Ace In Space

Lgbtqia art book

Non-Fiction - Art/Photography
247 Pages
Reviewed on 04/24/2022
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Ace In Space is a work of non-fiction in the art subgenre. It is intended for the general art-appreciating audience and was put together by creator and artist Isabel Scheck. As the title suggests, the work focuses on a particular aspect of the LGBTQIA+ community by examining a-spectrum identities, for example, those of asexual and aromantic people. Celebrating flags of all kinds within this spectrum, the work shows everyday objects as well as more ethereal drawings, patterns, and mandalas to celebrate each identity in its own right and offer something for everyone to relate to and engage with. The result is a charming work that many viewers will find joy in.

Artist Isabel Scheck takes the theme of space and applies its many meanings to her work in this fabulous book that would certainly sit well on the coffee table of any LGBTQIA+ household for those meditative moments when we just need to lose ourselves in some peaceful artistry. I really appreciated the celebratory message of inclusivity of a-spectrum people in the queer community, and Scheck really has thought of every identity when constructing her work. The jellyfish portraits were some of my particular favorites, as well as the more graphically inclined works (the pansexual skull pattern really caught my eye, I’d love one of those on my wall!). Overall, Ace In Space is a gorgeous showcase of work from a very promising and inclusive artist and a book that will certainly earn its place on the shelf of art enthusiasts everywhere.

Jamie Michele

Ace In Space: Lgbtqia art book by Isabel Scheck showcases Scheck's art in a sequel to her first art book on the same theme, Ace of Arts. Scheck describes the work as containing the different aspects of asexual, aromantic and other a-spec identities within the LGBTQ+ community as a whole. There are definitely aspects that are communal like page 69's rainbow heart and page 109's beautifully crafted jellyfish against a rainbow background. Others are more nuanced, like the sixteen different colored ducks, one on each page, from pages 164 to 179. Scheck identifies the work as abstract, which is definitely accurate in its use of block primary colors and a computer medium.

I'll be the first to admit that I do not know what LGBTQ+ computer art looks like in the format Isabel Scheck uses in Ace In Space, but will defer to their interpretation. Visual art is personal and one person's cartoon is another's Picasso. Scheck's illustrations are simple and come across with the youthfulness of a budding artist finding their way in a world with many facets. This youthfulness is fully realized in the final piece of art Scheck includes in the book that is also my favorite: a girl facing away from the viewer, her hair in two very long and tousled braids with hearts decorating the plaits. I viewed this personally as an encapsulation of the next generation turning their backs on the antiquated points of view of the prior generation, looking forward to a bright new future of absolute inclusion and acceptance. Very well done!

Asher Syed

Ace In Space by Isabel Scheck is a compilation of the maker's original LGBTQIA+ computer art. Scheck employs a bold color palette with a deep nod to the symbolic rainbow and the work is varied in color and scope. While all are the work of Scheck, some vary only slightly with a different selection of color gradients on either the same page or in a series. For example, one collection has eight different versions of the same suitcase containing mushrooms, each in an A6 size [four to a page]. However, the color schemes change from one to the next. All told, Scheck presents over two hundred pieces of their work in this second installment of an art series.

Ace In Space allows viewers to see the way an artist presents their craft in an accessible format that might otherwise be difficult. The prevalence of digital artists is growing by the day, but books that represent the art of members of the LGBTQIA+ community, while also growing rapidly, are still in the minority as of Isabel Scheck's publication. I enjoyed the use of stylized color and the diversity of patterns. It would have been extremely helpful to be able to refer to a table of contents, but otherwise, the manner in which Scheck pulls us into the digital studio works. Art is entirely subjective and, as with art old and new, readers will have to decide if it is to their own taste. That said, Scheck bares her soul in the anthology of Ace In Space and it is a wonderful collection in my opinion.

Pikasho Deka

Ace in Space is a mesmerizing collection of digital artwork by Isabel Scheck. With a vibrant mix of colors and drawings that cover a wide spectrum of designs and subject matter, Scheck's collection focuses on the diverse set of identities that fall under the LGBTQ+ community, hoping to raise awareness and celebrate their unique and rich cultures. The drawings cover a vast range of ideas and concepts, and you get a sense that a lot of those feelings stem from the intimate and personal touch of the artist. It truly feels like Isabel Scheck put effort and personal feelings into each piece. Each drawing conveys a unique message and portrays distinct moods and feelings to the viewer.

Isabel Scheck's enthralling collection of digital artwork includes a broad array of abstract ideas, experimental designs, and colors that pop out of the pages and lay a mark on your soul. Ace in Space is an art book that any art enthusiast will appreciate. The fact that it represents the wide spectrum of identities that make up the LGBTQ+ community only adds more gravity and meaning to each piece. In Scheck's own words, the collection was drawn during a one-year timespan between March 2021 and March 2022 and meant to bring a bit of positivity to the world. Seeing the 355 pieces, I would say that the task was thoroughly accomplished. If you consider yourself an art aficionado who wants to show some love to the LGBTQ+ community, I highly recommend Ace in Space.

Lois Henderson

Ace in Space, by Isabel Scheck, is an intriguing collection of 355 pieces of the visual artist’s digital art that she drew in just over a year, from March 2021 to March 2022. Her desire to encourage a spirit of positivity is paramount in this compilation of work. From the very start, we are made aware of Scheck’s outlook on life, as she proudly affirms “Aces are LGBTQIA+”, setting her work well within the context of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual positive movement. Each full-color, uncaptioned artwork takes up an entire page, enabling us to focus on each piece one at a time. This enables us to appreciate the full impact of her work, both in terms of its own merits, and as part of a composite whole, reflecting the multidimensionality of the artist’s vision.

Isabel Scheck’s Ace in Space reflects her enjoyment of the digital medium, as she experiments with the vibrancy of different colors, frequently repeating the same design, but using a variant range of colors in each work, so that the whole gains a totally different emphasis and mood. Scheck’s multidimensionality contributes to the wealth of her work, with it clearly being informed by such artists as Yasmin Benoit and Lois Van Baarle (Loish). Her frequent use of the heart symbol, and her focus on clothing and animal life, as well as on other aspects of the natural world rendered abstract, reveal parts of her artistic personality that should appeal to many, but especially to fellow members of the LGBTQIA+ community, from which she comes.