Expressive Drawing: A Practical Guide to Freeing the Artist Within (Live & Learn (Lark Books)) Hardcover – 1 Sep 2009
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About the Author
Steven Aimone is a nationally recognized arts educator and accomplished artist. Each of his sought-after workshops encourages participants to consider drawing, painting, and design as an exciting visual language that focuses on expressing inner states of being. One of the most popular of these forms the basis for this book, focusing on elements of line and mark in drawing.Aimone is also the author of "DESIGN! A Lively Guide to Design Basics for Artists and Craftspeople" (Lark Books/Sterling Publishing, 2004). He holds an MFA in drawing and painting from Brooklyn College, and has lectured at universities and in museums. Aimone s paintings, drawings, and manipulated-paper compositions have been shown in numerous solo exhibitions. Aimone and his wife, Katherine, who wrote the artist profiles for this book, divide their time between Asheville, North Carolina, and Monhegan Island, Maine. They own and operate Aimone Art Services, offering workshops, arts writing, coaching, and critique. For more information, visit their website at www.aimoneartservices.com."
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A lovely book that I will keep and re-read regularly whenever I feel the need for a different kind of challenge.
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The multiple 5-star reviews on Amazon lead me to get this book. Unfortunately, it wasn't what I expected.
The book teaches expressive drawing as compared to representational drawing. Whether or not you'll like this book will depend on which drawing style you like.
Representational drawing aims to create a likeness to what's seen. Expressive drawing, at they teach in this book, aims to link the artwork to your ideas and emotions.
The guided lessons cover the art basics such as line, shapes, balance and others. There aren't any lessons on rendering shadows (representational art) or composition (e.g. golden arc/rectangle or guiding the eye).
Many lessons are give ideas on loosening up and playing around with art, with respect to the particular subject taught. However, the emphasis is on enjoying the drawing process, rather than worrying about the end product. Maybe because of that, many examples fall into the category which I'm not particularly fond of -- abstract art. I feel that it's difficult to appreciate these artwork unless you're the one who create them.
You can preview more pages on Google Books - I wish I had - before deciding if it's your type of book.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book, concise explanation on the fundamentals of abstraction.Published 2 months ago by A LOVESBOOKS
Looks good. I have seen the youtube video's and this works through some of the exercises there.Published 15 months ago by SJC
I used some go the exercises and developed further ideas as a resultPublished 21 months ago by Dione
This is a book for both artists and those who just want to be creative without all the traditional formal drawing palaver. Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2014 by gillian willis
This book, for me, was about taking me back to the most raw and primitive creative place. Discovering the language of my body, arm, hand, as it relates to making my mark. Read morePublished on 1 May 2013 by Autumn M
I have only just started to scratch the surface with this book but it presents a very different approach to drawing which I am looking forward to experimenting with.Published on 8 April 2013 by Nibbles 511(Julie)
This book is well bound and published - gets 1 star. Equally the content is well presented in an orderly and efficient manner - gets a second star. After that, I'm lost. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2013 by Amazon Customer