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A Yorkshire Sketchbook [Hardcover]

David Hockney
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19 Dec 2011
In recent years David Hockney has returned to England to paint the landscape of his childhood in East Yorkshire. Although his passionate interest in new technologies has led him to develop a virtuoso drawing technique on an iPad, he has also been accompanied outdoors by the traditional sketchbook, an invaluable tool as he works quickly to capture the changing light and fleeting effects of the weather. Executed in watercolour and ink, these panoramic scenes have the spatial complexity of finished paintings the broad sweep of sky or road, the patchwork tapestry of land yet convey the immediacy of Hockneys impressions. And as in the views down village streets and across kitchen tables that appear alongside them, his rooted and fond knowledge of the area around the East Yorkshire Wolds is always clear. If you know the region, the location of the sketches is unmistakable; if you dont, its features will come to life in these pages.

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  • Hardcover: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts, London; First Edition edition (19 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907533230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907533235
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 21.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best value art book I've ever bought 4 Jan 2012
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No essays or commentary, just 92 pages of a sketchbook, providing an insight into the work of one of our best living artists. Not every bit of work is great, but Hockney's overall sense of scale, spacing and visual economy is evident in almost every page; apparently unedited, it even contains some obvious failures, which is instructive, in itself. I wish I could see more sketchbooks from acknowledged artists. One thing that I can conclude from this is that the work Hockney calls a sketch is often superior to much that is considered finished drawing by many a YBA. Unpretentious, it nevertheless displays elements of mastery both in exploration and composition that one can only learn from and admire.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hockney at his best 23 April 2012
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This is a fabulous book. It consists of the total contents of one of Davids sketchbooks. There are no titles or comments to the sketches but if you know the Yorkshire Wolds you will recognise the views. Do not be put off if you do not know the area as he sketches are breathaking.Visit East Yorkshire and see the sketches come to life or just sit with the book and take in skill of the artist as the sketches envelope you in the beauty of the area.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sketchbook for Sketchers and Hockneyphiles 3 Jun 2012
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This is a facsimile sketchbook (which means all images and no words) of a man who sketches on a regular basis. Hockney carries a sketchbook wherever he goes and sketches what he sees. He even has his suits and coats made so that they have a pocket to hold his sketchbook.

As any sketcher who has ever sketched in company knows, one of the joys comes at the end of the outing or the day when we all sit down and look at each other sketchbooks. This book makes me feel like David Hockney has just handed me his sketchbook. As an owner of the DVD of his sketchbooks I knew exactly what to expect in terms of content and drawing style. It's better than being able to see his sketchbooks at the exhibition at the RA because with this one I got to turn the pages and decide how long to look at an image. The full price version is not cheap! On Amazon it provides much better value.

Sketchers who like Hockney's drawings and paintings will love this book.
Fans of Hockney's work will like this book
Those who have never sketched may well struggle to really appreciate it
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you 13 Jan 2012
When i sat down to look at A Yorkshire Sketchbook i felt as if it had just been handed to me by David Hockney himself. I smiled: i most probably will treasure it.
Thank you once again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not good Hockney 4 May 2014
Well, there must be a dissenting view. The cover is attractive but that is the best, the only good, the only recognisable, view of Yorkshire. And now I realise that the bright cheery blue is part of the wrapper. As sketches, OK, but "sketches are breathtaking"' , "the sketches envelope you with the beauty of the area"....make me wonder whether these reviewers have ever seen the real thing, or really looked at the sketches and not just at the title lf this book. Hockney's sketches are dull, smudged, and not fit for print or publication. As a personal reminder of a visit, all right, but most of them should not be put out for public consumption. They do not enhance our views of the area if we have been there, and some of them muddy the memory. Better to go and see for yourself.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just Sketches 15 April 2014
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I was disappointed that there was no written context for the sketches as this would have helped the understanding of where he had been and what he had seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful sketchbook pages 1 Feb 2014
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A great source of inspiration for going out and sketching. Great resource in the classroom. Fantastic to see some of David Hockney's preliminary sketches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 7 Sep 2013
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What commitment what stamina and what a fantastic painter he really is Anyone interested in Art should have this on there shelves
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Tackling the Yorkshire Wolds
Having sketched in the Wolds recently during a walk on thenWolds Way, it seemed like a good idea to see howHockneybtackles the same subject. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dudley Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the design of this book greatly although not the full on best...
This boo has the layout like an artist sketchbook in a landscape format with full images running to the top of and bottom of pages and in to the next page with no breaks. Read more
Published 16 months ago by rhodes
3.0 out of 5 stars just a jotter
I should have realised this would not be very inspiring. Although it gives an insight into how Hockney records his observations I felt i had wasted my money. Read more
Published 17 months ago by lin
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed..did I expect too much?
Lovely touches of Hockney's watercolour approach. I am a big admirer of his work. The book covers a good sample of the work he had been doing up until the RA show last year. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Michael
1.0 out of 5 stars Yorkshire sketch book
. Expected more than a book of what are a few lines on each page. Not reflective of Hockney's great work
Published 19 months ago by susan bettle
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Thing To Have - Especially If Learning Watercolour Painting
Well I guess my title says it all really. If you are a Hockney fan you'll appreciate having this - its packed with great watercolour sketches, some monochromatic, some more... Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2012 by Ant
4.0 out of 5 stars Someone else's sketchbook
Sketchbooks are very personal items. Therefore this was an ideal opportunity to look into one of another artist.
Colour and style are useful to see and also the fluidity. Read more
Published on 26 May 2012 by Highfield
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