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A new, focused, intelligent perceptual drawing text


Date: Thu Jun 13 2002 - 11:57:03 PDT

I would like to share information about a book that will be of interest to
everyone interested in the practice and the teaching of perceptual drawing.

I have recently written, designed, and illustrated DRAWING FROM OBSERVATION:
An Introduction to Perceptual Drawing. text book. I was not satisfied with
the drawing books that are currently available so I set out to put one
together that was different. What makes this book different is that it is
more limited. It is meant to be limited, although focused might be a more
appropriate description. This text focuses on the techniques, issues and
concepts that are specific to perceptual drawing. DRAWING FROM OBSERVATION
weaves together two complementary approaches: one rooted in hands-on drawing
mechanics and the other in background theory and/or explanatory material.
Illustrating the text throughout, in addition to fifty master works are two
hundred technical illustrations and two hundred student projects.

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There are more images a thorough description of the book at:

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* Progressive Skill Development: DRAWING FROM OBSERVATION begins with the
fundamentals: holding a drawing tool; positioning oneself and one's work;
making sensitive and expressive marks. It introduces intuitive and analytical
gesture and builds on this foundation with techniques of gradually increasing
complexity. By the end, students have been provided the necessary information
and techniques to accurately render anything they see, including irregular
forms and objects in one- two- and three-point perspective.
* Well Illustrated: Over 500 illustrations demonstrate principles, depict
methods, and show results. Additionally, fine art drawings and paintings from
a broad historical range complement an inspiring portfolio of student work.
* Appendix of Activities: A series of assignments, keyed to each chapter,
is offered in the back of the book.

 Author: Brian Curtis, University of Miami *
ISBN: 0-07-241024-8
Description: 2002 / Softcover / 336 pages
Publication Date: November 2001

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