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Art Matters

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  642 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Combining Neil Gaiman's extraordinary words with Chris Riddell's deft and striking illustrations, Art Matters will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art.

Neil Gaiman once said that 'the world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before'. This little book is the embodiment of that vision.

Drawn together from speeches, poe
Kindle Edition, 112 pages
Published September 6th 2018 by Headline
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Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The answer is not 42 after all. The answer to life, the universe and everything is:


Which of course may well be what Adam Douglas did, hitchhiking his way through the universe in a bombastic show of creative power. So 42 and "MAKE GOOD ART" could be seen as synonyms.

A mutated boa constrictor is harming you? Time for making good art.

This collection of passionate essays by Neil Gaiman and outrageously funny drawings by Chris Riddell will be my "Annoy-Everyone-Until -They-Read-It"-tre
Bookdragon Sean
"Make good art. I’m serious."

This is a collection of four essays, each forceful and energetic, that directly address why it is so important to read and write and, more importantly, they impress upon you why children should be doing it too.

This is not new material but has instead been published in various magazines and online publications, some of them even appeared in The View From the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction.

The essays are as followed:

1. Credo
2. Why Our Future Depends on Librari
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I needed this. Also Chris Riddell could stab me with a pencil and I'd thank him.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Come ON people !
Star Rating: 1,000,000 (5) STARS!

Because Your Imagination Can Change The World

“I suggest that reading fiction, reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do.”

I want to shout my love for and the the importance of this book from the rooftops. This book is everything .

Please if you do read this based upon on my review I’d really love to hear/ see your feedback. I’m just blown away.

PLEASE if you love books read this. If you are an author RE
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2, 5, september
A very quick read (I just read this in work, don't tell anyone) featuring some of Neil Gaiman's wisest words paired with Chris Riddell's fantastic illustrations. Neil's advice basically boils down to 'do the thing that only you can do, and do it well' and it's a wonderful read. Buy one for everyone you know.

(He also loves libraries and librarians, and they're cousins to bookstores. So I feel like he loves us too.)

I don't know that it's an issue for anybody but me, but it's true that nothing I di
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: illustrated, on-art
якщо взяти вже не раз публіковані хороші (і мотиваційні) тексти геймана про мистецтво й доповнити їх упізнаваними (і гарними) ілюстраціями кріса рідделла, вийде наперед знайома книжка, яку все-таки хочеться знов погортати. а потім ще. тим більше, що прогортати її всю можна хвилин за двадцять. корисна штука на випадок, якщо радість від того, що робиш, десь загубиться.

утім, раз я вже про відчуття радості, від книжки складається враження, що двоє дуже талановитих і загалом класнючих чоловіків сиділ
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gaiman and Riddell can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a perfect team. A sweet, inspirational set of short essays, illustrated by Riddell. Loved it.
Vivek Tejuja
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been established the world over (if not, then it should be) that Neil Gaiman is one of the most prolific writers that we have, and we must never forget that. In fact, we must cherish what we have every single day and celebrate him by reading more of him, but obviously, day after day.

Art Matters is a collection of his short essays (all previously published individually and collectively in The View from the Cheap Seats) about art, reading, libraries, and why all of it is so important even
Ich kann gar nicht anders als fünf Sterne zu vergeben! Es wurden Zitate aus Gaimans Reden und Essays genommen und von Chris Riddell illustriert. Eine Kombination der Kunst dieser beiden Genies ist unglaublich schön anzusehen und inspirierend <3
Angela Magic Art
Really really good! Its Neil Gaiman inspirational art and creativity short essays. How could I not like it!? Also with Chris Riddell's amazing drawings! I didn't give this 5 stars because I didn't realize that I have read most of these already. Make Good Art, I have read and listened to many times, and Building A Chair I have also read before, and some of the Library Essays. The only part that was new to me was the Freedom of Speech sections in the beginning.-Which I loved! And it is wonderful t ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a gorgeous, sweet & very very wise little book. Neil Gaiman is someone that should definitely be read & listened to, so if you haven’t already, why not? If you haven’t bought copies of his books for all the young people in your life, why not? Get out there today and remedy that at once! You won’t regret it, and neither will your young ones.
Angi Plant
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book full of wisdom and great thoughts and beautiful artwork. Immensely enjoyed it.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The words of Neil Gaiman.

The art of Chris Riddell.

Leah Rachel
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Over the years, Chris Riddell has illustrated a few pieces of speeches and essays by Neil Gaiman, to tremendous effect. This brings four of those pictorial essays together into one lovely, small tome, that discusses art, inspiration, and why we need libraries.
Abigail  van Roode
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed seeing Chris Riddell illustrate various Neil Gaiman poems and other writings online and was very pleased to get some of them collected in this book. I wish they had included The Day The Saucers Came. Riddell’s illustrations for that were wonderful.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Be bold. Be rebellious. Choose art. It matters"
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Das war irgendwie klar, die Vorfreude wurde voll bestätigt. Ein kleines feines Buch mit klaren und verständlichen Weisheiten von Neil Gaiman und grandios illustriert von Chris Riddell.

Wenn man die Werke von beiden mag und gerne liest, dann wird man sich hier erneut verlieben. Das kann leicht ein Buch sein, dass man immer da ei hat, einfach nur um darin ein wenig zu blättern, etwas nachzulesen, und manches mehr.
Jessica Shelley
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, favorites
A rallying cry for all artists and creators. This one's staying on my desk. (Lord knows I'll need it this year!)
Molly Jamieson
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell and will basically buy anything they do together. The marriage of Riddell's illustrations with the wise words of Neil Gaiman here have given me a huge creative boost and I feel artistically charged up for the first time in ages. Highly recommend!
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Normally I don't read motivational or self-help books, but this time I didn't really know what's coming + I can never "reject"a book, if Neil Gaiman wrote that. The book gives some advice to people who are doing arts or plan to. Although there was nothing new, I totally enjoyed the book and was smiling all the time. And yeah, it wouldn't be as good without Chris Riddel's illustrations.
And after reading, I am planning to use it as a colouring book :D
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My recommendation by heart: GET THIS BOOK.
Yes it is just a rather short book but it is worth every cent.
The combination of Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell is always one sure to get to my heart and this new book didn't fail it.

Just some wise words by a wise man - about doing things, about humanity and about creating art!
Every aspiring artist (in which way ever) should have this book and read it each and every time they are at a difficult point in their creation!

And those illustrations are just so b
Malin Elizabeth
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book made me want to become ME, the person I dreamed of being as a child. I want to learn to stop doubting my abilities and do all the creative things I like to do and start the future I tell myself is just a dream. Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell, you just upped your game!
Jack ArtTrade
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First, you should know this basically takes Gaiman's speeches, poems, and creative manifestos and makes them a book. It is a look and call to arms for art, art that can bring something new into the world and transform it and us!
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A touching and oh-so-important reminder of the importance of art, of making it, consuming it, sharing it. I knew most of these essays beforehand but somehow still needed to read this - and I already can't wait to go back to it and feel as inspired as I do right now. Chris Riddell's illustrations are absolutely stunning, as usual. Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell collaborations really do make the world a brighter place.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The dream team, Neil’s intelligent, insightful, inspirational words coupled by Chris’s beautiful illustrations to ignite our imaginations. This book is short and sweet and very much needed maybe now more than ever.
A short but w lovely book for fans of both authors, but also a lot of insight into freedom of speach, creativity and the importance of libraries.

Some words to take to heart, some words to live by, some words to get (more) liberated in the pursuit of artistic endeavours. Definitely a good thing to read.

You don't know it yet, but it's likely you need this book.

Also I've loved NG's writing forever, but Chris Riddell and his drawings are quite a revelation.
Do check it out.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
neli Neil Gaimani (varemavaldatud) teksti Chris Riddelli käekirja ja illustratsioonidega... jah, ei teagi, mis peaks valesti minema, et see kehvasti välja kukuks ja inimestele ei meeldiks.

mind kõnetab neist neljast enim muidugi see, mis räägib raamatukogudest ja lugemise olulisusest. sellest, et raamatud on nagu haid ja et lugedes õpib laps, et asjad ei pea olema nii, nagu nad on.

"Make Good Art" on ka selline... üldine elujuhiste kogumik, millel on ühtteist öelda ka inimestele, kellelt palju kun
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
A lovely collection of short non-fiction pieces by Neil Gaiman on the importance of creativity (Credo, Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming, Making A Chair, and Make Good Art) illustrated by Chris Riddell, who gives it that added extra. (Would make a nice gift for the creative types in your life.)
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Petit pamphlet regroupant 4 textes de Gaiman illustrés avec légèreté par Riddel. Ce genre de bouquin devrait être une lecture obligatoire dans tous cursus destiné à produire des êtres humains. À plus forte raison pour des créatifs... Ou même juste si vous avez encore un peu d'imagination, ou voulez la retrouver.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I mail-ordered this book because of a book recommendation but didn’t realise that it is a graphic non-fiction ... honestly, I am a bit disappointed when I realise that the art that the writer talks about is writing, not fine art which I am interested in. But I do like the essay about reading and how important it is when it comes to nurturing children’s imagination.
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