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From Sketch to Final Art: Louise Loves Art

By Kelly Light

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First Drawings of Louise

Louise loves art. She really loves to draw and that’s where this book started—with the very first drawings of Louise.

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Vellum Sketches

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.

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layout and Composition

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.

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Color Choices

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.

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Final Book

One of the original drawings of Louise made it into the final book: It’s the first spread, where we meet Louise and get to know just how much she loves art.

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“Light…is a confident visual storyteller with a gentle sense of comic timing” (Publishers Weekly)

“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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD180L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062248170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062248176
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By CrimsonGirl VINE VOICE on September 4, 2014
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Louise loves to draw and display her masterpieces at the "gallery du fridge". She is too busy to pay attention to her little brother Art, who wants to make a masterpiece of his own. What will happen when Louise discovers that Art has made his masterpiece out of her special drawing?

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.
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My 8 year old granddaughter absolutely adores this book. I can't get her to put it down! It is a wonderful story with wonderful pictures, which any child will appreciate. It turns out, my granddaughter loves to draw and also has a little brother, so it is as if the author wrote the book specifically for her. She definitely relates to Louise in the story. Louise's quest to draw her masterpiece teaches children about listening to their own inner voice, setting goals, and also about persistence and discipline when following their hearts and chasing their dreams. And there is nothing like a pesky younger sibling for causing trouble! Many, many children love to draw, so little brother or not, boy or girl, I think this book would be treasured by all children. And the art work in the book is fantastic. A big thank you to the author for producing such a masterful children's book, and, if I may, a brilliant work of art!
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Wow, this book is fantastic. The pictures tell the story so well. Just love the facial expressions of this character Louise. Art and the Cat draw you in. There is so much to look at that your child will pick this book up over and over again. The sibling connection is wonderful. A great book for that older sister or brother who is dealing with a new arrival. With books like this I think the Art community will have many more generations of creative artists. A tribute to all our creative people in this world, writers, artists, teachers, librarians and all those who come in contact with children and foster their creative spark.
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Louise Loves Art is a wonderful book to read to your kids. The artwork is cute and whimsical, the coloring is simple yet appealing, and the story is adorable. The story was very simple to follow and both my 5 and 6 year old kids found the book engaging. I really enjoyed how the story shows how much Louise loves both art and her brother Art - even though like most little kids, he destroyed her "masterpiece" to create a piece of art of his own - that he did so out of love and admiration for his big sister...something she noticed and appreciates. By the end of the story, I can't help but wish I had a cool older sister like Louise (as well as hope my kids learn how to get along with each other like this!).

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.
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A quickly read story about Louise, her passion for drawing ( art) and her little brother also named Art. Simple but profound explaination of 'art' which is "your imagination on the outside". I had not heard that before and thought it was a wonderful explaination for children - or anyone for that matter. The book is simple - the limited storyline is about Louise drawing and hanging her pictures in the gallery, which is the hallway. The fridge is reserved for her best work, which her little brother Art cuts into a chain of paper people. At first Louise is upset, Art is sad, then Louise tells Art she loves his work and hangs it on the fridge. Also in the story is a cat who has wonderful cat poses for Louise to draw. A light fun story for young children, would make a great stepping stone to then have your child let their imagination out and draw.
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"Louise Loves Art" is a playful take on Louise's love for both pen-and-paper art and her brother named Art. My 8yo quickly connected with Louise's quest to make the perfect picture for her kitchen art gallery, and her frustration when Art destroyed her masterpiece with his own (something her 4yo sister has done more than once). Rather than get angry, Louise does the best thing a big sister can: she embraces the situation and makes Art feel special.

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.
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With Parisian flair and a black, white & red palette reminiscent of that ubiquitous porcine, Louise Loves Art is lovely. Where Olivia acted badly to get attention, or perhaps simply because she was swine, Louise is a likable yet fallible (and thus more believable) role model with whom young readers can relate.

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.
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