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5.0 out of 5 stars In A New York State of Mind, Expressionism of Gotham City
The most artistic and contemporary of all the world's periodicals is the New Yorker. Since 1925 this magazine has recorded current events, brought forth great literature and yes the art work contained within its content is above reproach. Looking back at New Yorker covers one gets the sense of following history as recorded as current events and when looking at them many...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book for Tomine fans
I gave this book three stars mostly because I received this book with a dented corner (not the first time from Amazon). I like the little explanations next to the sketches. If you are looking for a story try his other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In A New York State of Mind, Expressionism of Gotham City,
This review is from: New York Drawings (Hardcover)The most artistic and contemporary of all the world's periodicals is the New Yorker. Since 1925 this magazine has recorded current events, brought forth great literature and yes the art work contained within its content is above reproach. Looking back at New Yorker covers one gets the sense of following history as recorded as current events and when looking at them many years down the road the covers symbolizes the evolution of history.
Adrian Tomine's artwork blends into the eclectic mold of the oeuvre of what in essence is the New Yorker. The cover of this wonderful book is one of many of Tomine's New Yorker covers title "Missed Connection." The title, the expressions and the creation of the New York City scenes shows to the reader a truly unique "New York" experience.
Paging through the artwork of this book one gets the sense of what Tomine is trying to convey to us. The expressions and backdrop scenery are the very essence of what New York City is and how all citizens perceive as to what this city is. This concept is not only true to Americans but it also holding true to people throughout the world.
Tomine's artwork in and of itself is not defined by one style, it is rather eclectic when it shows emotions of the people of the city along with background scenery which is both haunting, descriptive and shows good use of light. Some scenes even remind me of the work of Edward Hopper with him being the purveyor of the artwork looking inside a building from the outside and the use of inside light. Very Hopperesque indeed!!
As a longtime admirer of all things "New Yorker" I enjoy the great artists and writers who grace the pages of this classic periodical. I note the names of these people and Tomine is on that rather excellent short list!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Drawings to Mull Over,
This review is from: New York Drawings (Hardcover)New York Drawings is a collection work from Adrian Tomine, most of which originally appeared in the New Yorker over the last decade. I was concerned before buying this that I would be disappointed. I had seen some of Tomine's covers before - I have a copy of the great Amazon delivery one somewhere - but most of my exposure to his work had been through two of his graphic novels (Shortcomings and Summer Blonde). Still, the main thought running through my mind was will Tomine's themes of loneliness and alienation blend well with his love of awkward moments in a single panel?
My worries were for nothing! This collection is amazing. I want to leave it on my coffee table so everyone can marvel over the images as I have. Some of my favorites - Lonely Girl and the image from the Buddhist Review - are not available online to show you and I am to lazy to scan them myself, but trust me they are so beautifully simple.
Tomine manages to condense complexity to one page constantly. Take the cover of the book, so stunning and simple. Two strangers on trains heading in separate directions make eye contact as they read the same book. The loneliness and sense of lost opportunity that this image conveys needs time to be properly absorbed. Perhaps this is love for Tomine - two strangers destined to be heading separate ways.
There are also a few short comic strips in here that showcase the wit and dialogue of Tomine - which is almost always great. However, if you really want to have more experiences with Tomine's comic work I would suggest picking up Shortcomings, Summer Blonde, or Optic Nerve #12 - they are all pretty amazing.
If you are looking for a coffee table book, love drawings, are a fan of Tomine, or just want something different check this book out. If you happen to see it somewhere take a few moments to browse through it. This book is worth a first and second look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Collection Beautiful Illustrations,
This review is from: New York Drawings (Hardcover)Fans of Adrian Tomine's comics will be familiar with his ability to convey a rich sense of inner life using little more than subtle cues in expression, posture and character design along with almost microscopic details about every day life. What they might not realize is that Tomine also had an extensive career as an illustrator - most notably for The New Yorker, but also for some less reputable employers. Collected here are over a hundred illustrations from that period documenting slices of New York life (real and imagined) alongside drawings inspired by movies and other pop culture which originally accompanied articles.
Just a warning: there is just tiny handful of comics sprinkled in, so if you find that disappointing maybe this isn't for you. Check out the excellent Optic Nerve instead!
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5.0 out of 5 stars New York moments,
This review is from: New York Drawings (Hardcover)If you've ever been to New York, you'll know the place is incredible and majestic and so recognisable from a million movies and tv shows and photographs and paintings and songs that you'll find yourself stopping in the middle of the street just to marvel at a corner you've seen somewhere before. It's like you've stepped into that work of art, you are in that movie, and you are expecting that character to walk past at any moment. Adrian Tomine creates moments like this in his art. Scenes that anyone familiar with New York city will see and find themselves reminiscing, their minds travelling back in time to when they were there. At least, that was my experience with this book.
Tomine is best known for his comic book series "Optic Nerve" and his graphic novel "Shortcomings" as well as numerous other books, but he's also been a continuous contributor to the New Yorker magazine, supplying several covers and the occasional strip. These, along with sketches of snatched moments with strangers around the city, are collected here in a beautifully produced hardback with high quality thick paper.
The sketches are particularly good - Tomine includes a small note about the scene and the person within it like on the subway "this woman stared ahead, unmoving, smiling for 4 stops and then got off". Each drawing feels like a story in itself. The New Yorker drawings are absolutely gorgeous, Tomine's clean, precise style and eye for placement and angle making for an image that captures your attention instantly. There are also a few strips here, though not many, including a 3-page comic intro to the book which tells the story of the artist's first New Yorker party when he had just moved to the city. The strips are the kind of low-key yet thoughtful and interesting stories that Tomine fans love him for.
"New York Drawings" is a book containing portals into New York and for anyone who loves the city Tomine offers you a scene to step into, a person to imagine a conversation with, and a moment to lose yourself in. It is a wonderful tribute to an incredible artist and definitely worth buying and returning to again and again to include exquisite New York moments within your days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Drawings,
This review is from: New York Drawings (Hardcover)I don't read the New yorker and am not a huge fan of New York City but this book is gorgeous
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely quality,
This review is from: New York Drawings (Hardcover)I love coffee table hardcovers, it brings "sophistication" to my table. this book, even though no one reads the New Yorker in my country (that I know of), complements my other hardbound historical photographs books on my table.
5.0 out of 5 stars Adrian Tomine is so talented!!!,
This review is from: New York Drawings (Hardcover)If you're a fan this book is a must! This guy is so talented, and this book showcases that talent extremely well!
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful,
This review is from: New York Drawings (Hardcover)It's Adrian Tomine, so what can I say? If you know who he is, you probably love his work. This includes some stuff I've seen in the New Yorker including some of his movie posters. Great art if you're even the most casual fan.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful,
This review is from: New York Drawings (Hardcover)Every illustration is fantastic, and the book itself is very high quality. I've looked through it multiple times and every page makes me smile.
5.0 out of 5 stars great price and great book,
This review is from: New York Drawings (Hardcover)I bought this as a gift for my brother and it was easy to order and came quickly. The book was in excellent condition and exactly what i wanted!
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New York Drawings by Adrian Tomine (Hardcover - October 2, 2012)