A Life Drawing: Recollections of an Illustrator Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-18 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings

"What a wonderful book! Not only easy to read, with a lot of interesting information about Shirley Hughes' early years and inroads into illustrating plus her creative process, but beautifully illustrated as well. There are many full-page and double-page colour illustrations plus plenty of B&W line drawings and examples from Hughes' sketchpads. If you're interested in writing or illustrating children's books, you will love this book. If you're a fan of Shirley Hughes' delightful characters, you'll love this book. This is definitely a keeper." said.

"I loved this book. Shirley Hughes is an inspiring author and illustrator. I have picked up some ideas to keep in mind while bringing up my own children too - it's so important for art to be ever-present in their lives, and this book has served to remind me. I just loved reading the stories behind the beloved tales from my own and my children's childhoods. I also loved watching her illustrating style change over the years. What a treat to be able to draw the people you see around you; how inspiring it must be for the creation of character and story.

A great book, well worth a read to anyone who appreciates art, children's books and the development of a great writer.
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" This is a really beautiful and fascinating book. I love Shirley Hughes' picture books, and it was lovely to hear about her childhood and how her interest in drawing developed into her career. There are illustrations throughout, only some were familiar so most were new, and always wonderful. " said.

"Oh, I enjoyed this book so much! I'd read Hughes's 'My Naughty Little Sister' books to my elder daughter, who had some naughty little sister problems of her own to contend with, and had fallen in love with the illustrations.
In this coffee table-sized book, Hughes tells a thorough and compelling (especially so to a fellow artist like me) version of her long life. I was fascinated by her personal glimpses into the world of the professional illustrator, a world that has changed greatly in Hughes's sixty-year career. It is a major strength of this book that Hughes gives us a clear picture of the stresses of historical events not only on her personal biography, but also on that of her profession and, to a large extent, on popular culture, as well.
She's generous in her discussion of other artists and includes many examples of their work along with her own, in this richly visual autobiography.
Fun to read, a real joy to look at, this book gets my highest recommendation.

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