And now for something completely different.
William Low’s work involves details, details and more details. This offering is for the young reader who loves trucks and machinery. It does not disappoint. Following the pattern he introduced in Machines Go To Work, the straight-talkin’ text introduces a piece of machinery and ends with a question. The question is answered when the reader opens a gate-fold which reveals the answer to show (and tell) more about the machinery.
Rich, saturated hues focus the eye on the city machines and the men and women fixing what is broken. The gate-folds are impeccably designed, making it a challenge to see where the flap begins and ends. The final scene of the New York City night skyline involves two folds that open to create a spectacular plane’s-eye view.
William Low has used acrylics and oils as well as digital work in his many books. As far as I can tell, digital art is featured here. (I could find no reference to the medium in the book or on the illustrator’s website, but one of the Amazon review blurbs identified it at digital.) One thing I really appreciate about Low’s work is that you really can’t tell HOW it was created. The brushstrokes, however they are made, add depth, life, and create delicious shadows. I love the details he includes, the texture he accomplishes and the love he has for the city and the machines that keep it humming.
There has been a lot of chatter over the past few years about digitally-created art. Does it matter to you how art is created? Should it matter to the committee?