- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568984456
- ISBN-13: 978-1568984452
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.7 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art 1st Edition
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"Refreshes the power, beauty and possibility of knowing ourselves through daily chronicle and tactile sensation." -- Santa Fe Reporter, September 7, 2005
A richly illustrated exploration of 31 list-, chart-, and sketch-filled journals by painters, filmakers, engineers, designers, and other visual thinkers. -- The Boston Globe, August 2005
A window into the creative minds of people from all walks of life. -- Anthem, May 2005
Shows how various talented people use their journals as a record and rough draft for their lives and work. -- Metro New York, July 2005
"Painters, photographers, a psychiatrist, a gardener, a songwriter and assorted travelers chart their journeys. The book breaks down the 31 journal keepers based on how they work: observation, reflection, exploration, and creation." -- Linda Brazill --Capital Times, December 10, 2005
"Journals kept by 31 creative types, from cartoonist Lynda Barry and cognitve scientist/engineer Erwin Boer to painter Julie Baugnet, who teaches graphic design at Minnesotas St. Cloud State University, and sketches from a project journal kept by Mineapolis landscape architect Thomas Oslund." -- Mary Abbe --Virginia Pilot, September 25, 2005
"In Drawing From Life, New interviews 31 journal-keepers on how they use their notebooks to observe, explore, reflect, and create their worldsand then she lets their words and images speak. The faithful scribes and artists behind this collection of journal excerpts unlock the secrets of their lives and hearts. The result, bound in a journal-like book with rounded corners and a graph paper background, is visually stirring." --Iowa Alumni Magazine, October, 2006
"there is something romantic about this journal..." -- Stephanie Rosenbloom, --The New York Times, September 8, 2005
"Jennifer New offers a compelling examination of the limitless methods of journal-keeping. . . . With contributors ranging from a musician, to a medical illustrator, to an architect, the book documents a whole series of everyday career-people with unusual ways of cataologing the world. " --Resonance, November/December 2005
"Picasso left nearly 100 little sketchbooks filled with doodles and drawings that, to the delight of scholars, trace the evolution of his artistic styles." -- Mary Abbe --Brunswick Times - Record, November 3, 2005
About the Author
Jennifer New is author of the best selling Dan Eldon: The Art of Life . She teaches at the University of Iowa School of Education and lives with her husband and children in Iowa City.
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New offers a succinct profile of each journal-keeper and sample color plates from their books. It is exciting to see a mind in the moment of conception, and how different minds order information. Likewise, it is inspiring to see how journals can enhance lives and push creative problem solving faculties. An architectural designer notes that while his firm employs considerable high technology in its work, he finds that the germination of ideas is best promoted at the outset by the melding of mind, eye and hand through journaling. This is far more sophisticated than books dedicated to decorating journal and scrapbook pages.
Though a soft cover, the book is sumptuously produced. The pages are heavy, glossy stock, the binding is stitched, not merely glued. The lay-out is particularly effective.
I was impressed that the majority of the people featured in the book weren't career artists; some were naturalists, psychiatrists, mothers, and college students (to name a few). I liked that there was a wide spectrum of individuals featured in the book.
It also shows that there are a variety of ways to keep a journal and that it doesn't always have to be a "Dear Diary" kind of scenario. It was also interesting to see what people used for journals and how they incorporated other media such as collage, digital photography, etc. or how journaling led to other forms of creation.
As other reviewers have mentioned this is not a book of journaling techniques. However, I found it inspiring to see the different kinds of journals people keep and it's given me ideas of my own to run with.
One can draw some inspiration from its pages, but this isnt a how-to book. The journals selected for inclusion run the gamut from "wow" to "huh?" On the whole, its difficult to see what--if any--objective criteria were used to judge the merits of those represented. The scribbled math formulas of a scientist, for instance, hardly seemed to me an example of "The Journal as Art." There was little in the way of journal theory, even less in the way of journal history. Ive found more visually interesting pages on a website like 1000 Journals, and technique-oriented books abound for those who want to get to work on their own journals.
This might have been one of the first--and most visible--of the books that chronicled the emerging practice of the-journal-as-art and, as such, might once have been a revelation and an inspiration to an increasingly growing art genre. But I think that time may well have passed it by. Unless you feel the need to complete your journalling library with this once-upon-a-time essential, perhaps even landmark, text, I'm inclined to suggest that you can pass on "Drawing From Life."