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Drawing and Painting People: A Fresh Approach [Paperback]

Emily Ball
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23 Feb 2009
"Drawing and Painting People: A Fresh Approach" is about confident and defiant art. Written by a practising artist and tutor, it contains inspiring examples, thought-provoking insights and practical advice about how to become more expressive and adventurous with your work. It is a book for people who are serious about painting and want to develop work that is personal and exceptional in quality.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (23 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847970885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847970886
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emily Ball trained at Exeter College of Art, and later at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, and now runs highly successful courses in contemporary painting and drawing, as well as continuing to develop and exhibit her own work as an artist. She has a reputation for providing high-quality tuition to students of all abilities and experiences, and has an uncompromising passion for painting. Resident - Brighton

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By J. Nash
This book will appeal to all sorts of different people for different reasons. For the practicing artist, the book offers a range of practical exercises that are easy to follow but rigorous in their scope. It takes different aspects of painting that are easy to take for granted and provides you with thoughts, visual examples and exercises that encourage you to look again, reinvent the familiar and approach your work in a new way. That's all good you think, but what makes this book stand out from other practical art books? In two words: Emily Ball. It's the author's voice that makes this book so refreshing. Rather than a rather dry manual, the book describes the experiences of being an artist with humour, warmth and a real depth of understanding about what it's really like to draw and paint. It captures those moments of elation and utter despair with a perceptiveness that is honest and comforting. It's also great that the book includes contributions from several other artists, as this gives a richness and variety to the narration.

But it's not just practicing artists that will love this book - anyone with an appreciation for contemporary art should get a copy. It's an easy to read book with a clear structure to it, which makes it easy to dip in and out of or to work methodically through. And what's more, it's a beautiful coffee table book, containing loads of large images of paintings and drawings as well as photographs that document the process of making art - they make you feel like you're an artist even if you're just sitting with your feet up drooling over the pages! I've left my copy lying around the living room and have enjoyed watching a number of my friends get sucked into the book, regardless of whether they are arty types or not. So if you're reading this review because you're not sure whether to get this book, let me reassure you that you should as it will reward you on many levels. Enjoy!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging,stimulating,different. 21 April 2009
I have just finished reading this book and my mind is buzzing. It is so different as an art book. Full of challenging ideas, exercises,encouragement and 'out of the box' thinking. If anyone wants to escape from doing mundane artwork,this book will propel you into new and exciting directions. It is not for the faint-hearted but for those artists who want to have their complacency seriously challenged, well here you have it! Read this book and you will be the better artist for it.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for artistic inspiration 22 Mar 2009
This book draws upon the author's creative practice and experience as a teacher over many years and does indeed live up to the subtitle's promise of a 'fresh approach'. On one level, it's a practical manual offering unexpected and challenging approaches to painting and drawing, but it's also a fascinating portrait of the inner life, struggles and inspiration of an artist working today.

It is vividly illustrated with paintings and drawings by a range her contemporaries, by no means household names, working generally in the area of expressive figuration. The images are often extraordinary. If you're looking for a comprehensive academic manual of artistic techniques then you may find this book disappointing (or even disturbing!). But if you're an artist, at any level, seeking to produce work with greater expression, imagination and individuality, then I highly recommend it. I'd put it alongside Robert Kaupelis' excellent "Experimental Drawing" as one of the two best creative guides that I own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE it! 25 Oct 2011
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I return to this book again and again. I've shared it with artist friends who have all gone on to buy it. If you're into representational art, then this book is probably not for you. It's all about finding your own mark. The exercises in painting are exciting, inspiring and very good fun, particularly the face drawing one. On holiday four of us did the exercises together in our sketchbooks and returned home buzzing with inspiration. Emily Ball is a generous artist in sharing her original, inspiring ideas. She cites John Skinner as her inspiration and looks to some of his approaches which have helped her develop her style. Her own work is also fantastic.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book 2 April 2009
This is a truly outstanding book. If you have the courage to try the experiments and are prepared to take a leap in the dark then your drawing and painting can only improve. Challenging and rewarding, as an artist I find her approach refreshing, encouraging and the best thing you could do outside of participating in a class. If you want something trite and ordinary that doesn't make you think about what you really want to achieve then buy a different book - this is so different that you won't be able to put it down.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drawing and painting people.A fresh approach. 3 July 2009
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This is a brilliant book which is indeed fresh, insted of those stuffy colour wheel start types. you want to get stuck straight in and I did.I recommend this gem and can't wait for Emily Ball to do another - landscapes maybe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars controlling chance and randomness in mark making 12 May 2011
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To date I have followed just one of the exercises in this book. But this has led to a revised understanding of what those art lessons in college all those years ago were all about. A fresh lease of life and colour has been added to my palette. What you do with what you discover and learn is down to you, but the ideas behind the exercises made for a very enjoyable self indulgent afternoon in making art through making marks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and invigorating 1 Oct 2010
This really is a fresh approach - unlike the vast majority of art instruction books available this one is not about learning to paint like the author. It contains no 'recipes' for how to draw or paint people. In fact it doesn't matter if you don't even like the way Emily Ball or any of the other artists featured in this book paints, because this book is about helping you to develop your own unique and individual style.

The exercises she guides you through are excellent - challenging, fun and stimulating. They are the kind of exercises you would do if you were on a good degree course, though of course you do need to have some drawing skills to get the most from them.

If you want to be challenged, to develop your ideas around painting and drawing, and to take the leap from 'safety' to developing a personal visual language then you will find this book invaluable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not one to buy online
This book is one of those that you need to thumb through to get an idea of what it offers and shows,
Had I been able to do so I doubt I would have bought it as it isn't what I... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marjorie Mills
4.0 out of 5 stars Eagerly anticipated
As a practicing artist and teacher of art there is always the need to explore new ways of creating powerful images and of finding ways to pass these on to students. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Drawing
One of my favourite books on the art of drawing.......she includes others' work besides her own.........It is what it says it is....a Fresh Approach........... Read more
Published 10 months ago by MER
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for all artists or would be artists.
I found this book extremely comprehensive in its exploration of expressive line and painting. Well illustrated and with excellent exercises, either for beginners or for more... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Carol coates
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that makes you want to pick up your brush right now
A refreshing and stimulating book packed with useful guidance, supported by wonderful illustrations and exciting exercises. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars Artists support
This book gives many extension activities that helped me move my life drawing work on. A brilliant aid and full of supportive commentary.
Published 19 months ago by nora young
4.0 out of 5 stars Drawing and painting People
The images in this book are very unique to the artists who created them and they do make the viewer pause and study them. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by Purple view
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh & inspiring
This is an imaginative & inspiring book, full of great ideas to propel me into new work, enabling me to see the dead wood for the trees.
Published on 30 April 2011 by A. P. Reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars I adore this book!
Fun and unthreateniing; this is a book for people who are serious about painting but perhaps have forgotten that you can be serious and still have fun. Read more
Published on 20 April 2011 by bookworm
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT REALLY FRESH...
I bought this book on the basis of all the five star reviews; which just underlines the problem with reviewing art books - everybody has a different view of what constitutes art,... Read more
Published on 15 July 2010 by Jeff Walmsley
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