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Art of the Pencil: A Revolutionary Look at Drawing, Painting and the Pencil Paperback – October 1, 1997


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823013731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823013739
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want to be serious about your drawing you must have this book.
T. Law
And the accompanying advice, discussion and extensive information are informed by an unfailing artistic sensibility and an impressive talent for teaching.
CLIFF HOPKINSON
She is very knowledgeable in her field and it is obvious she has done a lot of research.
Linda Sackstein

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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've been working seriously with graphite for several years and this was one of the so-rare times I opened a drawing book and had my hopes exceeded. By a lot.
While her colored pencil examples are sophisticated and gorgeous (nothing like the strained, harsh works in so many books) my primary reason for buying this book was to refine my graphite techniques. What a gold mine I hit! Traditional graphite pencil, water soluble graphite, powdered graphite...intense detail to smokey frottage...it's here. It makes me shiver to think how close I came to not buying this book because it covered both colored pencil and graphite and my experience has been that in such cases graphite gets awfully shallow treatment. If that's what you're thinking too, it's not the case here.
Art of the Pencil is not a beginners book, but beginners should definitely see or own it as inspiration as to what the humble pencil can do. For those of you working seriously with pencil, haunted by it's potential, Sherry Wallerstein Camhy has written a book you will drop everything for when it arrives.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1999
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I am not the author of this book, but I have had the pleasure and privilege of knowing Sherry Wallerstein Camhy for the past four years as I've made the effort to strengthen my own drawing and artistic skills. The tone of Art of the Pencil perfectly embodies Camhy's actual teaching style, with expertise kindly and gently served. Art of the Pencil is a very beautiful, colorful book, with a provocative premise that drawing and painting are not separate techniques--with painting of course far superior to drawing--but instead can be successfully combined. Camhy uses a wide variety of her own work to beautifully and effectively illustrate her points on the many ways drawing techniques can be used to achieve painterly effects. Chock full of useful information and ideas, this book is an excellent proxy for those who are unable to benefit personally from the author's inspirational mentoring style in the furthering of their artistic development.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By T. Law on July 20, 2002
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This is not a trivial how to book but an equally reasoned argument about the line between "painting" and "drawing" (the author I think correctly posits there is none). In addition she is a highly skilled artist...not a second rater like most how to authors...And that's another thing!...she DOES show you how to!...the best of all worlds. If you want to be serious about your drawing you must have this book.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By CLIFF HOPKINSON on November 23, 2002
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Too many books of art instruction sell high but deliver low, cynically layering truncated photo-demonstrations accompanied by inadequate captions over puny discussion of materials and technique. Sherry Camhy's book belongs to a rarer kind, the sort that is determined to help and knows how.
Ms Camhy is a much-honored artist. Her resume, unobtrusively included in the book, offers evidence of how she has developed the ability to produce the many masterly drawings that also appear in it. On well-designed and well-printed pages, they are a pleasure in themselves. And the accompanying advice, discussion and extensive information are informed by an unfailing artistic sensibility and an impressive talent for teaching. There is vital information here, much of it not easily found elsewhere. And all of it is communicated with conviction and an elegant clarity. You sense that this detailed, wide-ranging advice, which majors on the pencil but covers almost all drawing media, is the McCoy that makes a true difference. It stirs both ideas and ambition. That goes, too, for the vivid and cogent demonstrations from which, having studied the preceding pages, one is well equipped to benefit.
This is a fine, intelligent book, a delight for any reader interested in drawing, and one that will certainly enhance the enjoyment of those keen to improve their skills.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Linda Sackstein on September 5, 2001
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This is a truly great book. Sherry Camhy writes simply but in an interesting way and especially does not assume that all her readers are beginners. She is very knowledgeable in her field and it is obvious she has done a lot of research. I have found this book very useful and the drawings, paintings and other illustrations are superb. Would recommend it for any artist who has been drawing and/or painting for 2,3 or 4 years.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on March 13, 2005
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I bought the book for the cover which to me was a gorgeous example of painterly drawing. The book delivers in this vein. Anyone whose sat through a lecture in college about drawing versus painting can find proof in this volume that "it ain't necessarily so". The illustrations and discussions are inspirational and her work is stunning. This is not a book for a beginner or someone looking for a "system" to make drawing or rather creating visual imagery easy and predictable. It is a book for someone who wants to see deeply and create images of beauty and substance that serve both the linear aspects of drawing and the plasticity of painting.

She is right, it is revolutionary to view traditionally linear tools from the perspective of a painter. The samples in this volume speak beautifully to this idea.

Again it is not for beginners unlesss they are daring and love a challenge and it is not formulaic: but it is a marvelous tome to the joy of creating images and the means to do so.
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