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Expressive Drawing: A Practical Guide to Freeing the Artist Within (Live and Learn Series AARP) Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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About the Author
Steven Aimone is a nationally recognized arts educator and accomplished artist. Each of his sought-after workshops encourages participants to consider drawing, painting, and design as an exciting visual language that focuses on expressing inner states of being. One of the most popular of these forms the basis for this book, focusing on elements of line and mark in drawing.
Aimone is also the author of DESIGN! A Lively Guide to Design Basics for Artists and Craftspeople (Lark Books/Sterling Publishing, 2004). He holds an MFA in drawing and painting from Brooklyn College, and has lectured at universities and in museums. Aimone’s paintings, drawings, and manipulated-paper compositions have been shown in numerous solo exhibitions.
Aimone and his wife, Katherine, who wrote the artist profiles for this book, divide their time between Asheville, North Carolina, and Monhegan Island, Maine. They own and operate Aimone Art Services, offering workshops, arts writing, coaching, and critique. For more information, visit their website at www.aimoneartservices.com.
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A masterful teacher, an innovative thinker, a sensitive soul, a deep resource of art history and knowledge, Steve has spent his lifetime brewing up an art curriculum titled "The Spiritual Language of Art".
"Expressive Drawing" is part of his lifetime of work and is a book that will help you think about your art in a different way, provide you with ways to explore and change your approach, and give you a fresh set of eyes. You'll never quite see things the same way after working through this "mini-workshop in a book".
And if you really want an immersion into a valuable experience that will not only enrich your art, but enrich your life, then sign up for one of his workshops.
And although this may sound something like a sales pitch, it's not. I'm a person who started creating art as a visual journaling exercise, an attempt to heal...never with any intention to show my art or make it a career. As I continued my process and found Aimone's classes, my work developed at a rapid pace and pushed my career quickly into galleries.
The book is a great introduction into the curriculum that Steve has created. As a beginner or pro, this book will speak to you. [...]
The book explains clearly the difference between representational drawing and nonobjective drawing. Representational is drawing that documents the real world around us and shows reality as we see it externally, whereas nonobjective drawing express feelings, emotions, the spiritual and may be symbolic rather than a realistic representation of a subject. There are many fine examples of both kinds of art shown in the book, as it is beautifully illustrated with artists' profiles. Each lesson builds upon others, so you can't go wrong with it.
Aimone's words on what keeps us from drawing are very encouraging and using his guidelines, nothing in the book or what we want to do with our art is unachievable. It's a great book for beginners or artists who want to refresh skills after not working for a while. I'm thinking of buying the design book by the same author because through a lot of classes and workshops in the past, I've never hit on design that much and I could use some knowledge in that area, but as for this book, I recommend it for anyone with an interest in drawing.