Treasure Found

An Art Journey

Non-Fiction - Art/Photography
143 Pages
Reviewed on 02/18/2023
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Author Biography

Cinthia James is a passionate creative who illustrates work under the name A Tale of Art. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California. Cinthia currently resides in Berlin, Germany and has lived in the USA and Switzerland.

She has developed her skills in illustration and pattern design by establishing an art process with activities to practice and create new work which is highlighted in her book Treasure Found. Her illustration aesthetic is distinguished by a playful sophistication with the use of vibrant colors and a touch of naivety infusing her subject matter with an eclectic beauty.

Cinthia’s work has been profiled in Uppercase’s Surface Pattern Design Guide. She is a fashion fan and loves music, especially K-pop, with her number one group being ATEEZ.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Sometimes people involved in creative endeavors can hit a roadblock that prevents them from finding inspiration. In Treasure Found: An Art Journey, illustrator and pattern design artist Cinthia James offers potential creative artists a glimpse into her creative process and search for inspiration ranging from fashion, art, and entertainment to the K-pop musical group ATEEZ. She advises readers to start with the most significant aspect of any creative process: "What do you Love?" This book can be a guide to starting your artistic process, ensuring a continuous stream of inspiration and a visible improvement in your work. You will be able to discover and define your style and feel confident in your art while learning the fundamentals of graphic design, the process of creating in a series and outlining your work, negating self-doubt, and avoiding procrastination.

Cinthia James provides some deep and helpful insights into the process of creating art. She believes in the benefits of placing some constraints on your ideas to sharpen your focus and push your creativity, having a clear and concise vision while creating an idea, and breaking down projects into smaller components. James also explains the key differences between style and concept, inspiration and influence, and shows the application of grids, creative briefs, mood boards, and many other aspects of creating art. I was impressed by how many of James's ideas are not just bound to the realm of illustration or pattern designs but can be applied to other artistic media such as music, writing, and poetry. Treasure Found is truly a book for all the creatives out there.