For the collector's edition, I wanted to maintain the idea of making this book accessible to as many people as possible. With that in mind I have created a limited number of books with an original sketch on the second page. An example of this sketch can be seen in the photos underneath.
Ordered this book right away, with the original sketch inside - Dorian, you have the gift my friend. What a special, special collection you have created with this - nicely done my friend. There is a certian easy, yet strong flow to your work. Your sense of light and shadow are spot on. Thank you for sharing this with us.
"Got your book Saturday, Dorian...fabulous! It will be a treasured part of my art library. Thank you, and best wishes for continued success."
"I received your book today! it is "Magnificent". I love it. Thank you so much!!!!"
You approach your work with honesty, dedication, and love. Because of this, and your clear sense of direction, you must succeed. Congratulations on realizing each of these drawings, and the book to bring them all together. Much luck.
It's spectacular and I feel so lucky to have one of your signed copies.
The layout is terrific. Very sensitive use of type and color.
The drawings are, of course, amazing too. Many of them have a Maxfield Parrish feel in terms of color style, yet in a more free-flowing 21st century way. These days I get very frustrated at all the Adobe Illustrator-generated vector graphics. There's simply nothing that compares with the personal touch of hand-drawn lines, shading, and use of color.
I just received my collector's copy of "Drawings Inspired by Life" and it is gorgeous! Beautiful art and inspiring in its own right. Love the sketch. What medium is the girl's dress rendered in? I think my favorite drawing is on page 37. I see a mermaid when I look at it!
"Dorian; Checked the mail very late tonight..(2:15AM here) and was very happy to find your beautiful book of drawings. Of course I'll be awake most of the night as I am spending time with each page. Thank you!"
Dorian, Thank you. I recieved your beautiful book and with your original drawing inside. Just oneof my treasured possessions. You are a very inspirational & generous man . Thanks Sarah::))
I love your work,
Simply amazing! I cant tell you how excited I was to finally get that book in my hands and the added surprise is wonderful! Thank you so much you sweet soul! Muah!!!
Dorian thank you for the inspiration you set for ME as an up and coming artist. It is the inspiration of knowing that I can create work that I love that hopefully will reach the outside art world. Although I am still a senior in college and working on my degree in fine art, seeing what you do and continue to do, gives me hope as an artist. I will be purchasing your book and hope to one day meet the man who put so much time and effort into it in order share his story with the world. Congratulations on your book and I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful paintings and drawings. Know that what you do makes a difference to someone like me. Thank you Dorian.
The book has arrived! It's beautiful!
Great B/W photo of Liana and you in studio, and above all; your sincerity, "as an artist, there is an ever-increasing sensitivity to the world around us, and a desire to create work in a way that reflects that sensitivity" , "Quality=Interest"....
Great book Dorian!! Thanks for the kind personal note! Can't decide whether to put it between my Dali and Sargeant books, or the Pontormo and Rembrandt. lol. I have some time to decide, it won't be in the bookcase for awhile yet. Very impressive my friend
Dorian, I received my book today and it is absolutely beautiful! You are truly a wonderful and talented person. Thank you for the special note...
I'm ordering another book with a drawing for a friend today. He looked at mine and said he has to have one.
Beautiful book, and thanks so much for the kind words. I will promote it shamelessly on my sites.
Drawings: Inspired by Life, Dorian Vallejo
Hardcover: 192 pages
ISBN-10 : 0984303405
For Dorian Vallejo, drawing is an integral part of the creative process. The drawings selected for this volume represent some of the work he does from life. They offer a glimpse of his art done solely for the pleasure of creative research and the visual expression of ideas.
In part, they owe their roots to the centuries old tradition of academic figure drawing. However, they are not a strict adherent of any school in particular. Instead, that tradition is used as a point of departure.
Here we view drawings that seek to capture visually, a distinct feeling, tone or mood. In some cases the figure is used in a symbolic manner, hinting at phases or streams of conscious awareness that are present as we trail off into sleep. In other cases the symbolism is a visual interpretation of the dual nature of our existence. Still, other drawings are experiments in movement and over lapping forms. Also represented, are several gestures that display the characteristic beauty inherent in the tangible expressions of rapid creation.
In this collection of drawings are many avenues of thought allowing for a view into the birth of ideas that may later become paintings. One consistently present element is Vallejo?s appreciation for the beauty of life and the feminine in particular. With rare exception his subjects in this volume are all women represented in the bloom of youth. There is a feeling that these beautiful young women who paused for a brief moment to be immortalized, in spite of the ever changing flux of life, will grace us with the memory of their essence, like the flowers of spring.
In every one of these drawings is clearly a mind wholly, completely and faithfully committed to the pursuit of excellence. This book, the first devoted to the artwork of Dorian Vallejo will be a treasured prize in the libraries of all who love art.