Pop Painting: Inspiration and Techniques from the Pop Surrealism Art Phenomenon by Camille d’Errico
When I first cracked the cover of this book, I did not actually know what Pop Surrealism was. However, on looking at the art inside, I realized that I am totally familiar with this style! Plenty of Blythe enthusiasts are into this style and I see it online all the time. This particular artist seems quite inspired by kawaii, which also fits.
Not just an overview of the style, though, this book is specific to the author and includes details about her techniques, inspiration, and journey as an artist. She also addresses the reader as a mentor, encouraging and guiding and hoping for artistic fulfillment for others. Artists looking for quite specific technical detail won’t be disappointed, either. She describes techniques and tools but also how to depict particular elements such as eyes and hair and how to add depth to your work. Despite not creating art in this medium much if at all, I found this book to be quite inspiring and learning more about the techniques increases my (not insignificant) appreciation for those who create it.
Full disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Blogging for Books.