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Nach einem Aufenthalt in San Francisco habe ich mir dieses Buch aus Sehnsucht gekauft. Es enthält schöne Beobachtungen, die skizzenhaften Zeichnungen geben einen nahen Einblick in die Facetten der Stadt, es gibt viel zu Schmunzeln und viel zu lächeln. Ein schönes Buch für alle, die sich in San Francisco verliebt haben.
This is a light-hearted sketchbook from Wendy MacNaughton. She's an illustrator and a graphic journalist based in San Francisco.
The book is about A5 in size, slightly smaller. There are 176 pages. See that city view on the cover? The cover is can actually be folded out into a city view poster with additional pointers.
Collected within book are images of the city captured in a series of snapshot style sketches. You'll see sketches of people on the streets going about their daily chores, scenes from SF Public Library, SF Civic Centre Farmers' Market, Chinatown, the dogs and dog walkers, a burrito, bisons, signs and other aspects of the city.
I like the sketches done in casual ink and watercolour style. The people sketches are nice.
The sketches are accompanied by short observations of the people, some quotes, and what she sees.
The book description says MacNaughton spent months getting to know the people, but I don't get that impression from the book. It feels like people there don't like to talk much. They smile for their sketches though. A bus passenger remarked that his kids don't take the bus. Why? The Farmers' Market help the homeless. Where are the stories of the homeless? What do the members like about Dolphin Club? I was expecting more to read as I felt the book was lacking in depth.
I'm saying all that because I do like the art, but it's a wasted opportunity because the book could have been so much better with more detailed stories.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Among the many reasons I love Wendy MacNaughton's work: She has finally answered the question, "What shall I get ___ for their birthday/Christmas/whatever?"
MEANWHILE manages to have broad appeal while being really singular, really specific in its voice and take. And you don't have to be a San Franciscan to love it. It's about people, it's about the life spooling out all around us. A wonderful reminder that there are great, fascinating stories around every corner, wherever you are.
Delicate, thoughtful drawings engage the reader in exploring the less well known San Francisco. This is a look at the distinctive little people who sell things, make things, hang out, and opine on their lives in this fast changing city by the sea. Occasionally a travelogue, but mostly just meeting unique individuals where the artist finds them on the street and listening deeply. The line work is exquisite and the color luscious, especially in the close up portraits. Really stimulated my desire to go back to San Francisco and explore.