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Drawing Projects: An Exploration of the Language of Drawing [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Mick Maslen , Jack Southern
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20 July 2011
Drawing Projects: An Exploration of the Language of Drawing is both a practical guide to drawing and an informative insight into the minds of artists who work with the medium. Drawing Projects profiles ten key artists and illustrators revealing their working environments and practices including Dryden Goodwin, Cornelia Parker, Claude Heath, William Kentridge and Keith Tyson. Each artist comments on the value of drawing in their own work, opening up discussions on how we view life, art and the story that is told when the two are combined. Drawing Projects includes 15 projects for the reader to join in and work through at their own pace, including detailed tutorials and instructions on how to draw these images. They also go beyond that to advise on the mental skills required to become a proficient drawer by seeing beyond subjects as recognisable objects, and instead appreciate the abstract form of the world around us. Full of handy tips and useful details, with colour illustrations and photographs to engage the reader throughout, as well as a glossary of technical terms and precise information on drawing materials and techniques; Drawing Projects is a practical guide to drawing and an informative insight into the minds of artists and contemporary practitioners of drawing. As such, Drawing Projects will inspire enthusiasts and beginners alike by bringing this popular medium to life in a relevant, contemporary way.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing London UK; 1 edition (20 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907317252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907317255
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 20.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Both authors are artists and teachers and their 'contemporary approach to contemporary drawing', both in the informality of the conversations and in the 'projects' themselves (the projects encourage various techniques and approaches), means Drawing Projects forms a particularly rich basis for developing an understanding of the medium..." --Scottish Art News

About the Author

Jack Southern has been a practicing artist in London since graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2003. He is currently undertaking a residency with Acme Studios, East London, and he teaches fine art on the foundation course at the University of Gloucestershire. 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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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you never buy another book on drawing.... 8 Feb 2012
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I put off buying this book because I couldnt see inside on Amazon, but I had heard great things about Mick Maslen and decided to go ahead and buy it. I think beginners would enjoy this book but it has a lot to offer to professional artists too. The exercises are current and relevant to contemporary drawing practice, but very accessible to anyone who can hold a pencil and wants to explore drawing as a medium of expression. It provides enough theory to educate, together with excellent insights into the drawing practice of a number of well respected artists. If you never buy another drawing book, I would buy this one....
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This was the most extraordinary and stimulating read.

The artists interviewed present drawing in its widest sense and the way these interviews and the results of the students' studio workshops are married together is fascinating and thought provoking.

The projects based on the workshops look most interesting and I can't wait for the opportunity to complete them. They are presented clearly and many novel approaches to drawing are included. The whole book has made me review my own drawing techniques and challenged me to approach my work in a new and freer way.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and relevant 9 Aug 2011
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The scope of the content and detail of Drawing Projects is amazing!
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.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greater Understanding 31 July 2011
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This is a must have for young artists! After reading the first few pages I had a better understanding of myself, I now know why I feel that I never surpasss myself, why I find that my drawings aren't as good as I originally thought, and why, up to a year ago, I thought that my work was no good unless it resembled a photograph. It makes references to fantastic artists, just seeing their work and reading about them is enough to inspire me to start drawing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best technique book I've bought 24 Oct 2012
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Bought this as I live and teach locally to the university where both authors teach and was aware of the planning stages in them bringing in past students to trial the workshops, and shoot the photos. I use it a lot in my teaching and actually re-wrote our A Level induction course inspired by a number of the exercises. I like that each exercise is referenced to an artist, many are contemporary practitioners, but other past artists tend to be lesser known so are exciting to discover. I have since bought another two copies for friends, as well as purchasing it for both the school and department libraries. Really insightful & worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique And Inspiring 19 Aug 2011
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As a former BA student, I don't think I ever found a book like this in my University's library and I would have been delighted if I had, it's really amazing to find a book that delivers both the reflections of artists and a desire to inspire the practice of others. The enthusiasm and the passion for the subject are palpable and the visual content is beautiful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chock full of ideas 30 Nov 2012
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This book will definitely help with your drawing skills, but you have to stick with it as it can be be a bit daunting (ie amount of text, conceptual ideas for the novice, etc).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 7 Sep 2013
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This is a book written by creative visual people for creative visual people. Exploratory, challenging, articulate and engaging. A must buy for artists and teachers alike.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Yet another example of talentless art tutors hiding out with a comfortable sinecure. I was very disappointed with this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful to dip into
I love revisiting this book and developing my knowledge about these aspiring artists. I particularly like Dryden Goodwin's inspiring contribution.
Published 1 month ago by Storylover,
5.0 out of 5 stars Great drawing book
This is an amazing book. It really opens your mind to creative possibilities, and different techniques that you had not tried or thought of before.
Published 1 month ago by Hilary Cuthbertson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is both inspiring and practical
I really love this book - you can work through the stages methodically to develop your skills or you can browse for inspiration and look at very well produced art work from... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Lots of really good ideas for one off tasks and longer ones, I would recommend this book. I bought it to give me ideas for GCSE/A Level ideas
Published 3 months ago by Suzch
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Inspiring and creative approaches to drawing
Love this book. It's immaculately presented and inspiring projects for both artists and art teachers, I would absolutely recommend it.
Published 4 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Amazing Drawing Book Ever
This book is The Most Amazing Drawing Book Ever!!! I was completely overwhelmed by the power, mystery and magic of this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by H. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual Delight
A book for both budding artists or those interested in the art of drawing.
Excellent examples through out - wide range of drawing practice including 'outside the box'... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wee Nanette
4.0 out of 5 stars drawing projects
What a lovely helpful and inspiring book, have tried a couple of the projects already and found them helpful in the course I'm studying.
Published 5 months ago by susan young
5.0 out of 5 stars A must
This book is a must for my course work. Brilliant. As soon as my tutor showed it in class I knew I had to have it. It gets you thinking outside the box.....
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