Right here in my happy little hands is my copy of Portrait Revolution, US edition. I hardly know where to begin in describing this amazingly fabulous book. I have already read it cover to cover, every word, every name and caption, smiled at all the familiar faces and noted how many I didn't know, marveled at all the talent and vision, and tried to soak up as much of the information as I could. And I will certainly be reading it again and again. Yes, i bought it because two of my drawings are in it (and surprise! a little one of me by Janet Burns), but even if they weren't I think I would still love it. It is very well put together in a engaging manner, full of inspiration, tips and techniques, and so many beautiful images in every imaginable style by incredible artists all around the world. Everyone who is interested in portraiture and figurative art should buy this book. Seriously, BUY THIS BOOK.
Today I finally placed my order for the new book - Portrait Revolution - about the JKPP phenomenon, which contains two of my drawings. Even though it's still in pre-order status, I say "finally" because it's been available for pre-order for quite a while, has had a write-up in an art publication, and a few group members have advance copies already. So there has been a lot of excitement buzzing around about the book over the past couple months and I feel like I'm a bit behind.
Even if my drawings weren't in the book I would still buy it. The JKPP group has been such a huge influence on my growth as an artist. It has introduced me to many spectacular artists around the world, with a vast array of artistic styles, and led me to study portraiture (which I've been interested in since high school) more seriously. I would buy the book just for inspiration and as a memento. Having my work included in it is a very exciting added bonus, which is incredibly validating and humbling at the same time.
I ordered both the US and UK editions, which should arrive within a couple weeks. I can't wait!
In the mean time, here is a link to the review (it’s a jpeg, but you can zoom in to read):
May 17 issue of UK magazine Artists & Illustrators (supposed to also be available in the US.)
Ordering information for both the US and UK editions for the book: Portrait Revolution