Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman

I happened to see this short book in the new books section at the library. I’m a big fan of Neil Gaiman for many reasons, and picked it up just because it had his name on it.

Designer: Chip Kidd

Published: 2013

Genre: graphic design/speech

Length: 80 pages

Summary: Short version: Gaiman’s commencement speech to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia

Long version: Kidd has taken Gaiman’s commencement speech and presented the words in a graphically interesting manner. The speech talks about Gaiman’s history in becoming a successful writer. He provides a few pieces of advice to aspiring artists. He closes by mentioning how the publishing world is changing so rapidly, no one knows what the rules will be. So, you can go out and make your own rules and make your own art.

Final thoughts: The first thing you notice in this book is the visual aspects.  The book is done in turquoise, red, and white with everything from a full page of words to just a few on a page. The graphical design slowed me down and made me think about what I was reading instead of just rushing through all the words. That’s a good thing because Gaiman has a great advice for anyone thinking of making some art. You need to be confident about yourself and make the art you want to. Not everyone will like your stuff, but that’s OK. Don’t make stuff just for money, because if you don’t get paid you’ve got nothing from that project. And so on and so forth.  It’s a perfect book for the aspiring artist in your life.

Title comes from: “Make good art” is the closing phrase of Gaiman’s speech.

Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this was so short

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