Picture This

Picture This

Book - 2009
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This endearing myopic monkey inhabits an everyday world, but one not without a supernatural charm; she is just as likely to appear at your doorway with a freshly baked pie as with her elephant-eared imaginary friend. "Nearsighted Monkey" collects a series of portraits in which the pleasant primate goes about her daily life alternately bundled up for her travels or lounging in slippers and a housecoat. She might drink all of your wine, or the last of the coffee, but all is forgiven upon her presentation of a perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Lynda Barry presents this remarkably familiar character in colorfully inked pages, sometimes painted upon typed science and arithmetic notes from the 1920s. Contrasted in this fashion, the monkey and her pursuits become much more substantial than the long-forgotten lesson plans they upstage. Similarly, they serve as a reminder of the playfulness so key to genuine learning and to a satisfying daily routine.
Publisher: Montréal, Quebec : Drawn and Quarterly, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781897299647
Characteristics: 224 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 23 cm


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Aug 21, 2016

It was decent, although so much of it felt like revamping of What It Is. In What It Is, Barry made the point that while it was targeted at writing, any other creative action could be taught in basically the same way. Here, she proves that, when it's already clear from What It Is.

Jul 05, 2016

Are you embarrassed you still draw like a child? Read this book and your problems are solved. The author says it's okay to be a bad artist. Look at her! She's built a hugely successful following telling readers it's okay to be childish. More pop psychology than graphic novel. Move over Homer Simpson.

Dec 13, 2015

Lots of fun, like a comic book version of The Artist's Way!

Aug 14, 2014

Fantastic! - From the publisher page: "Lynda Barry singlehandedly created a literary genre all her own: the graphic-memoir-how-to, otherwise known as the bestselling, the acclaimed, but most importantly, the adored and the inspirational What It Is. The R.R. Donelley and Eisner Award-winning book posed, explored and answered the question "Do you think you can write?" Now, with Picture This, Barry asks "Why do we stop drawing?" and "Why do we start?" It features the return of Barry's most beloved character, Marlys, and introduces a new one, the Nearsighted Monkey. Like What It Is, Picture This is an inspirational, take home extension of Barry's traveling, continually sold out, and sought after workshop, Writing The Unthinkable."

narutouzumaki485 Aug 02, 2012

weird but cool

theorbys May 31, 2012

A personal odyssey into the arts of drawing and calligraphy. Very good, and the near sighted monkey was perfect.

Nov 04, 2011

Man oh man, check it out Rita and Evette - exquisite incantation.

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