comprised of three books:  "Tiny Dragons", "Not So Tiny Dragons", and "Tiny Dragons by Tiny People". The "Tiny Dragons" book features dragons of a more playful, cute variety. "Not So Tiny Dragons" contains art that often expresses the more terrifying or dangerous aspects of these marvelous beasts. Lastly, "Tiny Dragons by Tiny People" are dragons created by the hands of young artists under the age of 13 that capture the imagination of the young at heart. Both "Tiny" and "Not So Tiny Dragons" are hardbound books of over 120 pages each, "Tiny Dragons by Tiny People" is a soft cover book and all three can be had for the great price of just $30 USD in a lovely, firm slip case.


This is a digital mock-up of what the books and slip case will look like.

This is a digital mock-up of what the books and slip case will look like.

If this project looks like something you or a loved one would enjoy, you can get your book or book set on Kickstarter here: through April 12, 2018. I'd also greatly appreciate it if you would consider helping spread the word about the project with other dragon enthusiasts!

An interior view of a "Tiny Dragons" book.

An interior view of a "Tiny Dragons" book.

The Singing Bones 💀 by Shaun Tan | Book Look

Shaun Tan's the "The Singing Bones" is essentially a sculpture art book full of primal, even sometimes primitive looking figures that portray moments of Brother's Grimm fairy tales. Often a world of stark gray contrast with pops of color (usually a crimson red) that is equal parts humor and disquieting, threatening figures.


Watch a Flip Through of The Singing Bones Here


Get "The Singing Bones" Here


"The Singing Bones" is certainly not your conventional Grimm's fairy tale picture book as very little of the book's gorgeously illustrated pages are given over to story text, rather, a small distilled, snippet from an image's story is placed beside it.

Tan's small scale sculptures are often used to fantastic effect as he plays with perceptions of scale- mere pebbles that might be at home decorating one's lawn now become a vast landscape in the books title image, The Brave Little Tailor's giant takes on menacingly titanic proportions with a figure astride it that's barely larger than the giant's fist, and simple hardware, nails become deadly menacing spikes.


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