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A Coffee Table Book
on 21 February 2013
I bought this one at full price (rare for me) due to the book description that states, "an essential read for visual arts students, artists who want to use drawing differently or explore its potential in their practice". However, it's a showcase of inspiration rather than any practical exploration for the artist/student.
It covers many disciplines so in that alone it may not inspire every artist. Ironically, the drawings, usually from inside a journal, are quite sparse or unenlightening. Few examples are truly exploratory in nature and therefore giving us very little, if any, insight into the artist's thought process or drawing approach. The focus is placed on the finished product and this is what makes it a coffee table book. It's lovely to look through, hence the 3 stars, but hardly what it claims to be and I never would have bought it at full price, if at all.
The only book that has, so far, given me practical ideas between drawing and art, is Drawn to Stitch by Gwen Hedley - most useful for abstract artists, especially working in mixed media, paper, or cloth.