Item description for My Japanese Sketchbook (Sketchbooks) by Cloe Fontaine...
From kimonos to manga, this sketchbook offers a refreshing look at Japan in charming watercolors depicting temples in Kyoto and the striking modernist architecture of Tokyo, women in elaborate traditional kimonos and girls in eccentric pop culture fashions. This is Japan today, rendered by a watercolorist's eye in vibrant yet soothing poetry of color. My Japanese Sketchbook is a highly personal account of a country that exerts great fascination in the West. Fontaine's fresh text and contemporary sketches capture the essence of this land of contrasts and contradictions perfectly.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.79" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.79" Weight: 1.72 lbs.
Release Date May 7, 2004
ISBN 2080304348 ISBN13 9782080304346
Availability 0 units.
More About Cloe Fontaine
Cloe Fontaine is an architect whose final degree project, an examination of color schemes used in houses around the world, took her to all four corners of the globe. While studying in Japan, she compiled the watercolors that formed the basis of this book.
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Wonderfully depicts Japan, a country of contrasts Jun 16, 2007
Cloe Fontaine has managed to capture the contradictions inherent in modern Japan, a nation that is far advanced in the fields of technology and science, yet still retains elements of traditionality as reflected by the architecture, the respect towards the Imperial Family, and religion & culture. The artist's watercolors, modern collages, personal anecdotes, and even selection of traditional haikus captures both old and new Japan authentically.The sketchbook is divided into segments - Introduction, Architectures [I loved her detailed rendering of a traditional Japanese house], Customs & Costumes [the beauty and delicate intricacy of traditional Japanese attire such as the kimono], Scenery & Sagacity, and Modernity & Modern Cities [the young and their love of all things Western, as well as Japanese Manga]. The book is by no means comprehensive, but it is a visual delight that makes it a great addition to fans of the Sketchbook series.