WHAT TIME IS IT? GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
In the course of researching this post I’ve discovered a couple of things.
Firstly, this book is regarded as something of an illustrator’s bible and very much sort after having been out of print for years.
Secondly, there’s an incredibly large portion of comic, poster and fine art Illustrators who are extremely vocal about the importance, fun nature and usefulness of this ‘How to’ classic by Andrew Loomis. It’s crossed my path at least a dozen or so times in the last 2weeks, in the most random of places and blogs whist I’ve been making my way round the net.
Thirdly, I have a copy of the newly released hardback edition and I’m giving it away to one of you cool kids for free. Just reblog this post and your entered.
A winner will be chosen via random.org on Saturday 20th April 2013, I’ll ship it worldwide and make sure your ask box is open so I can contact you if you win. That’s it, good luck.
For those unfamiliar, Cardy is a Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame inductee who produced iconic Silver Age cover art for DC comics’ titles such as Aquaman, Teen Titans, The Flash, World’s Finest, Superman, Detective Comics and Wonder Woman. After retiring from comics in the 70’s, Cardy moved to commercial art in the form of movie advertising, producing legendary one sheet posters for Apocalypse Now, Sonny Chiba’s The Street Fighter and a little film called STAR WARS!!
The book itself focuses on Nick’s Military career spanning 1943-1945 and collects his entire sketchbook entries along side commentary on the events he witnessed. Generally speaking World War II isn’t a subject I’m particularly fond of, but the lush watercolors and vivid pen and pencil illustrations really drew me in here. There’s some startlingly bleak wartime imagery depicted here within these pages and Nick’s style really does convey an aspect of the time and mood which is difficult to remain unaffected by. Relaxing moments of camaraderie whilst travelling between skirmishes are captured warmly, and scenes of battlefield horrors are portrayed with equal honesty. I enjoyed reading it a lot in all honesty as I found the sketchbook perspective really captivating and interesting. You really do get a sense of the journey Nick went on as a young soldier through his art and experiences.
The book itself is a 200mm X 302mm sturdy hardback edition with lovely gloss pages which present the art clearly for you to enjoy and absorb.
If you’d like to win a copy of the book, then simply reblog this post and I’ll select a winner in 7 days using a random generator site. I’ll ship worldwide so best of luck to those interested.
Update: Contest is over, winner has been notified. Thank you.