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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing London UK; 1 edition (30 Jun. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907317252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907317255
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 21 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,849 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Robbie on 29 Dec. 2011
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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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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on 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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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Molly McGinn on 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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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Frozen Rose on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SarahLiv on 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By panamack on 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 By A reader on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Henrietta L King on 17 Jan. 2012
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This was given as a gift to a very dear friend who is a very gifted and experienced commercial artist and teacher. I just wanted you all to know that she can't put the book down, and it has become a great reference to her in teaching and in her personal work. It's greatest strength is that it is a great and helpful companion for artists of all levels. It really has blown a commercial artist away who has years of experience; and it is something that a beginner in art, (myself), enjoyed looking at so much, I found it hard to part with! Aren't they always the best presents?! Thank you Amazon for making a very dear friend, very happy, and making me the great friend for giving it!
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