Ace of Arts

An Art Book

Non-Fiction - Art/Photography
140 Pages
Reviewed on 04/10/2021
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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite

The initial paintings express their meaning without words. About a third of the way into Ace of Arts: An art book, Isabel Scheck changes tack with “Ace and Into Hugging”, “Ace and tired as hell”, “Ace and part of the LBGTQA+ Community” and others. Shockingly, they are followed by clusters of duller paintings where only the words stand out. These gradually lighten into acceptance and joy, but it doesn’t last. The colors darken again until misery becomes fear. An intriguing series of arguments follow expressed by a snake drawn in different colors. Ace of Arts is skillfully designed. Open it looking for a spectacular treat and they are there in plenty, including a “pretty” picture that becomes a whirling vortex.

Every painting comprising the collection Ace of Art by Isabel Scheck is signed “Izzy” As in You’re Perfect to Me, a poetry book I had the privilege of reading in 2020. Isabel Scheck is instantly a friend, someone you do not know and yet feel is familiar, and it is a fascinating technique that succeeds in both books. Ace of Arts expresses moods effectively in many shades of the spectrum, but it is no surprise, given the color of the cover, that purple reigns supreme. It even pops up on a frog declaring support for the LBGTQA+ Community. “People” are not included but there is a selection of outfits from the shoulders to the shoes that left me wondering if the style depicted would be “Izzy’s” choice of footwear. Ace of Arts: An art book by Isabel Scheck is an essential treasure.

Vincent Dublado

Ace of Arts is Isabel Scheck’s collection of personal artwork. After publishing a considerable number of works of fiction, she opens up to her readers in an avenue of visual expression. Scheck has been doing art for more than eight years, beginning with traditional hand drawing and moving up to digital art. This book highlights her 160 digital art pieces made between August 2020 to February 2021. These are simple artworks that celebrate positivity under the spectrum of social identity and freedom of choice. They range from a play of colors in abstract that you can identify in the pride flag, as well as images of LGBTQ intimacy, and they all touch on the idea of relationship and self-definition. These are clearly deep, personal artworks, as Scheck even dabbles with color experimentation on a single artwork and projects it in varied modes of thought such as her tree python art.

Scheck’s artwork is still on the periphery but has something that qualifies in examining personal experience in gender identity. Her hybridization of traditional hand drawing and digital art amplifies the unity between art and life. The plainness of her style is what makes them look appealing as there are no traces of an ostentatious style. She has crafted splendid artworks in her own humble way, and perhaps this is her reward for the psychological profiling that she intended for them. It is a sumptuous color feast that is easy to digest, and there is plenty of context in their abstractions. Take the time to peruse Ace of Arts, and perhaps you too will find some aesthetic merits in Scheck’s visual articulation.

Lesley Jones

Ace of Arts by Isabel Scheck asks what is the meaning of love? Is one form of love more meaningful than another? It is important to remember that love doesn't have to involve a physical relationship in order to be recognized. This collection of both abstract and creative images celebrates the broad spectrum of relationships that form the LGBTQ+ community. In today's society, a person's right to love and build relationships with whomever they choose should not be cloaked with judgement but cherished. Isabel's compilation of emotive artwork symbolizes the varying forms that love and relationships can take and the power that freedom of expression brings to society. Often, the LGBTQ+ community is grouped together under one umbrella who share a similar culture and who campaign for social rights and acceptance. The collection not only addresses the right to express love but also highlights the problems of homophobia, lack of awareness, and education around the LGBTQ+ community.

Ace of Arts by Isabel Scheck is truly a remarkable collection of powerful and poignant artwork. The images are vivid and relay the many negative and positive emotions experienced by the LGBTQ+ community, such as fear, judgement and criticism but also passion and happiness. I loved the overcoat collection; using the same image but with different shades of color was extremely effective as it represented the different forms that love can take. I also loved the family unit being represented, proving that children can thrive just as healthily with LGBTQ+ parents. Another powerful image for me was the aces represented in the deck of cards which was simple but so profound. The skeleton artwork was a fantastic reminder that we are all human beings who share a common desire to build meaningful and emotional relationships. I adored this collection. Isabel is an extremely talented visual artist.

Jon Michael Miller

In Ace of Hearts, Isabel Scheck says she intends her art pieces to “spread some positivity,” meaning especially among the LGBTQIA+ community. Her book is a collection of 160 artworks, with almost no commentary except what could be used as posters or cards. They are in brilliant digital form, with which Ms. Scheck has been working for the past three years. Some pieces depict couples or individuals while others are purely design, often repetitions with color variations. A number have messages such as “Ace and into Hugging” and “Grey Ace and Part of the LGBTQIA+ Community.” Some have various types of couples kissing and snuggling. There is zero graphic sexuality, and nothing hard or crass. Taken together, the images project acceptance, kindness, loving, innocence, and friendship. Some are simply portraits. And all are spectacularly colored.

As an SSM (senior straight male), for me this book served to finally engage my brain with what has been happening in what I used to think was a simple line between straight and gay/lesbian. I had seen other abbreviations, but pretty much ignored them. But due to Isabel’s gorgeous and often symbolic art, I have discovered that people are carefully examining their precise sexual identities. This is a great thing that has been happening because it allows those who do not fit into the old narrow boundaries and thus feel lost and alone, to understand themselves, accept, and find like-minded partners. Isabel Scheck in Ace of Hearts (in which ACE stands for Asexual of which several varieties exist) does exactly as she espouses, “spreads some positivity around” through depiction and color rather than words. It’s a perfect coffee table book and will open apathetic eyes, as mine have been. And for those with eyes already opened, Ace of Hearts by Isabel Scheck will be a joy to page through.

Astrid Iustulin

Colorful art is one of the best ways to inspire optimism in those who look at it, and when coupled with valuable messages, it becomes impossible to resist it. With the collection of drawings in Ace of Arts, Isabel Scheck fully achieves this goal. This talented artist has been doing artwork for eight years and digital artwork for three. Ace of Arts is Scheck's artistic tribute to the LGBTQ+ community. It gathers 160 art pieces drawn from August 2020 to February 2021 with the purpose of spreading positivity.

When artworks have colors as strong and bright as Ace of Arts, the artist definitely has a positive impact on people. All those who have the patience and the pleasure of leafing through the pages of Scheck's book will be favorably impressed. The abundance of color and the immediacy of the messages that the images convey give you a sense of fulfillment. Each type of image has its own distinctiveness that enriches the book with meaning and value. The abstract pictures put you in a good mood with their bright colors, while the drawings with words clarify the message of the entire collection. However, it is the genuineness of feelings in the artwork representing people that really appeals to you. They portray normal situations but make you understand the characters' emotions in a way that it is impossible not to sympathize with them. Overall, Isabel Scheck has offered us a heartfelt and delightful collection that expresses in pictures what it is not as effective to say in words.

Foluso Falaye

Ace of Arts is a collection of artworks that depict the different sides of ace-spec identities, including demisexual and greysexual, among other a-spec identities within the LGBTQ+ community. They are mostly pictures of people, couples, animals, nature, and designs with vibrant and diverse colors. Most of the pictures don't have words, except the author's signature. However, some pictures have a few painted words, like "Ace and Part of the LGBTQIA+ community" and "Here, Queer, and Filled with Fear". Some patterns and words are repetitive, with different colors and identities acknowledged on each page. With eight years of experience in art and three years in digital art, Isabel Scheck presents 160 outstanding and gorgeous art pieces that were drawn by them from August 2020 to February 2021.

As every color and pattern is beautiful and unique in Ace of Arts, every a-spec and LGBTQ+ identity deserves to be acknowledged and respected as distinctive and beautiful. The way the colors and patterns combine to create a colorful and appealing picture suggests how these different identities can coexist to make up the full diverse experience of life. Love is represented as a pleasant, joyful experience through paintings of couples sharing and giving their unique selves to each other in serene and natural settings. I didn't know so many identities existed before reading Ace of Arts, but the experience of discovering something new every time I looked at the pictures showed me the value of being open to new experiences. I recommend Isabel Scheck's book to all as it enlightens readers about different ace-spec and LGBTQ+ identities and reveals that, no matter our identities, we are all humans who deserve love and respect.

Romuald Dzemo

Ace of Arts: An Art Book by Isabel Scheck is a collection of artwork by the author, who has been doing art for the past 8 years. She started with drawing traditionally and then moved into digital art. This book features 160 art pieces and they are not only beautiful but inspirational. The reader is greeted with the image of a glowing woman as they open the book, a look that is calm and steady. One would read confidence on her face. Then other images capture instances from real life, presenting people kissing, cuddling, embracing, hugging, and more. Then there are symbolic drawings reflecting nature, space, the thorax, and even animals like the frog.

Thematically, these drawings are inclusive and they will have a strong appeal to non-binary people, bisexuals, and fans of art that promotes LGBTQ. I loved the way the author uses inspiring colors that are calming. They are mixed in the drawings and there are some drawings that are designed to communicate a deep sense of quietude and tranquility. This collection captures strong romantic moments and creates forms with colors that are soul-stirring. It is a gorgeous collection filled with interesting stories and symbolic, somewhat nuanced messages. Ace of Arts: An Art Book is a gorgeous offering for fans of art, and the author revels in LGBTQ themes, creating luscious images that explore intimacy, friendship, love, and family. Isabel Scheck captures a beautiful vision in her work and I enjoyed the powerful message it conveys, the message to accept everyone as they are.