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This is definately THE best book around on the subject of expressive drawing. I recommend it to all my students on the BA course as it uses the same approach as we teach for developing work in textile art and design. It encourages a different approach from representational drawing - if you want an exact likeness to something as an end product, no this is not for you. If you want to be inspired to make your own art, to go with your feelings and make truely personal work, this is for you. Textile students are not making Fine Art, but rather using drawing as a tool to work initial ideas from. Of course, you can also use this approach to develop Fine Art as well, if you want to. Yes, many of the forms that result are often abstracted, but as with Monet's later watercolour studies, this does not mean they are totally "abstract" - there are degrees of this, you can go as abstract as you want to. Ways of handling line, shape and texture are developed to portray movement or stillness or other qualities in the drawing- all skills taught in this book. Compostional skills are there, but they are taught in a new and exciting way too. This is a totally contemporary approach to drawing, which allows the student to go beyond the photo finish (a camera does this better in any case) and develop their own style of drawing, for their own uses. This is a wonderfully freeing, non-intimidating approach, open to everyone, with practice, these skills can be applied to numerous applications as well as enjoyed for their own sake.