The author of Incredible Cross-Sections takes a detailed look inside an eighteenth-century warship, providing fascinating facts about the ship and the people aboard it. BOMC Main.
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Stephen Biesty is an artist of phenomenal talent with remarkable visual skills. As a child he spent hours drawing castles, knights at battle, and ferocious Vikings, taking inspiration from films such as Spartacus, Ben Hur, and Anthony and Cleopatra, which fueled his already fertile imagination.
In 1980, he attended Brighton Polytechnic where he specialized in historical reconstruction illustration and developed a particular interest in what went on inside castles and other ancient buildings. After graduating from Brighton with a BA in Graphic Design, Stephen earned an MA in Graphic Design at City of Birmingham Polytechnic working further in historical reconstruction.
Stephen became a full-time illustrator in 1985 and has since worked on a variety of information books for adults and children. It took Stephen two and a half years to draw the wonderful illustrations for the best-selling Stephen Biesty's Incredible Cross-Sections, which was published in 1992. That volume was the inspiration for a new range of cross-section books which include Man-of-War (1993), Castle (1994), Incredible Pop-Up Cross-Sections (1995), Incredible Explosions (1996), Incredible Everything (1997), Incredible Body (1998), and DK Amazing Pop-Up 3D Time Scape (1999). Stephen Biesty lives in Somerset, England with his wife and son.From Kirkus Reviews:
In the wake of Stephen Biesty's Incredible Cross-Sections (1992) comes this big, magnificently designed browsers' delight, first (or second?) of a series. The year is 1800; a British fleet sweeps grandly toward the viewer, its huge flagship, fictional sister to H.M.S. Victory, in the lead. Then Biesty slices this ship into nine sections, taking readers from stem to stern both visually and thematically--each spread presents a different topic, from the crew's living conditions and leisure activities to officers' duties and, climactically, battle stations. Biesty renders each deck and duty in enthralling detail: the ship swarms with tiny men dousing fires, stowing or breaking out gear, working and playing with equal vigor, using the toilets, lying in the surgery near buckets of severed limbs, chasing rats in the stores. Platt's captions explain what's going on and provide an easy course in nautical jargon. The great ship is last seen sailing away victorious, its sails damaged by cannonfire, its opponent a dismasted wreck. Vivid, busy, and dramatic. Index. (Nonfiction. 10+) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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