Drawing from Life: The Journal as Art Paperback – 11 May 2005
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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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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.Read more ›
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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Full of brilliant sketches - was a good source of inspiration during doing art course at Edinburgh College of Art.Published 19 months ago by I. Emerson
A great book, brilliant as a resource for my illustration degree. Well laid out and easy to reference when using. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2014 by Emily Merritt
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