Drawing : Space, Form, and Expression

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This highly-readable book describes the basic fundamentals of drawing in terms of spatial organization, three-dimensional form, and expressive value. Its portfolio of old and new masterworks allows the reader to compare and contrast these exemplary visual models, and the accompanying written descriptions clearly explain the works presented.This book covers such topics as three-dimensional drawing and the picture plane; two-dimensional drawing, positive and negative shape, and ambiguous space; shape, proportion, and layout; the interaction of drawing and design; linear perspective; form in space; form in light; subject matter; expression; using color; drawing the human figure; and visualization.For creatives in the field of fine arts, graphic artists, and illustrators.

Table of Contents

1. The Three-Dimensional Space of a Drawing.
2. The Two-Dimensional Space of a Drawing.
3. Shape, Proportion, and Layout.
4. The Interaction of Drawing and Design.
5. Linear Perspective.
6. Form in Space.
7. Form in Light.
8. Subject Matter: Sources and Meanings.
9. The Form of Expression.
10. Using Color in Drawing.
11. Drawing the Human Figure.
12. Visualizations: Drawing Upon Your Imagination.
13. Portfolio of Student Drawings.
14. Portfolio of Contemporary Drawings.
Glossary of Media.
Glossary of Terms.


Our challenge in writing the third edition was to maintain the virtues of previous editions, with their emphasis on the absolute beginner, while increasing the usefulness ofDrawing: Space, Form, and Expressionfor students who have progressed beyond the fundamentals of drawing. With reference to adapting our book for more advanced study, the major change in this revised edition is the addition of a chapter on drawing the human figure. In developing this new chapter, our goal was to condense material appropriate to an introductory figure class into a manageably sized text for life drawing students. Organized around the principle of drawing the human form "from the inside out," this chapter starts with analyses of the bony and musculature systems, and a discussion of gestural response to the figure as a means to summarize bodily form and to test layout. It concludes with a detailed examination of the narrative potential in figurative art.The third edition also features extensive revisions of three chapters that appeared in earlier editions. "Visualizations: Drawing from Your Imagination," a chapter tailored for students who wish to expand their source material beyond observed reality, benefits from enhanced practical guidelines to conceiving envisioned drawings and also from a memorable collection of invented images, over half of which are new. Inspirational works of peers are once again concentrated in the chapter "Portfolio of Student Drawings." This chapter showcases 24 sustained drawings, selected from 16 schools and departments of art nationwide. By devoting a chapter solely to student works, accompanied by a text that examines the form and content of each image, we attempt to furnish realistic benchmarks of quality and ambition for the student reader. The wholly revised chapter, "Portfolio of Contemporary Drawings," anchors the art and craft of the drawing tradition in the twenty-first century. By exploring today's trends through images drawn by leading contemporary artists, advanced students may begin in earnest to associate the drawings they make with the streams of theory and aesthetic practice that define art now.Left intact in this new edition is our commitment to showcasing a vital mix of old and new masterworks. The richness of these images selected from across the arc of history not only serves as an essential complement to the written word, but each image stands on its own as an exemplary visual model, able to teach volumes through the silent power of significant form. Looking to strengthen and diversify the graphic definition of our book, we have for this new edition replaced nearly half of the artworks (not counting technical illustrations), including over 40 new student works dispersed throughout the text.As in the first two editions, the organizational principle of our book is to proceed from the most basic information to the gradual introduction of more sophisticated concepts. Arranged into 14 chapters, this revised and expanded edition may be divided into two interrelated halves that more clearly echo the learning curve experienced by undergraduate art students. Chapters 1 through 7 lay the foundation for "the facts of seeing." In the first five chapters the dual nature of the picture plane is given special emphasis, first as an imaginary window onto space, and second as the literal flat surface upon which one draws. This approach is aimed at fostering an awareness of the natural union of drawing and design, while demystifying the systems of proportion and perspective. Chapters 6 and 7 retain their focus on the depiction of three-dimensional form by urging students toward an understanding of the structural properties of form through diagrammatic analysis, and the observation of surface phenomena as revealed by light. Chapters 8 through 14 are geared for students who have completed basic instruction and are ready to more deeply investigate matters of expression. Covered in these

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