Today, Thursday's Three brings you a trio of published or forthcoming art titles.
✦ Hirameki: Draw What You See (Thames & Hudson, March 2016) ~ Peng + Hu's color-illustrated Hirameki — Japanese for "flash of inspiration" or "brainwave" — is for artists looking for a creative spark and doodlers of any age. Their 192-page book, which the publisher describes as "an ingenious take on the Rorschach Inkblot Test", comprises blots and splashes in ink, watercolor, and red wine that users can transform into drawings or blot-to-blot scenes. Prompts and hints are included in the book's seven sections to "guide progress" or to just have fun by letting your imagination take you where it will.
Watch this video to get an idea of what's inside.
✦ Fragile Beasts Coloring Book (Cooper Hewitt, July 26, 2016) ~ Published in conjunction with the exhibition "Fragile Beasts", on view through January 16, 2017, at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The 96-page coloring book features a selection of grotesques — from serpents and dragons, to chimeras and gargoyles — that have been adapted as line drawings by designer Magali An Berthon from the 16th Century and 17th Century prints and drawings on exhibit.
✦ Hugh Steers: The Complete Paintings (Visual AIDS, February 2016) ~ The first book about the figurative painter Hugh Steers, who died of AIDS, age 32, in 1995, the 248-page volume features more than 600 full-color images of Steers's paintings on canvas and paper. The artist described his work as being in the tradition of "artists whose work embodies a certain gorgeous bleakness."