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Drawing from Life: The Journal as Art Paperback – 11 May 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 01 edition (11 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568984456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568984452
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 1.8 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jennifer New is author of the best selling Dan Eldon: The Art of Life. She teaches at the University of Iowa School of Education and lives with her husband and children in Iowa City.


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This book is absolutely stunning. It's a collection journals and notebooks from people of varying professions and interests. The book is broken down into 4 sections: observation, reflection, exploration and creation. Each section headed with introductory text with further text on the individual "journalists". The journals themselves vary widely in styles, from scribbled notes to pages that have been rigourously worked on. If you want to see some images then you should visit [...] The shape of the book resembles a traditional journal, the paper is of good quality and the layout is clean and easy to enjoy. Drawing from life is truly inspirational.
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I liked this book very much. Essentially, it is a collection of samples of the journals of a wide range of different kinds of people, some who use journals professionally, some as recreation. Therefore, the styles and contents vary widely. For me it is an invaluable source of reference material and ideas to try out in my own journals.
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I began keeping a journal some six years ago whilst doing a Masters Degree at university. Not having studied an `art' type degree before, the idea of a journal/sketchbook was new to me but I became fascinated and addicted to journals and interested in how people used them, discovering the likes of Mike Rohde, Danny Gregory and Matthias.

Jennifer New's book published in 2005 is a fascinating insight how different people use their journals, with some lovely examples - who would have thought that David Byrne's simplistic sketch could have been the starting point for the visual and musical masterpiece `Stop Making Sense'?

Essentially, the book deals with different aspects of the use of journals:
Observation, Reflection, Exploration, and Creation.
(though quite clearly, as the New points out, this is simply a device to group the examples rather than a hard and fast taxonomy, as all the journals reflect each aspect of the creative process)

Observation includes the beautiful drawings of marine biologist Jenny Keller, whose precise yet beautiful drawings bring to mind the works of explorers of a different epoch. Retired engineer Masayoshi Nakano has used his journals to meticulously map the area of Musashino, creating miniature volumes that have the `Bonsai-type' appeal of reduced scale perfection.

In Reflection, the journals range from the dark brooding sketches of John Copeland to Tucker Shaw's `everything I eat in a year' project, a seemingly banal subject matter transformed by its context and collection into a body of work.

David Byrne's section under Exploration is fascinating to anyone familiar with or interested in his work. In complete contrast are the journals of John Clapp, arts professor at San Jose State University.
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Beautifully put together and full of engaging stories about the individuals who have produced these everyday works of art. I bought it several years ago but still constantly find myself flipping through it in spare moments - thoroughly recommend it to all.
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I fully agree with the reviews added by my predecessors. It is a beautiful and very ispiring book. The samples of journals are ever so interesting both in terms of the visual and intelectual contents.
It gave me lots of ideas for my own journal.
This book is truly exceptional among the plethora of art/craft/journal making books and I would highly recommend buying it.
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It has some good ideas but is extremely wordy and the print is tiny and very difficult to read. There are several better books on the subject. Overall poor.
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