Take a bite out of art history!
Chloe Tyler explores the art styles of master artists from da Vinci to Basquiat in this tasty book for art lovers of all ages. Each pink frosted donut was created to show the techniques used by the artist and explore how artists have influenced each other over time. Every donut is paired with information about the artist, their art style, and what makes them unique. Cultured Donuts includes tips on how to try recreating the art styles of each artist and a glossary with defined terms.
This book is a reflection of the wide range of art techniques and styles Chloe has explored over the years, including acrylic and oil painting, charcoal drawing, mixed media, realism, abstract realism, portraiture, figure drawing, mural painting, character illustration, pattern making, printmaking, graphic design, animation, band art, event posters, and creative branding.
This enticing visual representation of the lives and work of famous artists opens with a table of contents that reads like a donut shop menu. Each donut represents the artistic style of a famous visual artist, incorporating basic details of the artist’s life and career. Every vignette and corresponding donut illustration includes a “Delicious Detail” about the artists and their work. Tyler’s artwork is incredible, combining her knowledge of fellow artists’ styles, her lush and detailed technique, and her humorous repetitive use of an illustrated pink frosted donut with colorful sprinkles. Readers will delight in the visuals while learning age-appropriate information about the artists, who represent a variety of eras; female artists include Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Tyler herself. She offers an encouraging letter to readers, a glossary, and technique suggestions for mimicking the artists featured in the book. Although the visual art is exceptional, the text lacks the excitement of the visuals, and often reads like the homework assignment of a high school student. VERDICT Despite a lackluster text, this is an eye-catching nonfiction addition to school and public library collections.
—Schol Library Journal
Chloe Tyler grew up in Cumming, Georgia, and hails from a lineage of artists. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in fine arts and graphic design, Chloe wanted to take on a project that would encourage her to spread her wings. This book is a reflection of the wide range of art techniques and styles she has explored over the years, including acrylic and oil painting, charcoal drawing, mixed media, realism, abstract realism, portraiture, figure drawing, mural painting, character illustration, pattern making, printmaking, graphic design, animation, band art, event posters, and creative branding. Chloe is not afraid of colors, particularly bright ones. In fact, rarely will you see her work without them. The vivid palettes she uses are indicative of her creative expression. She thinks and dreams in explosive colors and vibrant images. Chloe currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee working as an artist and graphic designer. She enjoys making artwork for bands all across Music City.