The Art of Loish

The pop­u­lar an­i­ma­tor and il­lus­tra­tor shares her art and some fas­ci­nat­ing in­sights into her process

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Au­thor Lois van Baarle Pub­lisher 3dto­tal Pub­lish­ing Price £23 Web www.3dto­talpub­lish­ing.com Avail­able Now

afree­lance an­i­ma­tor and il­lus­tra­tor from the Nether­lands with more than a mil­lion Face­book fol­low­ers, this is Lois van Baarle’s first art book. But it’s by no means just a col­lec­tion of her work.

This 156-page cof­fee ta­ble book, which be­gan as a Kick­starter project, care­fully traces this tal­ented artist’s process and evo­lu­tion, be­gin­ning with her first draw­ings as a child, through to early dig­i­tal ex­per­i­ments and stu­dent projects, and on to her present-day client cre­ations. Her evoca­tive por­traits of wide-eyed young women in par­tic­u­lar take your breath away, with a com­bi­na­tion of soft­ness and in­ten­sity that makes her style truly unique.

All this amaz­ing art is ac­com­pa­nied with notes from Lois on her in­spi­ra­tions, her process, and even where things could have been done bet­ter. Packed with more prac­ti­cal ad­vice than even some ‘How to’ books we’ve seen, she shares tips on ev­ery­thing from choos­ing colours to sketch­ing char­ac­ters, and much else in-be­tween.

And of course, there’s lots of eye­catch­ing art­work, in­clud­ing early sketches, works-in-progress, sto­ry­boards and fin­ished cre­ations. Beau­ti­fully pro­duced on matte pa­per and pro­tected in a be­spoke card­board sleeve, this is a book to be trea­sured.

Lois says she paints with “stylised foun­da­tions and car­toony pro­por­tions.”

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