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The Drawing Projects: An Exploration of the Language of Drawing Paperback – August 2, 2011
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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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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.
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.
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.
On one hand, who cares, right? The book is about art, written by artists; nitpicky left-brained attention to written language in such a work fails to appreciate the spirit of what the book is about. I gleaned plenty from its insights and exercises regardless of the copy errors.
On the other hand, though, it's frustrating to enjoy something that's obviously had so much work, thought, and talent put into it, only to run into easily correctable mistakes. It's similar to curating a fashion show, but leaving faces partially unpainted and rough seams hanging from the clothing modeled. I'd go so far as to say the errors threaten to compromise the credibility of the authors--if the book isn't copy edited, are the ideas the authors put forth unrefined or amateur as well?
Again, I found this to be one of the most valuable books I've read on drawign. But if you caught the spelling error I made at the end of that last sentence, you'll understand how jarring it was for me to read each page in Drawing Projects. As we've heard in art classes so many times, craftsmanship is crucial to a finished piece--make your work as clean as it can be!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great survey about various aspects of drawings. Very well put together in terms of artist' interviews along with their works.
Fun to read and think even practice with it! Read more
This is a good book for what it is. But my bias is that too often, today, those hoping to become artists are urged to learn more about themselves and less about technique and the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Charles C. Larson
I finally received my book, through no fault of the seller but our wonderful USPS. They missplaced my package for 4 days. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Renee Christian
Great book for giving me ideas on teaching specific lessons in drawing.Published 17 months ago by Sandra K. Fleming