SketchbooksBook - 2001
Vernacular Drawings is a sumptuous, full-color, cloth bound coffee table book collecting the drawings of award-winning cartoonist Seth.
A broad range of subject matter is covered here, from portraits of early jazz greats and scenes of burlesque shows to an oddly intriguing gallery of successful insurance salesmen circa 1947. Nothing is out of place in Vernacular Drawings : there are portraits of R. Crumb and Django Reinhardt and an image of a glorious 1920's ballroom scene is followed by a dilapidated, circa 2000 industrial building. A bold portrait of a North American Indian is preceded by another of a Spanish matador. Seth's illustrations have been seen by millions throughout North America in publications such as The New York Times, Forbes , and The Washington Post , and he is best known as a cartoonist from his series Palooka-Ville and his award-winning book, It's A Good Life, If You Don't Weaken . Available exclusively in this cloth-bound edition, Vernacular Drawings is Seth's first "non-comics" collection, a lavish, full-color art book that will appeal to aesthetes everywhere.