Part visual journal and part art manual, Volume III of IDOLS DEMONS SAINTS chronicles the sketchbooks and paintings of John Wellington. Volume III reproduces the sketchbook started at the end of December of 2005 and completed in December of 2006.
Showing preparatory drawings, gouache studies, works in progress, and completed paintings along with the complete sketchbook pages, this series of ebooks clearly reveals the process of creating for the artist and teacher John Wellington.
For more than thirty years John Wellington has created, copied, ruminated, lamented, critiqued, elucidated, explored and most importantly, drawn in sketchbooks. It is his great hope that this series of ebooks will offer insight into a process of creating for artists, art students, and art lovers.
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Had to buy all three
Since I am an artist myself I can vouch for just how candid and intimate these sketchbooks are. John writes about painting, art and self doubt that represents many artist’s experiences. Most artists won’t write most of these thoughts down let alone share them with the world! As an artist I enjoyed John’s thoughts on different pieces of art and seeing sketches of the same works in his sketchbooks. I also enjoyed the technical details of his process that John interspersed with the sketchbook entries. This give’s an over the shoulder and in the head view of an artist’s thoughts and process laid out side by side.
A true philosophical factory
Most creatives, whether writers, musicians or artists, spend a great deal of their lives answering the inevitable question put to them: “Where do your ideas come from?” In this remarkable ebook—the last of three volumes—fine artist and teacher John Wellington offers the answer with a giddy journey down the virtual rabbit hole of a great artist’s mind. We follow a magical progression through his 30-plus years of creativity. Part journal, part sketchbook, Idols Demons Saints details Wellington’s journey from initial inspiration—anime, Bratz dolls, even the movie Gladiator—to what he calls the “final destination” of a finished painting. Added bonuses include side trips to Shanghai, Paris, Tokyo and lushly detailed renditions of works in progress. A true masterclass in creation from an artist’s personal philosophical factory. Marvellous and inspiring.