This book is for anyone with an interest in drawing, or who wants to learn to draw, or who draws a lot already and is open to seeing it from a new perspective. I have started with a simple set of principles and exercises derived from my classes, and then worked more complex concepts into the mix. For beginning artists, making marks and starting to draw has never been easier. My students have confirmed this for me.
And for those with a hearty background in the arts, there is a lot new here. I too am a seasoned illustrator and the path I took back to drawing – really examining it with my students – allowed me to discard a lot of formulas unnecessary to the act of drawing, and became better at drawing almost instantly and I believe you too will benefit from these most basic of ideas.
‘Odd Marks’ are to be found around you; explore the latent artistry in your own surroundings; immerse yourself in the rich visual world you inhabit.
Drawing made after returning from a vacation. This overhead view is from a hotel window – from memory, remember – and the writing is backwards.
There is a dreamy quality to the compositions, not the linear way one might draw when sitting on site. See how the other hand has its own style.
Fresh off a Canyonlands trip, using my left — non-dominant hand — I recalled, on paper, my impressions or visual memories, of some scenes I had experienced. The ease and immediacy of the images that appeared was a magical thing, as my recollection was ‘automatic’ and flowed without me pre-thinking.