The Art of Loish

REVIEW: The popular animator and illustrator shares her art and some fascinating insights into her creative process.

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Our Verdict

Containing sketches, work-in-progress, early experiments and packed with beautiful art, this is a book to be treasured.

For

  • Breathtaking artwork
  • Practical tips
  • Covers artist's process and evolution

Against

A freelance animator and illustrator from the Netherlands with more than a million Facebook followers, this is Lois van Baarle's first art book. But it's by no means just a collection of her work. 

This 156-page coffee table book, which began as a Kickstarter project, carefully traces this talented artist's process and evolution, beginning with her first drawings as a child, through to early digital experiments and student projects, and on to her present-day client creations. Her evocative portraits of wide-eyed young women in particular take your breath away, with a combination of softness and intensity that makes her style truly unique.

The Art of Loish is full of practical advice

All this amazing art is accompanied with notes from Lois on her inspirations, her process, and even where things could have been done better. Packed with more practical advice than even some 'How to' books we've seen, she shares tips on everything from choosing colours to sketching characters, and much else in-between.

And of course, there's lots of eye-catching artwork, including early sketches, works-in-progress, storyboards and finished creations. Beautifully produced on matte paper and protected in a bespoke cardboard sleeve, this is a book to be treasured.

This article originally appeared in ImagineFX issue 141; buy it here.

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The Verdict

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out of 10

The Art of Loish

Containing sketches, work-in-progress, early experiments and packed with beautiful art, this is a book to be treasured.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specialising in design and technology. He was previously associate editor at Creative Bloq and deputy editor at net magazine, the world's best-selling magazine for web designers. Over two decades in journalism he's worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, Heat, Company and Bella.