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Process Recess Volume 1: The Art Of James Jean Hardcover – April 19, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: AdHouse Books (April 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972179461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972179461
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Part of a new breed of visual artists operating somewhere between the realms of cartooning and traditional fine-art illustration, Jean has yet to publish any actual comics, but his award-winning covers for comic books such as Fables have put him on the map nonetheless. Much of his best work leaps from pure illustrative representation to the bold simplicity of old comic strips, seemingly within a single line. This collection is a sampling of the last five years' worth of his rough sketchbook drawings (images overlapping each other, notes to self and diary entries scribbled on the page), as well as his most impressive finished pieces-notably the "Recess" series of digitally manipulated, enormously unsettling images of school. Chris Ware's sketchbooks seem to be as big an influence on Jean as Robert Crumb's were on Ware's. He often starts by catching poses on the fly in public places, then lets his attention wander to a meticulous depiction of the setting's architecture. Most of the juice in Jean's work, though, comes from conflating hyperreal and surreal elements: impossible, grotesque images drawn with a manga-derived hardness, or rendered casually in a way that catches the subtleties of skin texture and loose-hanging cloth.
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This book is small, but very worth it.
Carlos Taylor
If you know his work at all, you will love this book, if you dont, look him up on the net or just take a chance with this, you will most likely love it.
R. Brunelle III
This book is actually very small, but contains a distillation of James's earlier works.
Daiz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Brunelle III on April 14, 2006
When i first opened the box that contained this book, the Fed Ex guy was barely out the door, i was pretty excited, but i was instantly unsure of myself when i saw the format of the book. Small and thick. I started doubting that this was a good deal. I have been purchasing a lot of art books lately, and most are the large format books with huge pages.

About a minute into flipping the pages of it though, all my fears and uncertainty were put to rest. This is a wonderful book. It is jam packed with art. Drawings, pencil, ink, paintings, mixed media, lots of finished pieces, but also lots of pages right out of his sketchbook. These sketchbook pages give you an intimate look at the artists work, you can see lots of ideas flowing, and that he fills every page with them. Being able to look at a fellow artists sketchbook is a very eye opening experience for anyone because you get to see the things that they do that dont necessarily make it into a gallery showing, or on a website, this is raw. I love that on some of the pages accompanying a nicely worked figure drawing, was a quickly written list of things he had done on that day, such as go to a gallery, and watch. " a beautiful mind." Again, just a peek into the life of this artist. Not only that, but he gives you a look at which materials he uses to create his works, from certain paints and mediums, to his cotton weaved sketchbook.

If you know his work at all, you will love this book, if you dont, look him up on the net or just take a chance with this, you will most likely love it.

I have shown it to a few of my artist friends and they have all inquired as to where they can get a copy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fred Nanson on September 1, 2005
I first noticed James Jean's art on the covers of the Fables TPBs and I couldn't forget some of them. Beautiful paintings.

So I decided to try this book but I had no idea how talented this guy is!

What you get is 200 pages of pure beauty. Whether it's a sktetch, a painting, a collage or a writing, everything is gorgeous with details everywhere that makes you go back as soon as you have turned a page.

Yes the format of the book is quite small but it's a nice object and you get A LOT for your money here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daiz on December 4, 2011
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This book really should go back in print. As a huge James Jean fan myself, i willing bought a second hand version for a few hundred dollars. I know.. I know.. very pricey decision but i thought it was all worth it. This book is actually very small, but contains a distillation of James's earlier works. It really gives you an insight into his ideas and developments during the earlier stages of his career, and let me just say that this guy was indeed incredibly talented. His sketches and earlier works reflect a surrealism and cross culture influence that is still prevalent in his newer and more refined works today. To sum up this book

" Today i continue to struggle with the shape of things, imagined and invisible, to condense the spectrum of experience into technicolor. My conviction wavers: A step forward, a step back, indeterminate future and past- there is PROCESS, and there is a RECESS" - James Jean

thus the title Process Recess.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Taylor on July 2, 2006
This book is small, but very worth it. It shows us how the artist thought and serves as a journal of places and ideas. He uses both sides of the book as if it were one large page. Mixes pen & ink with painted work, life drawings with imagined ones. It shows artist how anything goes and they should try different things.He is a great artist and this is a sketch book of what it must have been when he was a student.
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I am a huge fan of James Jean, I was very excited about purchasing this book. When I got it, I opened it, I did know It was a small book but I was disappointed about the quality paper. the printing quality is not good enough, you barely see the shapes and the excellent imagination of James Jean but not in great quality. It's a gorgeous book but the printing quality should me the best for the prices it cost…
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