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Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner,
This review is from: Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner (Paperback)When I read Mr. Bains earlier review, I was somewhat taken back by his English lesson and focus on wording of the title over content of the text. We are all smart enough to know that titles are a marketing tool. I received the impression that he might feel one should learn to draw simply by reading a book, which of course made me even more curious to read it. What I found is a very straight forward and encouraging approach to drawing that was much easier to follow than another highly esteemed book. In fact, I felt the text matched the title quite closely having read several drawing books and taken more than one day long workshop. I have continued to struggle because it takes practice drawing to learn to draw - time, discipline, desire. Discpline is perhaps the key ingredient over talent. You have to show up at the page. Ms. Garcia's words and assignments build one on the other. They are supportive both of the student (reader) and the subject matter. I teach in another field and find this method highly productive with my own students. The quotes from and examples of student's work make drawing something - anything - very approachable. So approachable I picked up a pencil and started practicing. Writing that motivates action is good writing.
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Initial post: Feb 11, 2007 6:50:22 PM PST
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Bruce Bain says:
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2007 8:09:25 PM PDT
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Jet Jaguar says:
What a very aggressive and excessive response to a comment! This Bains sees to it that every point in every review and comment is answered, at length, with references! I hardly think, examining this in a broader perspective, that disaster will strike if one reads this book and finds it not quite good enough. Such a lot of fuss over nothing. So someone exaggerated the title of their book. Whoopie. This is what happens when someone on the autism spectrum takes an interest in reviewing art instruction books. I hope you have found a more productive obsession, Bains.
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