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A Short Book About Drawing

A Short Book About Drawing [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Marr
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'Marr has a real talent as a draughtsman and his enthusiasm is infectious.' --The Sunday Times (Culture), 1st December 2013

'Tom collects old typewriters, Johnny Depp plays with his limited edition Barbie dolls, and Simon Cowell climbs trees every day. Andrew Marr draws. And draws and draws...I always knew he was a drawer, but not that he was as good as this...[The book] may be short (it is little more than an extended essay) but it is huge on breadth. There are chapters on how drawing related to happiness, how it is all about looking harder, how it began and how it might develop... A Short Book About Drawing is what drawing is all about. It's more than a hobby.' --The Times {Saturday review}, 2nd November 2013

'A unique take on the subject of drawing from the journalist and TV pressenter Andrew Marr. He explores drawing and painting through his own experience, considering the mechanics of the drawing process along with the ways in which good drawing or painting can make us think harder and see the world differently. He also investigates the tensions between drawing as a concentrated work and drawing as an expression of freedom or play.' --Daily Mail, 14th November 2013

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Like millions of others, Andrew Marr draws. He hasn't had lessons, yet since childhood, the journalist and TV presenter has been at his happiest with a pen or brush in his hand. One way or another he draws most days, even if it's just a doodle on the edge of a newspaper. But why does he do it? Does it have a point? And in what way, if any, does this activity of his relate to what we think of as 'art'?

In this intriguing new book, Andrew Marr explores the subject of drawing and painting through his own experience. He considers the mechanics of the process — the act of making and its importance for a happy life — alongside the ways in which good drawing or painting can make us think harder and see the world differently. He discusses what a bad drawing is, and the nature of failure as well as success. The book, lavishly illustrated with over 50 of the author's own pictures, was written during the winter of 2012 and completed weeks before Andrew suffered the major stroke from which he is currently recovering — and finding himself drawing again.

Written in his signature fresh, engaging and evocative style, A Short Book About Drawing is Andrew Marr's unique take on this absorbing subject.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 37071 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille (10 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,963 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andrew Marr was born in Glasgow in 1959. He studied English at the University of Cambridge and has since enjoyed a long career in political journalism, working for the Scotsman, the Independent, the Daily Express and the Observer. From 2000 to 2005 he was the BBC's Political Editor. He has written and presented TV documentaries on history, science and politics, and presents the weekly Andrew Marr Show on Sunday mornings on BBC1 and Start the Week on Radio 4. Andrew lives in London with his family.

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect gift book 17 Oct 2013
I bought this for my mother-in-law as she is a really keen artist as well as being a great fan of Andrew Marr's. The book is exactly what I wanted - a perfect gift book for someone who's interested in drawing/painting/sketching and wants to understand more about the subject. Andrew Marr's writing is very engaging and I'm sure his own experiences as an amateur artist (such as his struggle with perspective in Venice) will inspire others who often feel thwarted by their frustrations. Reading about the role of drawing as his therapy post-stroke was incredibly poignant, and just goes to show how drawing/painting/sketching can be approached by so many people in so many different ways.
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A Short Book about Drawing
By Andrew Marr

I realised that this book was something special as soon as I picked it up. It is tactile with the texture of fabric and before I opened it I knew it would fulfil my expectations.

Andrew Marr obviously used his drawing skills from an early age to express his feelings and to depict what he saw. His recovery from a massive stroke was tempered with the fact that he did not lose his skills of drawing and painting but that he used it as a form of healing, therapy and at times dealing with loneliness when away from home.

Andrew associates happiness with his drawing and painting shown in the way he writes about his work, often linking to historical, philosophical ideals and influences by other artists.

This is a book worth reading as it shows the personal side of a man who is clever but humble.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a lovely gift 26 Feb 2014
By the lambanana TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have to to say I'm not really a fan of Mr Marr but found this book full of charm.

It has history, excellent references and makes a good case for drawing as therapy.

I think we all enjoyed drawing or colouring as children.

Then it's simply something that many rarely do.

It certainly rejuvenated my interest in drawing and I am less stressed as a consequence.

A lovely looking book too, and in my opinion Mr Marr has a talent for drawing.

A recommended gift.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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As one who can barely draw a straight line or a curve without some assistance, I have respect for those with an ability to draw or paint. I had been taught the basics of several very different crafting techniques including glass work, engaving and potting but drawing and painting skills always eluded me. Having later worked with artists and designers in professional studios but not in the art department and having friends and relatives with considerable artistic skills, I know that some have been taught many of their practised techniques and others appear to have been born with them. Andrew Marr appears to be one of the latter and claims never to have benefitted from specialist tuition.

Known as and working as a journalist and in TV, his drawing and painting were a means to occupy himself during those lax hours whilst travelling, waiting for interviews and other odd moments that can occur although he was doing similar as a child. Having also benefitted from being able to travel to many locations, some well-known and others less obvious, in the course of his work there had been many such opportunities to put something other than words on paper. Offered similar situations and opportunities and if they lacked any ability to draw, others might well choose a camera.

The book's title is slightly misleading in that it contains relatively few drawings but rather more sketches or paintings, mostly using limited colour palettes and sometimes as few as three or four main colours plus the odd touch of black or grey for emphasis, shadows etc. Some drawings are caricutures whilst others are almost classical in concept. Not all involve 'scenes' such as landscapes and quite a few are of people at work, travelling or at rest.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 6 Dec 2013
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Andrew Marr's book is a total delight from start to finish. I particularly enjoyed it because I have just been reading Matthew Crawford's 'The Case for Working with your Hands' which Marr refers to in his book. Like Crawford, Marr sets out a case for using our hands, eyes and brain together to work on an engaging activity - whether it is for enjoyment, employment or edification - as a life-enhancing, or even a life-giving necessity.
Marr looks at historical aspects of drawing, particularly in European culture, and at how we categorise different types of drawing and art, and illustrates much of the book with his own art.
It should appeal to anyone who draws, or who would like to, or who is interested in drawing as art, as an integral part of human culture, or who is interested in reading about Andrew Marr's beliefs - I loved the book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I like this little book. As usual Marr does not waste words in relating his experiences and how his life has centred around his desire to draw. It is not a manual on how to draw, far from it, more an enjoyment of what he draws and why. All the pictures in the book were created by him, and they all have an impact even if one would not call them high art.

From an early age, when others wanted toys, he would ask for pencils and paper. When he suffered a nearly fatal stroke his first real interest was again in drawing, and this therapy was what helped him in his recovery. It might seem a simple thing, but as he said "Try drawing with just one hand." You need the other hand even if just to hold the paper or steady yourself.

The book is an easy read and one can finish it in a relaxed evening, but recently, almost a month after my first sight of it, I have found myself dipping into it again to re-read snippets and have another look at some of his art. Bits of it have stayed in my memory, which cannot be a bad thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
5 stars says it all.
Published 1 day ago by WP Bendig
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting approach
Quite interesting approach. More about the philosophy of drawing but great encouragement to draw always and at every opportunity. Interesting to see his own work.
Published 5 days ago by Isabel Barrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great fun
Published 7 days ago by Johnny
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Loved it
Published 10 days ago by P Trill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very entertaining and useful book.
Published 1 month ago by A. V. Baik
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This was a welcome gift and I am told enjoyed.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. S. Aldworth
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Excellent value for the money, cheaper than in the high street.
Recommend very highly to anyone that has a andrew marr obsession.
Published 2 months ago by Michael Kitchen
4.0 out of 5 stars Drawing as a life-enhancing activity
This book will speak most deeply to people who can draw and to those who have studied drawing seriously. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ralph Blumenau
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for none artist
I bought it for me and gave it to my husband. We both did art at school and say one day we will start again. Its a good read as about drawing rather than how to draw
Published 3 months ago by gilly
4.0 out of 5 stars Marrvelous!
This book is exactly what it says it is - a book about drawing - it isn't to teach you how to draw, a collection of techniques or even really about how Andrew Marr draws, but it is... Read more
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