BOOK :: Mixed-Media Girls by Suzi Blu
by Suzi Blu
Review by Jenny Doh
I know a Suzi Blu work when I see it. From a mile away I know it. It's usually filled with an image of a pretty girl that is drawn, painted, and adorned with a style that is uniquely Suzi ... a style that defies pretenses and unabashedly marches to its own drum.
When you open her book, Mixed Media Girls, you get better acquainted with Suzi's style. In addition, you get informed and educated on her methods ... her substance. Yes, Suzi has style because of her substance that she has developed through years of study, observation, practice, and more practice.
From the detailed explanations of the materials and tools she uses, to how she draws eyes, lips, body, and every other little detail that make up a pretty little girl, she serves it all up through the first half of Mixed-Media Girls. After that, Suzi keeps you moving forward as she shows ways to create interesting and imaginative contexts for the pretty girls through very fun project-based mixed-media methods.
Mixed-Media Girls is written with a voice that is playful and quirky but never glib. It honors art not because of fancy rules or strict schooling, but because it is available for all, and because it is art when we decide to make it and dare to claim it and cherish it as part of who we are.
Bravo to Suzi Blu for authoring Mixed-Media Girls, a book with great style, substance, and depth.