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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry (1 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592537243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592537242
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Based on the popular One Drawing A Day blog, this book presents 42 short drawing exercises--one per day for six weeks. These simple project ideas address different aspects of drawing including line quality, subject matter, inspiration, and color. Various styles are represented and a wide range of media is covered as Lawlor (Pratt Inst. & Parsons The New School for Design) and seven other professional illustrators explain the exercises. Also included is a gallery section showcasing the contributors' own work. Beginning and experienced artists alike will find that this highly accessible book can boost motivation, strengthen discipline, or even jump-start creativity during a block." - Library Journal

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Veronica Lawlor is currently on the faculty of Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design. She teaches at Dalvero Academy and is president of Studio 1482, an illustration collective based in New York City. Lawlor has exhibited her work at the United Nations, the Puck Gallery, the Society of Illustrators, and the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration. Her illustration work has appeared in numerous publications including New York, Vanity Fair, Food & Wine, and The New York Times.

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Nov. 2011
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This is a book that grew out of the One Drawing a Day blog.

There are 42 interesting daily exercises aimed at giving you ideas on what to draw, and encourages encourage exploration and experimentation. Some involves drawing simple subjects around the house, some encourages you to draw outdoors, drawing the nature or people at a cafe.

The instructions are minimal but give you a good starting point to generate more ideas on things you can draw. The exercises require you to find a subject to draw, something you can see and use a reference, and not on conjuring ideas from imagination. The drawing style you can use are suggested by the exercises. We're not talking about realistic representational drawings but more on the loose and expressive.

It's important to note that this is a mixed media book. There are lessons that require different materials, like charcoal, watercolour, crayon, bamboo pen, etc. If you don't already have them, it might be difficult to follow along. A lesson that requires using watercolour can't really be substituted with other materials without losing the point of the lesson.

This is not a book for beginners with absolutely no idea on how to draw. You can be asked to draw portraits, and that requires observation skills that are taught not in the book. However, it's a fine book to pair with beginner drawing books.

The ending gallery features the work of artists from Studio 1482, which author Veronica Lawlor is part of. Other artists includes Despina Georgiadis, Eddie Peña, Dominick Santise, Kati Nawrocki, Greg Betza, Michele Bedigian and Margaret Hurst.

I'll recommend this book to those who want to keep their mind creative, and those who just want to have fun drawing.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J.enny Stewart on 23 May 2013
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if like me you have lost the ability to draw after having a stroke,this book is helpful as the ideas get you thinking.Ive followed the lessons but I think it is going to take longer than six weeks.However,the main premise draw every day is good as practise may help me when Im thinking what shall I draw?Do have a go especially if you think you can't draw.Y
you may surprise yourself.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lucky L on 15 Feb. 2012
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This book has a lively, loose feel, but at its core contains a series of numbered exercises to get you out and about, drawing different subjects with various media, some of which may be unfamiliar.

It's put together by a team of 8 working illustrators (with the exercises split between them) so there's a variety of styles on show. As well as the artists' comments on their own sketches, there's also variations and tips relating to the exercises.

This book does not teach you how to draw; its a series of prompts to encourage people who already draw to freshen up their approach with some new techniques/media/ideas, and I think it does that quite successfully.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By alan g kennell on 21 Dec. 2012
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I like this book but my wife , for whom it was bought,does not. We are both experienced amateur artists. I have no problem finding subject matter all day every day but my wife seems to need more inspiration. I thought this book with its guiding format and examples of work ( which seems to me to be very much the sort of thing most of us actually achieve in sketchbooks ) would do the trick. It has not worked for her but I still think it is does what it sets out to do.A book for those starting on the drawing road perhaps.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Louise on 11 Feb. 2012
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The is a very inspiring book, full of exercises that kick start you, whether you are an amateur artist or a professional illustrator. The quality of the exercises and book 'tutors' is valuable, vigorous and contemporary. There is nothing twee here! Love it and use it all the time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sonia Cabrera on 3 Mar. 2013
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I always look and read works about drawing from scholarly treatises to how to manuals, in order to enrich and complement my own practise. I have embarked in an ambitious drawing and text project that will take another five years to finish. I found this book help me keep things in perspective, a source for ideas and a companion when I am in the 'how can I do this' mood.

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Sonia
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SMC on 9 Feb. 2013
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I bought this for my daughter to encourage her to free her artistic skills and become expressive in her drawing, she has been using it regularly and it seems to work. Recommended for up-tight artists who need to just go for it and break all the rules.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By optimistic watercolourist on 24 Feb. 2012
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As previous reviewers have said - this is not a 'How to book' but one to encourage you to get on and just draw. Wonderful illustrations and ideas for using different mediums. Good for those who are keen beginners or the more experienced artist who needs motivation.
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