Book Review: "Pop Painting: Inspiration and Techniques from the Pop Surrealism Art Phenomenon" by Camilla d'Errico

I have been a fan of Camilla d'Errico's art for years so I was SUPER excited to check out her book, Pop Painting: Inspiration and Techniques from the Pop Surrealism Art Phenomenon.  I was expecting the art included in the book to only be her own, but there were so many other artists that I love in there as well including Tara McPherson, Audrey Kawasaki, and Hikan Shimoda.  

This book was SO thorough, it covered many different painting techniques in it that I never even learned from taking art classes.  The section that covers actual painting lessons is the bulk of the book complete with step-by-step photos to help guide you along your way.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to paint, but don’t have the time or funds to take art classes, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book.  It highly exceeded my expectations in content and honestly in size also, I thought I’d be getting a thinner book and what I received was more along the size of a textbook with over 200 pages of beautiful illustrations and valuable information.

The section that I feel could have been elaborated on more was Chapter 12: Passion to Profession which talks about being a professional artist and showing your work.  It had valuable information, but I just wish that it was longer and more thorough because I think that getting your work in front of other people is extra tricky and requires a lot of guidance.  I’m not giving this book a lower rating for leaving me wanting more, perhaps Camilla d’Errico will come out with another book later on covering this subject more in depth.  The value in the technique section alone makes this book worth its weight in gold.  Highly informative and the photos in the book are so gorgeous that I have a hard time keeping myself from cutting them out to hang on our walls, even my boyfriend fell in love with the illustrations and we never see eye to eye on artwork. 

I give this book a 10 out of 10 rating, whether you are an aspiring artist or you just enjoy Pop Surrealism, this is a great addition to any art lover’s library. 


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.