Picture This by Lynda Barry
The Near-sighted Monkey Book

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A series of portraits by the creator of What It Is features a myopic monkey protagonist and includes pieces originally painted on typed science and arithmetic notes from the 1920s, in a collection that follows her everyday and fantastical routines
Title: Picture This
Author: Barry, Lynda/ Kawula, Kevin (ILT)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: 2010/11/09
Number of Pages: 224
Binding Type: HARDCOVER
Library of Congress: bl2010027998

About Lynda Barry

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Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator, and teacher, and found they are very much alike. She lives in Wisconsin.
Published November 9, 2010 by Drawn and Quarterly. 204 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels. Non-fiction

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Her latest book, PICTURE THIS (Drawn & Quarterly, $29.95), taps into something more elemental — the fuzzy-wuzzy part of the brain that sees elephants in clouds (or in this case, rabbits in water stains) — and asks, “Do you wish you could draw?” In more than 200 pages of riotously distinc...

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By focusing on drawing as directly as the first book did on writing, this ornately visual book shows the fruits of Barry's practice on every page even as it makes her methods overtly accessible.

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Barry recreates this experience with water color and brushes on notebook paper, lifting familiar shapes out of otherwise formless blobs, just as ancient fishermen imagined the shapes of the constellations.

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And what happens to drawing when we think we don’t draw anymore—because most people say, Oh my drawing’s so terrible, I really can’t draw.

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