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Where do I want to start...
on April 11, 2013
Well. I guess what I want to say first is it's not a bad book. It's in fact a great * beginners* book. Lillia know her stuff and has experience to prove it. She doesn't pump up the book with nonsense and filler**. She says what she wants to say and gets to the point.
That said I can say it's defiantly geared towards women. Or as Lillia says in her book the "feminine aesthetic." It's not a draw back just a heads up if you want to read something about the masculine aesthetic. It also is more for the casual or beginner crafter who doesn't really know how the art/craft world works. I don't feel like it shed any new light on the subject as an experienced illustrator. To me, it just felt like I was reading a self-help book.
I also need to stress the fact that always be weary of books with with the words "learn" and "secrets" together in them. There's never really "secrets" to the art world, just stuff you don't know about/haven't experienced for yourself. The interviews with the design companies are also handy. The "what are you saturated with?" question are insightful.
The book itself is amazing. I love the hardcover and the spiral spine. It will defiantly hold up over time. The text is big and bold. There's lots of pictures. To me this is really good because I actually am not a big reader and lots of words bore me. The only problem a reader might have is holding the book if they have arthritis.
** ok there is filler. but it's intended to be good filler. about 1/4 of the book are activities for you. That require you to photo copy or cut your book.... I wouldn't cut this book. Even if it wasn't a library book. Maybe Lillia wants you to get over the "art is precious" hurdle. Definitely a negative there.
TL;DR: Recommended for beginners, people who need a pick me up, or people looking to get back into crafts. Not recommended for experienced crafters, though the resources in the back are handy. Rent it if your curious.