The Art of Loish: Behind the Scenes is the first art book by Lois van Baarle, an illustrator who works as a digital freelancer in Northen Europe. Since she had graduated from college in 2009, her work has bloomed on such sites as DeviantArt and has attracted a Facebook following of at least a million at last count.

In the book, Lois details out her growth as an artist from early beginnings to college and then as a professional digital illustrator.

In one of her chapters, Lois explained that even though she was a precocious artist growing up, she never thought that she could be a “real” artist in the traditional sense, and opted to originally to be an architect or interior designer.

What I really find the most enlightening is how she breaks down her sketching and painting processes from thumbnail rough sketches, to color studies all the way to photoshop post-color finishes. She also talks about her influences and how to get past creative blocks. She even has a tutorial to lead the reader through a beginning sketch all the way to a finished artwork.

As a digital artist, her eye-catching color rendering and line work are superb and I really love her style.The 152-page hardcover book is really well constructed with a solid binding, high-quality non-glossy paper and comes with a slipcase for storage.

If you are interested in more of her work I would head on over to her DeviantArt page and/or her blog: Here’s a beautiful pic from her blog to show how her style is similar/different from both

She also has a strong social media presence at:

and an interview on Youtube with Sycra:

Title: The Art of Loish: Behind the Scenes
Hardcover: 152 pages
Publisher: 3DTotal Publishing
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Language: English
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars (29 customer reviews on Amazon)

Amazon review:

Lois van Baarle is a freelance animator/illustrator from the Netherlands who graduated in 2009 from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht. Since then, her work has become very popular across the internet, with her Facebook followers closing in on one million and her Twitter account watched by over nineteen thousand eager eyes.

The Art of Loish is her first “art of” book, and will examine her inspirations while showcasing some of her early work. Following this, the reader will learn how she developed her very distinctive style and discover advice as she discusses her working methods, offering tips on a variety of techniques that she utilizes in her art every day!

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The Art of Loish: A look Behind The Scenes is available at Amazon

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