Looking for some beautiful, artistic books to inspire or maybe as a gift (the holidays are right around the corner)? Look no further! Lulu’s featured authors this month include two incredible artists.
In today’s Staff Picks, we feature two books brilliantly created and laid out to highlight photography and illustration. Get ready to get inspired!
Our first artist today is Vek Neal. Based out of Atlanta, Neal is most well known for his Neon Portrait shots.
His most recent book, Vekking, grew out of a challenge Neal set for himself. Originally focused on drawing and painting, Neal shifted to photography and hasn’t looked back!
The book is built around lighting and different aspects of lighting.
Interestingly, Neal used strangers for all of his models–he went up to complete strangers and asked them to model for his photography.
VEKKING (Limited Edition)
Vek Neal is a creative thought leader and professional contemporary photographer who expresses his art in the form of illustration, photography, video, and graphic design. VEKKING is the first publication highlighting his journey of portrait photography works from 2013 -2018. The structure of the book is broken into five sections: Natural Light Shooting A Stranger Continues Lighting Collaborations COL’Her The book also features testimonials from models and friends as well as exclusive behind the scene looks into his process and approach.
Learn a little more about Vek Neal from our Facebook Live featuring interview questions and answers:
You can also find Vek Neal and more of his work on his website: https://vekking.com/
Connect with Neal on Social Media:
Our second artist is the illustrator Aaron Maybin.
Even though Maybin grew up making art, starting before he could even speak, he found success out of college as a professional athlete.
But he needed to follow his passion and shifted his priorities to his art and activism, starting with his book Art Activism.
His most recent book, Colors of the City, is a meditation on the people and places that inspire him.
Colors Of The City
Colors Of The City by Aaron Maybin Artist, Writer, Author, Activist
Check out our recent Facebook Live for a more in depth look at Aaron Maybin’s newest book:
To learn more about Aaron Maybin, visit his website http://aaronmaybin.com
Connect with Maybin on Social Media:
Let us know your favorite Lulu books in the comments and maybe we’ll feature it in our next Lulu Staff Pick or even a Facebook Live!
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check out our complete Featured Author Series:
Paul is the Senior Copywriter at Lulu, writing weekly blog posts and helping guide content for the company’s marketing. When he’s not deeply entrenched in the publishing and print-on-demand world, he likes to hike the scenic North Carolina landscape, read, sample the fanciest micro-brewed beer, and collect fountain pens. Paul is a dog person, but considers himself cat tolerant.