Backroads of Southern Nevada
This book is a collection of destinations around Southern Nevada that I've visited, sketched in pen & ink and watercolor, and also written about. There's much to be found in the desert: man's mark on the landscape, remnants of people and events past, and life thriving today. I found the area fascinating and intriguing. I'm sure there's many significant spots that I've missed, but this is a collection of some pretty interesting places that I've discovered. I hope you enjoy the places I've brought to light.
96 full color pages
Hard back perfect bound color cover
Sketches and Notes by Jerry Blank
About the Author
I began my education in art and design with a degree in Industrial Design from San Jose State University, which launched me to a thirty year career in graphic design and marketing in the Bay Area. In 2000 I moved to Paris, France for a year long sabbatical. There I made the transition to fine art. With a focus on impressionism, my collections of landscape and cityscape paintings are reminiscent of my world travels. My paintings endeavor to capture the character, mood, and beauty of each subject. This artist’s 'raison d’etre' is to provoke and inspire the viewers’ visual memory of these familiar and out-of-the-way spots. Many of the initial sketches and paintings for this book were captured on location while enjoying a brick of cheese, a loaf of French bread, and a bottle of wine. I'm fortunate that my watercolors, acrylics, and oils are sought after and are in prestigious private and public collections throughout North America and Europe.
This book has been a great joy of mine. Exploring the backroads, getting to chat with locals in the area, learning about Nevada’s past and present, and then sketching scenes and writing about them has been great fun. I’m sure folks will be commenting about all the places I’ve missed and neglected to talk about. At least I hope they tell me, so I can discover those places too. Southern Nevada is a fairly vast area often with just desert sage brush, a few lizards, and a rolling landscape. But in between those hills, man has left his mark. Over the past year and a half I’ve traveled the off-the-beaten-path, which inspired me to write this book. I think you will find this book fun to peruse, and once you read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did in creating it. I’d love to hear your comments. Drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How the Book was Created
On location, shooting, skctching, and investigating the site.
Sorting and choosing images. Over 170 sketches were done for this book.
Writing and laying out the book. Thank you Adobe for InDesign.
Drinking a cold beer. Enjoying life along the way is always a
Sketching and watercoloring on location, however, most of the skectches were done in the studio.
Spreads from Backroads
"Reading Jerry's book made me want to get out there and explore for myself. With his beautiful illustrations, Jerry has captured the feeling of Nevada's desert. "
Director, Metropolitan Museum, Las Vegas
"A real find. With his artistic talent, Jerry Blank has created a fabulously illustrated book revealing a touch of Nevada’s history. Through this book the reader, as well as tourists and locals alike, can experience these fascinating places that make up the allure of Nevada."
Author & Artist
"I want an autographed copy. Great coffee table book!"
American West Homes
"Jerry' has captured the flavor of Nevada's out-of-the-way spots in this book. His illustrative style is perfect for this subject. Make sure you get a few books for yourself and for gifts."
Publisher, Neighborhood Magazine
"I just love the illustrations. This book is a breath of fresh air. Let's have lunch at the Pioneer Saloon."
Author & Entrepeneur
Vegas Never Sleeps: A conversation with radio host Steve Maggie
“What a beautiful book about the backroads of Nevada. We are people who love to explore places that are off the beaten path. Jerry Blank has captured them magnificently in this wonderful coffee table book. His artwork brings these interesting, out of the way places to life. This is a keeper. Can’t wait to have my signed copy.”
President & CEO PIMedia
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