Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Book Review: I Just Like To Make Things
For Christmas, I received the book I Just Like To Make Things Learn The Secrets To Making Money While Staying Passionate About Your Art And Craft by Lilla Rogers. Its was a book that was on my Christmas (wish) list from the first moment I saw it advertise in a magazine. So needless to say, I was super de duper excited when I found it under the tree.
After reading the book from cover to cover, I thought it would be fun to write a review.
I Just Like To Make Things is a book about how to become a successful artist while still loving your craft and keeping your sanity. The book is divided into five chapters that cover topics like how to hone in on your creative passion, how to stay inspired, the secrets to success, dealing with psychological stuff, understanding different markets and setting goals.
Besides the artist interviews, there were also interviews with big name companies. These companies talked about what they looked for when searching for new artwork/artists and gave their own personally advice.
The only problem that I had and some others might have with the book, is the exercises. Now the exercises themselves are great the problem is some of the exercises ask you to cut things out. If you were to cut these things out, then you would be cutting out the information on the next page. I assume that some of these exercise are supposed to be scanned on a computer, printed out then played with. I just think that some people would find this whole process a little frustrating.
Personally, any exercise that I did in the book I did in my sketch book. That way I could come back and redo that exercise again in the future.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun and easy book to read that provided several pieces of useful information (regarding many aspects of being an artist).
Above is video that I found on Lilla Rogers's website. In the video she is being interviewed about the book and talks little bit about her creative background. If you want to learn more about I Just Like To Make Things or Lilla Rogers you can check out her blog here.
As always, have any of you read this book or do you have a craft book that you could recommend?
*All opinions are my own and this review is not being sponsored*