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Big Eye Art: Resurrected & Transformed Paperback – April 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell (April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858944368
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858944364
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,439,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Blonde Blythe (Toni Boozer) is a popular artist renowned for her portraits of the 'Blythe' doll. Her work has featured in fantasy-art books and in Barbie Bazaar magazine. She is based inAlabama.

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This is a great book for big-eye-fantasy art lovers.
Reader
The work of several artists in the book are featured in other publications as well, including solo art books.
Blonde Blythe
I loved that each artist was interviewed thoroughly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Cruz on March 25, 2012
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I love the book and the drawings are beautiful. I can take ideas from the
authors and use them on my own drawings and projects!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By daisylind on December 27, 2011
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Was really hoping for a fuller collection of all the many talented big eye artists out there, but sadly, just a sad collection of fantasy fairy art and paintings of blythe dolls. The technique and skill of most of the artists is very crude and naive, and is reads more like a "best of" of a high school Fairy art.

There could have been SO many amazing artists included in here that weren't; was very disappointed in the curation of the artists involved. No Audrey Kawasaki, no Camilla D'Errico, no Mark Ryden. These are artists that should have been front and foremost featured in this book, and yet, nary a mention! I also wanted a larger retrospective collection of the original big eye artists; Keane and such were mentioned, but I would have appreciated a fuller history and gallery of their art to contrast the contemporary pieces to.

Was really wanting to like this book; I was so happy to see it arrive as a present, but now considering exchanging it for a book like Hunt/Gather or something more selective from Juxtapoz.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kim B on June 28, 2011
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From an art perspective particularly self taught artists, the images are beautiful in detail and colour, and perfect as a reference for anyone wanting to learn and practise this lovely artform.
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I was extremely disappointed in this book. As a lover of big eye art and dolls, I really expected more from this book. Much of the art is extremely amateur, and well known big eye artists are glossed over or left out completely. I understand that this book focuses on the "resurrection" and "transformation" of this style first developed in the 1950s, but it comes off like a catalog of bad Etsy and eBay art from midwestern moms who collect fairy statues. The few artists that exhibit some skill are mostly practicing Ryden worship. The silver lining is that there are a few quality artists included (like Vicki Berndt and Lisa Petrucci), which is the only reason I haven't given this one to the thrift store yet! There's far too much fantasy art for my taste, and most lovers of vintage big eye art like Keane, Eve, Eden, Gig, Lee, and Gallarda won't find much value here. The cover is a good indication of what you'll find inside. Let's just say i'm glad it was a gift! If you are looking for a big eyed art retrospective consider Just above the Mantlepiece by Wayne Hemingway, Black Velvet Masterpieces by Caren Anderson and Carl Baldwin or Citizen Keane by Cletus Nelson. If you are a fan of this style, you don't really need to buy the book, just search Etsy for "Big Eye Art" and you can see all the dopey fairy paintings you want for free.
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By Renee' K. on January 29, 2014
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A nice gallery of well-known and lesser known artists who specialize in the big eye figures.
If you don't care for one artist's work--there's sure to be another to love and follow.
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Big Eye Art: Resurrected and Transformed is definitely NOT just another ho-hum boring and insignificant fantasy art book! If you are into big eyes, this book was compiled especially for you! If you check ALL the reviews, you will see that the majority of people LOVE this book! The book includes an eclectic assortment of artists of varying styles and their equally eclectic art; many of these artists ARE internationally famous and published. Jasmine Becket-Griffith (who also writes the foreword), creates designs for Disney, the Hamilton Collection, Ashton-Drake, and the Bradford Exchange; many other artists featured in the book are also licensed with major companies as well, showing their work in important gallery exhibitions across the globe. The work of several artists in the book are featured in other publications as well, including solo art books.

What you're getting--all wrapped up in one delightfully fun, sometimes off-the-wall, but always entertaining volume--is surreal art, doll art, fantasy art (such as fairies and mermaids), tattoo art, anime art, lowbrow art, creature art, video-game art, robot art, cat art, dog art, Gothic art, fan art (Belinda Carlisle, Debbie Harry, and Courtney Love), fairy tale illustrations, Margaret Keane tribute art, Halloween art, and more. There are boxing bull dogs, winged monkeys, dancing rats, hybrid bird-kittens, snakes sprouting multiple human heads, Egyptian cats, nurse, cowgirl, Mona Lisa, and hippie Blythe dolls, Marie Antoinette illustrations, roaring twenties flappers, fairies and mermaids, and much, much more! Also, check out the inspirational artist bios! I was going to upload pictures, which are worth a thousand words, but, unfortunately, Amazon won't let me. To sum it all up, Big Eye Art: Resurrected and Transformed, offers a sometimes dark, sometimes whimsical, sometimes puzzling, often comical, frequently outrageous--but never, ever dull--look into the world of big eyes!
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