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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing; 1 edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907317252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907317255
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Both authors are artists and teachers and their 'contemporary approach to contemporary drawing', both in the informality of the conversations and in the 'projects' themselves (the projects encourage various techniques and approaches), means Drawing Projects forms a particularly rich basis for developing an understanding of the medium…" Scottish Art News

About the Author

Jack Southern has been a practicing artist in London since graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2003. He is currently undertaking a residency with Acme Studios, East London, and he teaches fine art on the foundation course at the University of Gloucestershire.

Mick Maslen has taught painting and drawing to foundation students for more than 30 years. He is a former course leader of the foundation course in art and design at the University of Gloucestershire.

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If you're an artist, this book is even better because it's more or less a workshop to develop your drawing eye.
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As it turns out, I can draw, and what's even better is I'm going back to the book now, a year later, as I am beginning to get more involved with my creative process.
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Not a beginner's book, but for an artist who wants to push their drawing to a new level I would recommend this.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Molly McGinn on September 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
The scope of the content and detail of Drawing Projects is amazing!
The book is beautifully illustrated, a pleasure to hold and look at - a real book lover's book.

It presents drawing in an accessible way because it focuses on practice, process and individual development from the beginning. I like the way it does not claim to be a sweeping study of the field - it's all about making drawing work for the individual.

It examines a huge diversity of drawing practices. Interviews with practising artists are interspersed throughout, bringing the ideas/projects to life. It is just brimming with energy, activity and points of departure - I'm sure it will inspire a lot of people to start or revisit drawing, whether they are starting out or more established.

Each reader can use Drawing Projects in a different way - you don't feel like you have to plough through the book to get at a nugget of someone else's wisdom; you read for your self and own needs. It emphasises drawing as artistic practice: a personal, ongoing, evolving and pleasurable activity.

It's a book I can see myself dipping into and referring back to again and again. I have not encountered another book like it.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By RosaJ on May 7, 2012
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This is a book for artists across the board from beginners to stuck professionals, as it replicates what was termed as 'experimental drawing' at my art school. Not only is it a massive boost to one's own art making capabilities, it overrides procrastination in the sense that all the 'projects' are totally achievable with time frames of approx. 20minutes, sometimes less. The suggestion that the need for high end & expensive materials is not necessary allows for the individual to jump into it here & now. It encourages us to see with fresh eyes, with exciting & contemporary methods without feeling the need to copy or imitate others, giving us what artists really want: The freedom to do what we do.
The text is a fantastic read, encompassing & digging deep into our psyches in a real & tangible way & the examples of various artists work here, nothing short of stunning.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By panamack on October 18, 2011
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As a former BA student, I don't think I ever found a book like this in my University's library and I would have been delighted if I had, it's really amazing to find a book that delivers both the reflections of artists and a desire to inspire the practice of others. The enthusiasm and the passion for the subject are palpable and the visual content is beautiful.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Bjornseth on July 14, 2012
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Am currently working on the drawing projects in this book and find them innovative. challenging, and eye-opening - and I've been teaching drawing on the college level for nearly 20 years. If your drawings are good, maybe even excellent, but you feel they are formulaic or just uninspired, the "assignments" in this book will get you out of the rut. I'm exploring new media and ways to see things and am truly enjoying it - and better yet -learning. Feels like I'm a kid again, trying things I have never tried and thrilled with the results. May use a couple of the projects in my own classes.
As others have said before, the challenge for the artist is to draw what you see, not what you know. The ability to see like an artist is so much more useful than the knowledge of stylized symbols, or the technical specifications of all the different media, or art history and names and styles of famous artists. This book get's you out of all that the logical left brain garbage, and into that wonderful state of flow inside your right brain. While the projects include some of the pioneering strategies of Betty Edwards and Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain, "Drawing Projects" takes Edwards a few steps forward and offers more advanced and involved project to evolve your drawing.
Finally, perhaps one of the best things about this book, it treats drawing as valuable and finished media, not some sort of preliminaries to painting. Inspiring and useful book, with over 20 distinct and different projects. Even if you only gain from a single project, (and you will find more than one) this book is well worth the cost allowing you to take your your drawings in fresh challenging directions.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By starseeker on September 5, 2011
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The Drawing Projects: An Exploration of the Language of Drawing
This is a genuinely innovative approach to writing about the creation of art - never easy. It succeeds in bridging the "how to" teaching, and the conceptual,inspiratoinal,imaginative and deeply personal artistic experience.

Drawing (making marks) was probably the first truely human activity, and defines the beginning of the human mind. It is the basis for all creativity, which is underlined again and again by the artists' contributions in the book. They show how versatile and wideranging the drawing activity is, and how it can morph into other mediums and dimensions. We see how intrinsic drawing is to child development, and how this needs to be valued in everyone, not just those who grow up to become "artists".

We are given an insight into how students (like everyone) can use the excellant guides to drawing in the book to fire their imaginations, rather than just be overwelmed by artificially set "standards". Add to that the uniquely revealing conversations with significant and diverse professional artists, and this becomes a real voyage of artistic discovery.

But it doesn't have to be read from start to finish in a set order. It is also good to dip into, especially tempting given the excellant and prolific illustrations. It is exiting to have this artwork gathered together in one book, especially one which also offers the chance of further self-development to the reader.
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