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Louise Loves Art Hardcover – September 9, 2014
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From Sketch to Final Art: Louise Loves Art
By Kelly Light
Louise loves art. She really loves to draw and that’s where this book started—with the very first drawings of Louise.
I sketch on vellum, which is a transparent paper. It allows me to layer drawings as I try to perfect them. I start my rough sketches in blue pencil and clean them up with Prismacolor colored pencils. The cleaned up drawings get scanned into my computer and then I work on them in Photoshop.
I lay out the sketches onto the pages of the book and work out the composition, thinking about how the art flows from page to page. I consider where the reader will look and how to keep areas open for type.
I decided to use color sparingly in the book to allow the drawings to really stand out. All of the white space on the pages echoes the whiteness of Louise’s own drawing paper and also that of my own sketch book pages. I wanted the black drawn lines and the red solid areas to be what guided the reader through the story. I wanted the whole book to feel like drawings.
“Budding artists, those not only crazy for art but who have their eyes and heart open, will find a muse and a collaborator.” (School Library Journal)
“A fresh and bright sibling tale...Cheerfully art-ful.’ (Kirkus Reviews)
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a sweet story of siblings learning to get along that I really enjoyed. My 7th grader, who has to deal with a pesky younger sister getting into her stuff, did not like the book because she felt that Art got rewarded for ruining Louise's drawing. She completely missed the point of the story, but I did promise I would mention her thoughts in this review.
Louise Loves Art is a great book to add to your child's bookshelf. The characters are likeable, the little black cat is hilariously emotive, the illustrations are well done, and the story is just plain cute.
It's quite extraordinary that such a simple picture book can help kids with such complicated emotions as pride, frustration, and family love. There's a lot here for parents to work with in discussing the story. Kelly Light does a brilliant job with her concise prose, paired back to her animated artwork. Louise loves art, but in the end she loves Art more, and that's a powerful message.
I adore the play on words: Louise loves to draw (art) and she also loves her brother (Art). This book trumpets sibling love, and may also serve to inspire artistic creativity in the same way that Ralph Tells a Story may ease writer's block.
Louise Loves Art is full of nice touches. Ask your kids to check the backgrounds, floors, and walls. Very much unhidden and in fact appearing on every page, the limber black cat is a star, like the bunny in I Love You When. Creative endpapers are icing on the cake. It amazes me that so many publishers forget the endpapers. As I have said before, a book may be judged by its cover, but endpapers are the first thing you see when you open a book and the last thing you see before you close it.
Overall, a homerun debut picture book with lots of series potential.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I understand how many people love the art itself, and the use of the red to emphasize, but I just didn't like the story. It was far too simplistic for what I was expecting. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Kat-Tech
This is my granddaughters' favorite book. Imaginative, encourages creativity and appreciation of another's creativity (and throw in a little forgiveness)!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
What a charming, delightful book! The illustrations made me and my young readers smile!Published 11 months ago by Samantha Black
I got this one hoping my 5-year-old would read it to me. No luck there but it's easily within her reading level. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Louise is a spunky little girl who loves to express herself through her artwork! She is eager to create her pièce de résistance, the greatest drawing she has ever... Read morePublished 11 months ago by DiapersandDaydreams
I was fortunate to hear author Kelly Light speak at a Houston SCBWI event in April 2015, and I bought a copy of her book there. "Louise Loves Art" is a delight. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cathey Nickell