One Drawing a Day: A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity with Illustration and Mixed Media Paperback – 1 Oct 2011
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"Based on the popular One Drawing A Day blog, this book presents 42 short drawing exercises one per day for six weeks. These simple project ideas address different aspects of drawing including line quality, subject matter, inspiration, and color. Various styles are represented and a wide range of media is covered as Lawlor (Pratt Inst. & Parsons The New School for Design) and seven other professional illustrators explain the exercises. Also included is a gallery section showcasing the contributors own work. Beginning and experienced artists alike will find that this highly accessible book can boost motivation, strengthen discipline, or even jump-start creativity during a block." - Library Journal"
About the Author
VERONICA LAWLOR is the author of One Drawing A Day: A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity with Illustration and Mixed Media, published by Quarry in October 2011, and One Watercolor A Day: A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity Using Watercolor, Pattern, and Design, published by Quarry in December 2013.
Other books by Ms. Lawlor include I Was Dreaming to Come to America: Memories of the Ellis Island Oral History Project and September 11, 2001: Words and Pictures. I Was Dreaming received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was the awarded by the NCSS in 1995. It is currently part of the NY State teaching curriculum. In addition to her book pursuits, Veronica Lawlor is an instructor at Parsons the New School for Design, Pratt Institute, and her own Dalvero Academy. She is an illustrator and the president of Studio 1482, the illustration collective that contributed illustrations to One Drawing A Day and One Watercolor A Day. Veronica Lawlor is also a correspondent with Urban Sketchers, and her work was featured in the Quarry book: The Art of Urban Sketching, as well as in the first two issues of the Urban Sketching Handbook series.
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There are 42 interesting daily exercises aimed at giving you ideas on what to draw, and encourages encourage exploration and experimentation. Some involves drawing simple subjects around the house, some encourages you to draw outdoors, drawing the nature or people at a cafe.
The instructions are minimal but give you a good starting point to generate more ideas on things you can draw. The exercises require you to find a subject to draw, something you can see and use a reference, and not on conjuring ideas from imagination. The drawing style you can use are suggested by the exercises. We're not talking about realistic representational drawings but more on the loose and expressive.
It's important to note that this is a mixed media book. There are lessons that require different materials, like charcoal, watercolour, crayon, bamboo pen, etc. If you don't already have them, it might be difficult to follow along. A lesson that requires using watercolour can't really be substituted with other materials without losing the point of the lesson.
This is not a book for beginners with absolutely no idea on how to draw. You can be asked to draw portraits, and that requires observation skills that are taught not in the book. However, it's a fine book to pair with beginner drawing books.
The ending gallery features the work of artists from Studio 1482, which author Veronica Lawlor is part of. Other artists includes Despina Georgiadis, Eddie Peña, Dominick Santise, Kati Nawrocki, Greg Betza, Michele Bedigian and Margaret Hurst.
I'll recommend this book to those who want to keep their mind creative, and those who just want to have fun drawing.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
It's put together by a team of 8 working illustrators (with the exercises split between them) so there's a variety of styles on show. As well as the artists' comments on their own sketches, there's also variations and tips relating to the exercises.
This book does not teach you how to draw; its a series of prompts to encourage people who already draw to freshen up their approach with some new techniques/media/ideas, and I think it does that quite successfully.
you may surprise yourself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very disappointed in the content of this book and the quality of the drawingsPublished 3 months ago by Joyce O.
Really good AS LONG AS you keep your resolve and actually practice as this book (which DOESN'T preach) recommends. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ukrainereads
this is a very good little book I think it is a wonderful idea to improve your drawing skills. I am trying to do a drawing every day sometimes I don't get time but even if you do a... Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2013 by tessa bailey
...for a flagging wannabe artist...especially because one is required to use many different media & challenge oneself... Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2013 by Jamface
I'm sorry amazon recommended this book to me as i feel qite disappointed by it. i read the reviews before purchasing and on the whole they were very enthusiastic, unfortunately it... Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2013 by Maggie Hounslow
This is great for encouraging me and my son to just start putting marks on paper with different mediums without over-thinking the process. A good book which I would recommend.Published on 24 July 2013 by Mrs C