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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (7 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823033147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823033140
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Buchman, an accomplished artist and innovative teacher, gives workshops on both figure drawing and creativity and has made two educational DVD's on these topics, "Art Is an Attitude" and "Creative Breakout". His broad background includes studies with two of Americas foremost art educators - Fletcher Martin and Victor D'Amico. Buchman, who began his art studies in 1962, afterward traveled and studied widely and lived and worked in Europe for 20 years before settling in Sarasota, Florida in 2001. His popular works, brightly colored spontaneous abstractions and expressive figure drawings, may be seen in many private and public collections in Denmark, Sweden, England and the US (where he now resides). Bill attended Cornell University, School of Fine Arts and Boston University, School of Liberal Arts and has a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in music from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with many notable music teachers. Bill's new book, "Expressive Figure Drawing" is published by Watson-Guptill/Random House and was released December 14th, 2010. In addition to his artistic expertise, Bill is also an accomplished jazz pianist and composer and has written film music, poetry, and children's stories. Currently Bill is on the faculty of the Ringling College - Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Longboat Key, FL. Bill will be coming out with two new DVD's this fall and has a signature line, called the"Zen" series, of Sumi brushes and reed pens which along with his DVD's are available on Amazon.

Bill's book "Expressive Figure Drawing" is the fruit of a lifetime of drawing experience and study. As the book covers the fundamentals, it also takes the figure drawing aspirant on a journey to understand the body differently... to see it with new eyes... to understand the body as an artistic and poetic subject as well. It encourages the artist to see drawing the figure as a means to self-expression and self-discovery. It encourages students to keep an open mind towards their own drawing possibilities, as they learn to boldly capture the flow of the human figure. Bill's ease with both the realms of visual art and music adds an extra dimension to his teaching methods.

About his teaching method in the book, Bill says, "The expressive way explains and demonstrates how to improve your fundamentals while being creative at the same time. This approach is concrete but not written in stone. It is a way that is designed to keep the student opening new doors and discovering new ideas and possibilities while absorbing solid knowledge and traditions. Artists of all stripes will find ideas and tools here they can use to improve their drawings and to have a lot of enjoyment in the process."

"In "Expressive Figure Drawing" the act of making creative, expressive and inspired drawings and learning the fundamentals of figure drawing are combined into one pleasurable "awakening" process. I believes that everyone has an "artist within" trying to come to the surface. Learning to draw the figure and explore the endless possibilities of this splendid subject is one of the great ways of getting in touch with this inner artist. It is also one of the best ways of building a foundation for doing every kind of art.

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About the Author

Bill Buchman is an accomplished artist and innovative teacher. Buchman studied life drawing in the 1960s with two of America's foremost art educators: American figurative painter Fletcher Martin and the Museum of Modern Art's Education Director, Victor D'Amico. In the 1980s Buchman worked as an artist in Paris and in recent years has exhibited his art in Denmark, Sweden and England. His work is represented internationally by Gallerihuset of Copenhagen. His ground-breaking DVD Art is an Attitude: The Art of Drawing the Figure was released in early 2008.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. A. Bird on 25 Feb. 2012
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I have just today delivered a workshop based on this book and some of the exercises in the DVD. The twelve people I was teaching had a most rewarding and liberating day. One of them told me she had learnt more in the one day than in all her previous art training. Experienced participants told me that it was just what they had been looking for - something new and liberating outside the normal run of life drawing.

I was astonished to see the inspired and colourful work that they were producing by the end. Although I structured the workshop it was down to Bill Buchman's inspiration and brilliance that the exercises worked so well. I would recommend this book and the DVD to anybody. But I would also say - it is for USE! Do the drills and your drawing most definitely will develop.

Also - PERSEVERE - I copied some of the drawings in the book and found it hard a t first - but soon - it became easy and I suddenly understood what he was saying!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By I. White on 1 Oct. 2011
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Bought the book to get away from the stereotypical approach to figure drawing and painting,and certainly found that. If anything has been gained it is a freedom of approach and underlying is a instuction manual which is easy to understand.
This book should form part of the artists reference works.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By optimistic watercolourist on 25 May 2011
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If you have been drawing the figure for some time and want to try some different approaches then try this. If you are new to figure drawing the basics are there too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Ramnora on 26 Feb. 2014
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This paperback version of the book is 176 pages thick; and, contains example drawings(pen/pencil/charcoal)/watercolour paintings on each and every single page; too, there are detailed and clear step by step explanations being given explaining all of the many different techniques that were used to produce each example 'drawing/painting'.

Frankly, I have only just received it in through the post; so, I haven't had time to read through it all, yet; but, immediately, I had to go take a look inside...and, so, I quickly glimpsed through going from cover to cover; then, I decided to try reading a few pages/passages; and, yes, I was very impressed by the quality of the writing/useful explanations/but, especially, by the fact that the examples given on each page do truly make me feel 'inspired' enough to wish to start drawing along... ;-)

NOTE: This is not a book for those who are strongly into 'realism'...; instead, this book encourages you to 'experiment' with learning figure drawing; concerning, lines/blind contour drawing/outlines/mass/weight/direction/proportions/scribbles/design/concepts for form building/-etc.

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After buying the book, and, looking through it. Next, I hopped over to YouTube to do a quick search to find: Bill Buchman...there I encountered seeing a few video clips of him teaching; I also discovered he has an online web site: [...], as well as, a number of teaching videos. One of these teaching videos is also related to this particular book, it's called: Art Is An Attitude/Essential Exercises by Bill Buchman...which I also went and brought. Right now, I'm watching both the video/and, reading the book. The two things seem to work together really well; the book explains everything in great detail...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Jun. 2011
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Wonderful book - full of ideas to take your life drawing forward - with different materials to try as well as new techniques. Good for experienced as well as beginners. Thoroughly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JeroentheCurious on 11 Jun. 2013
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I am not that easy to please as a customer. I've given a series of 1 star ratings lately (see my other reviews).
I'm very happy to offer a 5 star rating now, and I would offer a 6 star rating it that existed.

There is an enormous abundance of books that aim to teach you how to draw "realistic".
Often this means creating more of the same, dead boring drawings that all look more or less the same, futile attempts to create a "photo" by hand. It is like going out to dinner, to an Italian restaurant, and ordering a spaghetti Bolognese; you know up front, completely sure, that you will not be disappointed, but at the same time you will never be surprised. If you can not tolerate any ambiguity, if you want a futile result now, if you don't want to look further then your nose is long, and your most important priority is that you are completely sure that will not surprise yourself with outcomes you didn't anticipate, and your primary aim is to simply copy, and make another dead boring near photograph, "art" of the living dead; zombies, if the greatest pleasure in your life, you can think of, is eating spaghetti Bolognese on Saturday evening for the next fifty years of your life, then Bill Buchman may not be for you.

There are very, very little books/DVD's on the creative/expressive part of art/drawing; Bill Buchman is a rare exception. I graduated in college (not an art college, but psychology and learning processes), Master's Degree, with a professor in creativity, so I know a bit in this area. The bulk of art teachers are completely! ignorant of, and only have baloney to say, about creativity. What Bill Buchman says makes sense, compared to his colleagues art teachers, Bill Buchman is the maestro in creativity.
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