Experimental Drawing Techniques - 30th Anniversary edition Paperback – 1 Aug 1992
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Robert Kaupelis was a professor of Art and Art Education at for three decades. His paintings have won acclaim in more than 50 exhibitions.
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Kaupelis' approach is to teach you how to truly engage with things as you draw them. At the beginning of the book he wants you to make marks in novel, fun and seemingly ridiculous ways (now commonly considered the 'right-brain' technique) that make you really look at/experience the subject you're drawing and dispel any notions of what might be a 'correct' representation thereof. He then focuses on aspects of shape, tone, composition etc. before moving on to abstraction and conceptual drawings.
His projects are consistently surprising, playful, adventurous and great fun (I thought), and you do see your drawing ability improve dramatically very quickly as you basically learn from yourself - you're bypassing received ideas and discovering something you've been able to do all along - before developing and shaping it. The 'discovering' part is especially exciting and inspiring as Kaupelis extensively illustrates his points using drawings by old masters, contemporary artists of the time and his own students, encouraging you to give your own work equal importance and learn from them as you would from peers.
Unlike the mass of books trying to teach people how to draw, it doesn't ask you to copy the author's style, to 'imagine things as cubes, cylinders and cones', to copy yet another tedious landscape or still life or supposedly 'proper' drawing. Instead, it wants you to experiment, to free yourself up as well as work hard on the classic elements that make up a great drawing. It's not a patronising 'quick fix guide for amateurs', but an invitation to take your work very seriously indeed while not taking yourself too seriously at all.
The fact that this book hails from the 70s (it's older than I am) might be a turnoff to some, but in my opinion doesn't matter in the slightest - even the later chapter about moving your drawing on and trying out new techhniques and technologies still applies.
This book is exactly what I was looking for, I love the way the author writes, as it feels like I'm in his lecturing class, and at the end of every chapter/section there are creative exercises to practise upon.
And honestly, the fact that some illustrations seem a bit greyish and old should NOT be a considerable problem in buying this book. The text is more important, and since it is very well writen and explains perfectly what it was meant to explain then there is no reason to ditch it.
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