GENERAL NEWS REPORTER
Humber Press launched two new books written by Humber faculty on Monday afternoon in the North Space Gallery.
Full-time faculty member at Humber Lakeshore’s Business School, Mike Dover, wrote Dante’s Infinite Monkeys: Technology Meets the 7 Deadly Sins while Michael Baldwin, professor at the School of Applied Technology, authored Drawing the Line: The How-to-Draw Book.
Dover said the process of researching his book took about three years, but the writing took a year. This is not his first book, as Dover co-authored Wikibrands: Reinventing Your Business in a Customer-Driven Marketplace released in 2010.
He said his first book was focused on business technology while Dante’s Infinite Monkeys looks business philosophy, outlining how technology intensifies evil, and is viewed and explained through the lens of the seven deadly sins.
Dover said there have been a lot of books written about the positive parts of technology, and he’s all for that.
“I think technology has done a lot of good, but there’s also some dark sides as well, and that’s what I wanted to explore,” he said.
Although the turnout for this release did not impress him, he will be having his own book launch on Nov. 23, and he’s hoping it sells out.
Baldwin said his book is a detailed guide to art of drawing and is useful to students and instructors in design or arts programs.
This how-to-draw book isn’t so much geared towards beginners and is unlike other how-to books available at any store. It’s made specifically for artists that have been doing it for a long time and want to take their craft to a new level.
Baldwin said he addresses two key questions he has always been asked by students: how long did it take to draw it, and where do these people that you draw come from?
“Like most designers, I’m influenced by the people I meet, people I know, or people that I have known,” he said. “In high school, I would look at people and pay attention to their features, and really not listen to them.”
Dover said the book has numerous characters influenced by everyday people, and features anatomical drawing, as well as perspective drawing which is making a three-dimensional character or scene on a two-dimensional surface.
Although this is Baldwin’s first book, he said it is not his last.