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Experimental Drawing Techniques Hardcover – 1 Sep 1980


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S. (Sep 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823016188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823016181
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,951,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is about drawing; about the experience of drawing and seeing drawings; and about the possibilities of extending our traditional concepts concerning the parameters of drawing. Read the first page
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93 of 93 people found the following review helpful By svr on 28 Dec 2007
Format: Paperback
I randomly came across a frayed hardcover edition of this book as a young student about ten years ago and loved it so much that after extending the library loan 5 times I went on to photocopy the entire book (as it was out of print at the time and I was broke anyway). I still tend to think of it as instrumental in the development of my drawing, and am ecstatic it's available again!

Kaupelis' approach is to teach you how to truly engage with things as you draw them. At the beginning of the book he wants you to make marks in novel, fun and seemingly ridiculous ways (now commonly considered the 'right-brain' technique) that make you really look at/experience the subject you're drawing and dispel any notions of what might be a 'correct' representation thereof. He then focuses on aspects of shape, tone, composition etc. before moving on to abstraction and conceptual drawings.

His projects are consistently surprising, playful, adventurous and great fun (I thought), and you do see your drawing ability improve dramatically very quickly as you basically learn from yourself - you're bypassing received ideas and discovering something you've been able to do all along - before developing and shaping it. The 'discovering' part is especially exciting and inspiring as Kaupelis extensively illustrates his points using drawings by old masters, contemporary artists of the time and his own students, encouraging you to give your own work equal importance and learn from them as you would from peers.

Unlike the mass of books trying to teach people how to draw, it doesn't ask you to copy the author's style, to 'imagine things as cubes, cylinders and cones', to copy yet another tedious landscape or still life or supposedly 'proper' drawing.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Walmsley TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Oct 2010
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This book was first published by Watson-Guptill 30 years ago - hence the subtitle "30th anniversary edition". (The cover of the copy sent to me bore no resemblance to that illustrated here, by the way; the latter is in fact more representative of the contents than the alternative cover of my copy, which suggests that it is more avant garde than it actually is. Beware of buying the same book twice !) The biggest drawback is that the numerous illustrations are poorly reproduced, the white of the drawing paper being shown as mid-grey - reflecting printing technology of the seventies, and losing much delicacy of tone in the process. If that doesn't put you off, then you have a pretty good read; an interesting, entertainingly-written, information-packed book about drawing by an excellent teacher, which covers the whole gamut from Durer, Michaelangelo and other 16th century artists at one extreme, to meaningless scribbles over newspaper share prices and virtually blank paper ("Erased drawing" by Rauschenberg; why didn't I think of that ?) at the other.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Hudson on 1 Nov 2010
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I bought this book recently and it is really great. I went to art school 20 years ago and I would recommend this book. It is a distillation of some of the best drawing techniques you can try to free the hand - mind and eye. A useful device to create a little discipline with excersises that all help develop your own style. Useful for both teachers and artists. (the copy i got has a white cver and a single ink and pencil sketch). but it is the same book the 30th anniversary ed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trisha on 4 Nov 2010
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I have just received this book and I am really pleased that I bought it as I found it through the Amazon recommendations - so an impulse buy. In the UK I would have the luxury of browsing a bookshop, on line browsing isn't the same... However, I sometimes feel a bit stuck and this is just like a recipe book which you can browse for ideas as well as tackling some of the suggestions. Definitely worth the money and a great source book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By infectedbubble on 25 Sep 2012
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I was looking for a book that could help me out with my freehand drawing and teach me something more than what I already (and supposedly) learnt in Architecture School.

This book is exactly what I was looking for, I love the way the author writes, as it feels like I'm in his lecturing class, and at the end of every chapter/section there are creative exercises to practise upon.

And honestly, the fact that some illustrations seem a bit greyish and old should NOT be a considerable problem in buying this book. The text is more important, and since it is very well writen and explains perfectly what it was meant to explain then there is no reason to ditch it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Le Masurier on 31 May 2012
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Having just received I am very disappointed as although the techniques within it may have been experimental in the 1970s they are basic to most modern books on drawing technique. I agree with the reviewer who comments that the illustrations are poor in terms of differentiation between the different shades of grey which is particularly disappointing where the content relates to shading. The book is out of date. There are many better books on experimental techniques and their use within contemporary drawing and I would like to return the book but as it came from the US that isn't practical so I will re-sell without ever having used it.
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