I've been a fan of Enrico's work for years, and I have to say this is my favorite thing he's done. The Venice Chronicles is an illustrated travelogue full of amazing watercolors that give you a sense of traveling through Italy. My wife and I recently visited many of the places in the book, and it makes us smile and chuckle to see Enrico's character enthusiastically describe these places, filling the gaps with delightful anecdotes about the people he meets, and detailing the circumstances of the trip itself. Which brings me to my favorite part of the book... It's also a wonderful love story describing how he and his wife Marit came together. This book has it all - romance, adventure, comedy - wrapped up in a very original package. The Venice Chronicles is inspirational for both the artist (full of beautiful art) and the casual reader (has a great, heartwarming story). I highly recommend this book.
Sweet and Lovely!2008/11/10
A purely delightful love story and visual Italian adventure! I absolutely love this adorable little book! Just one look at the beautiful watercolor painting on the cover gives you a glimpse of the delightful Italian Love story within. Whether you have been to Italy or not, Enrico's characterizations of himself, his new love Marit, those two silly ever present voices in his head, and various friends and family they encounter on their trip to Italy will charm the socks off anybody! You can read it quickly, for LOTS of giggles & grins, and then read it slowly and savor the details of the incredible watercolor paintings. Besides being a master storyteller, Enrico has a special talent for painting water - the reflections, the movement, the colors - I've noticed it over and over in his work. What better way to showcase that than in a story that takes place in places like Venice and Cinque Terre. I think this book is like a paper version of the perfect "date movie." If I were falling in love with someone, and wanted to express to him my interest, I would give him this book! Then he would surely know that I have exceedingly good taste, a fabulous sense of humor, a love of travel, adventure, and romance!
Sketching for the rest of us2009/2/25
Enrico has created an honest and strait forward biographical love story with a lot of panache and style. What is truly amazing here is this isn't a scrubbed and manufactured comic but a spontaneous journal-like story that is truly refreshing. Here are mistakes and talent wrapped together.
The storyline is weak as it wasn't edited for the story but a gushing forth of emotion and love for an important time in his life and it is done with pure honesty. The story is fragmented between telling about meeting, falling in love with and marrying his sweetheart to other interesting tidbits of his life- and a few of his "sketchcrawl" sketches that came in between. It makes for a disjointed story but who cares. The book is all about the sketches and his whimisical characters of himself and his loved ones from a talented storyboard artist from Pixar.
humourus & inspiring2008/11/10
What a testimony to the talent pool at Pixar that, after churning out high-value material all day, their artists still have stockpiles for personal projects after hours. Among the most prolific is SketchCrawl founder Enrico Casarosa. Venice Chronicles, his newest tome, is part sketchbook, part travelogue part graphic novel and more. With brilliant watercolor illustrations Enrico playfully draws us into the events during and surrounding his voyage to Venice - as the events are taking place! He accomplishes this perfectly as he sketches and narrates via his handy Fabriano sketchbook and watercolor kit. The result combines inspiring drawings, well-rehearsed storytelling and entertaining introspective humor.
Wonderful travelogue sketchbook with a love story2013/6/6
If you love sketchbooks or watercolors or travelogues, you'll love The Venice Chronicles. It's a sketchbook, travelogue, and a comic thrown into a sturdy hardcover book with a sweet love story.
Enrico Casarosa is a story artist at Pixar, so storytelling is his forte.
The story centres around his travel with his girlfriend in Venice. Included is a section on how they met, and how he used his drawings to attract her attention, of course! There are lots of great interaction and funny dialogue to draw smiles. His whole adventure during the time at Venice is wonderfully captured.
The sketches and watercolour are really beautiful and suited for the story he told. The characters are appealing and real. There aren't a lot of watercolour comics around. Venice Chronicles is a nice one.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)