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October 21, 2009 / Phil

New Book Gives Advice to Young Illustrators


Steve Heller, in his blog for 2009.10.21 mentions a new book for up-and coming illustrators by famed illustrator R.O. Blechman, he of the squiggly line. Here’s what Steve says:

“For those illustrators who feel abused and misunderstood, and those non-illustrators who feel like reading a modern day version of Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, R.O. Blechman’s Dear James is for you. In fact, it is an “indispensible tool,” as Blechman notes, “for any up-and-coming creative person.”

In this candid and witty volume (Blechman’s second book published this year), the artist shares a career’s worth of advice and wisdom offered to an imaginary illustrator named James. His correspondence to this young man will likely be familiar to anyone who has offered advice to hungry wannabes. Blechman (self-portrait below) urges James to reach his potential and fight on against the pushback of Philistine editors and art directors. I had this kind of mentorship when I started out. Everyone should. And this book is a boon for those who cannot find the real thing.”dear_james


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