Book Review: Sketch by Sketch: Along Nova Scotia's South Shore

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Here's the sequel to author and artist Emma Fitzgerald's first book Hand Drawn Halifax: Portraits of the city's buildings, landmarks, neighbourhoods and residents. I really enjoyed the art and stories in the first book and I'm glad to see that there's now a second book.

After sketching Halifax, Fitzgerald now travels along the south shore of Nova Scotia to make more sketches of people, houses and places there, and also to collect more stories. It was really cool that there were people who drove her around for this book project since she doesn't drive.

The drawings were still drawn with the lovely sketchy and casual lines. Colours were added digitally. You can consider this book a travelogue and I like travelogues with stories and there are many in this book. You can read about how people spend their days there, old buildings that were now repurposed for other uses and things that people sell. My favourite sketches and stories are those where Fitzgerald draws what's happening in the houses. In one story, she was out to buy a fridge, and the shop selling it was so unconventional and looks like some trailer, and there's another story of a boat being built inside a house, or how the inside of a bakery looks like (and it doesn't look any any bakery I've seen).

This is yet another wonderful book, one that I can see myself picking up again in the future often to enjoy. I like travelogue books.

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