Saturday, July 10, 2010

Primitive: Selected Drawings in Pixel, Pencil & Pen





Primitive
Selected Drawings in Pixel,
Pencil & Pen

by William Michaelian

Blurb (2010)

7 x 7 in. 80 pages.
Softcover: $34.95
Hardcover with dust jacket: $46.95


Another new book? Yes, I realize it’s crazy. In fact, as I stated here a couple of weeks ago, I wouldn’t have pursued it otherwise. Primitive, I’m pleased to say, turned out beautifully. I really love the result. The images are crisp, the details are clear, and the premium glossy paper lends a vivid new aspect to the drawings. With this book in my hands, the eighty mad portraits inside are real in a way they’ve never been before. Even I am more real.

The collection begins with a foreword, in which I describe the background and development of these drawings. Believe it or not, this odd “style” of mine can be traced to the 1930s.

Primitive is widely available and easy to order. What do you say? Or am I the only crazy one?


19 comments:

Crissant said...

WAW!!!!!!! How great is this!!!!
I`m happy for you ...but at the end it`s a gift for us :)
I need it!!!!!! I want it!!!!

:)

-K- said...

Congratulations again, William. I can't think of anyone who utilizes so many aspects of the blog world as you. You use it to create the work, to exhibit it and then as a means to advertise and distribute it.

And all without leaving the house.

William Michaelian said...

Crissant, your wonderful reaction is a gift to me..... Thank you!

Kevin, thanks. I guess I am sort of a mad scientist at the controls.....

Janice said...

William this is a "must have" so I ordered it!!! Can't wait to receive it...yea!!!

William Michaelian said...

Janice, that’s fantastic! Thank you. When the book arrives, I’d love to hear what you think. I’ve been delighted with the quality of the books I’ve ordered from Blurb, and they’ve always arrived in perfect condition. Thanks again!

Janice said...

I'll let you know William...promise :)

Woman in a Window said...

"...the eighty mad portraits inside are real in a way they’ve never been before. Even I am more real." How odd, isn't it? And yet I can only imagine. It is gorgeous. And too, I think about how I can show my son this. He is quite the artist. It will propel him. And while he is 8 and has plenty of time (I hope and presume) it might just be food enough.

And too, William, I was reading your book last night on the couch when Robert came in very late from work. He was tired and leaning forward, as we do when we have to put in effort to make our bodies work. The Sunlight on My Mother's Face. I had read it once before and couldn't quite get past it as it is so beautiful and holds such depth. I read it aloud to Robert very slowly, as I imagine you might. Neither he nor I could speak much after that. It was a very special moment. It reminded me of one other time when he and I read to one another. It was on his couch when we first met and we shared Walt Whitman. I do firmly believe your poem is every bit the enduring art, and perhaps with deeper breadth of spirit. I tell you this not to make you blush, although I believe you will, but because it is the truth.

xo
erin

(and too, A Broken Poem)

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Janice. You are hereby officially our “Blurb Spy.”

Dear Erin... and I feel that much more real after reading this. What moves me, what strikes me beyond the kindness and clarity of your comment, are these present-and-past images of you and Robert not only keeping poetry alive, but living as poetry itself. If my poem endures, it will be because of you and people like you.

rahina q.h. said...

congratulations on this new book William. I have just read your previous post and was with you all the way: yes i acquired a hat in Boston. the blistering heat and it is the life saver i needed. but now it's role is changing as it becomes a hiding place, a spying place. it is made of straw and is almost perfect... well as far as i am concerned it is perfect for me.

William Michaelian said...

Sounds good to me, Rahina. I’ve been following your updates from Boston, with all the heat and humidity and the roar of air conditioners.... sometimes it’s as if we’ve wandered onto the wrong planet, I think — until we find the right hat. That changes everything..... Thanks for dropping in and taking a look at Primitive.

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

:-)
is mine!!

have a nice sunday!

Elisabeth said...

Oh wonderful, William. I am back home now and when I find my wits I shall chase my copy up. Congratulations.

You're not mad just terribly successful and prolific.

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Laura!

Welcome back, Elisabeth, and thank you. I’m glad you arrived safely.

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razet said...

wow, really you are very good artists. I like your drawings. it is awesome. See my pencil sketches as well. how it is...........

William Michaelian said...

meyerprints and razet, thanks for visiting, and thanks for the links.

ALeks said...

So,the familiar faces got their own house finally!!How great is that!!
Lovely! I knew it is a good thing to do! Good luck selling them!!
Aleksandra

donnafleischer said...

I left this comment for you on FB but it really belongs here. I love your "Primitive" drawings book — beautiful hands you have, William, both to look at and to look at what they do. i am very moved by your self-portraits. a complex and difficult subject for many, so human, delicate, warm, delightful, perplexing, harrowing, sorrowful, at rest in the world, in your hands.

William Michaelian said...

Aleksandra, I’m glad Donna commented on this entry, because somehow I missed your nice greeting. This book is a kind of house — I like that idea. Thank you!

Donna, I must confess, “beautiful hands” is a compliment I rarely receive.... The poem you’ve written here — because it is much more a poem than a comment — has me looking at them again. And wondering. Thank you for this beautiful characterization of the book, and your generous characterization of its maker.