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Friday 21 November 2014

Review: London Sketchbook

My heart beat out of my chest when I first laid eyes on this book. And its interior sent it galloping (don't you love it when that happens?).

In this follow-up to Paris Sketchbook, this visual treat by graphic designer and fashion artist Jason Brooks, sends readers straight to the streets of London ... to its iconic buildings and landmarks, yes, but also its stylish fashionistas - the bustling footpaths slick with rain, the breezy parks aflutter with pigeons and the prettiest of shops, tinkling with china, white and blue.

It's London at its most beautiful, most intimate, most intricate--with scenes from the inside of some of the world's most beautiful restaurants, to exclusive peeks behind the scenes during Fashion Week.

A world leader in lifestyle and style illustration, Jason gives us a rich variety of illustration styles in London Sketchbook. Monochromatic prints (in hot pink, no less), line-drawings with a pop of colour, loose sketching, detailed watercolour, typographic works and block colour negatives.

All are sheer visual delight, and his notes on most pages are also fascinating to read, offering a glimpse into his London experiences.

Sliced into chapters such as Architecture, Food + Drink, Shopping, Fashion and The Street, London lovers will sigh with pleasure, and London wannabes will be booking a ticket. Ideal for armchair travel but also for those studying illustration and fashion drawing.

Watch our for New York Sketchbook - out 2016.

Title: London Sketchbook
Author/Illustrator: Jason Brooks
Publisher: Laurence King, $39.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 November 2014
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781780674100
For ages: 8+
Type: Picture Book