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Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art (Anglais) Broché – 2 juin 2005

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Jennifer New is author of the best selling Dan Eldon: The Art of Life . She teaches at the University of Iowa School of Education and lives with her husband and children in Iowa City.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Quality production, quality content 20 janvier 2006
Par C. Ebeling - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
To the world outside of practicing or incidental artists, the word "journal" connotes text and writing, so much penmanship. Jennifer New's DRAWING FROM LIFE effectively illustrates that the impulse engines for journaling--observation, reflection, exploration and creation--can operate through visual imagery, either collected scraps or original work, as well as text. Her book looks at artistic journals kept by a variety of people, some of them whose careers would suggest left-brain strengths but whose extemporaneous work is highly creative. Some of the journal-keepers she profiles are recognizable from the media, such as musician/filmmaker David Byrne, graphic novelist Lynda Barry, the guy who photographs everything he eats and the creator of the 1,000 journals project.

New offers a succinct profile of each journal-keeper and sample color plates from their books. It is exciting to see a mind in the moment of conception, and how different minds order information. Likewise, it is inspiring to see how journals can enhance lives and push creative problem solving faculties. An architectural designer notes that while his firm employs considerable high technology in its work, he finds that the germination of ideas is best promoted at the outset by the melding of mind, eye and hand through journaling. This is far more sophisticated than books dedicated to decorating journal and scrapbook pages.

Though a soft cover, the book is sumptuously produced. The pages are heavy, glossy stock, the binding is stitched, not merely glued. The lay-out is particularly effective.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A New Look at Artists' Journals 18 août 2011
Par Bob from sketchbob (dot) com - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
There are plenty of books out there about sketchbooks and artists journals. Sadly, few of them cover the full scope of this under-appreciated art form.

Unlike most books in the genre, Jennifer New's "Drawing from Life: The Journal as Art" explores the motivations artists have for creating sketchbooks and the reasons why art journals are as valid an expressive medium as any shown in a gallery.

"Drawing from Life," which features the work of 31 journal artists, could be enjoyed on a purely visual level and would still be one of the better examples available. But New offers more: a different way for us to look at sketchbooks and artists journals. Her definition of journals includes work that challenges our preconceptions of what is or is not an art journal. Consequently, she includes not only the expected visual artists, illustrators, and designers, but also filmmakers, architects, songwriters, scientists--even an engineer and a psychiatrist.

In addition to an expanded definition of what comprises a sketchbook or journal, New also provides us a four part framework in which to view them. This framework, which she calls a "hierarchy of reasons" for keeping a journal, highlights common threads she has seen in the thousands of sketchbook pages she reviewed for this book. New assigns the sketchbooks she presents to one of the following four categories: observation, reflection, exploration, or creation.

By dividing the books into these four categories, she provides insight into the underlying reasons people keep sketchbooks and a context that enriches not only the work in this book, but all sketchbooks and art journals.

Throughout the book, New successfully straddles the divide between substance and pretense, offering readers a view of sketchbooks that is thoughtful and sophisticated without being overly cerebral. She treats her subject seriously without sacrificing the intimacy inherent in the medium, and the warmth of her affection for journals of all types permeates her writing.

You won't learn many techniques from "Drawing from Life," but the market is rife with how-to guides. New offers readers something truly original instead: an insightful, intelligent context in which to consider the medium of sketchbooks.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Less than wowed, not quite bored... 27 avril 2010
Par meeah - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
There is so much currently available on the internet--for free--that authors of books such as this one really need to try much harder to make it worthwhile for potential readers to part with their money. Simply put: I dont think Drawing From Life is worth the price of admission, not the full-admission price, anyway.

One can draw some inspiration from its pages, but this isnt a how-to book. The journals selected for inclusion run the gamut from "wow" to "huh?" On the whole, its difficult to see what--if any--objective criteria were used to judge the merits of those represented. The scribbled math formulas of a scientist, for instance, hardly seemed to me an example of "The Journal as Art." There was little in the way of journal theory, even less in the way of journal history. Ive found more visually interesting pages on a website like 1000 Journals, and technique-oriented books abound for those who want to get to work on their own journals.

This might have been one of the first--and most visible--of the books that chronicled the emerging practice of the-journal-as-art and, as such, might once have been a revelation and an inspiration to an increasingly growing art genre. But I think that time may well have passed it by. Unless you feel the need to complete your journalling library with this once-upon-a-time essential, perhaps even landmark, text, I'm inclined to suggest that you can pass on "Drawing From Life."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Reassuring for those who journal, inspiring for those who want to. 18 janvier 2007
Par VulpesFerox - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I am a visual artist and have always been fascinated with the concept of journaling. This book helped me understand that there's no wrong way to keep a journal (for those of you who tend to think your journal isn't as interesting as other peoples, or that you're "not doing it right", this book is a confidence booster). Journaling is often personal and it's easy to feel self conscious of ones journal while in a vacuum; going through this book and seeing the stories and examples of total strangers helped me not be so critical of myself. I very much enjoyed the examples of each persons journal, especially the handwritten ones; the image quality was so good you could read the entries clearly. It's fun looking through other peoples journals, but confusing if you don't have the person there to explain things...this book includes how the journal writer works, why they do it, and how it has benefited other aspects of their career and/or life.

I was impressed that the majority of the people featured in the book weren't career artists; some were naturalists, psychiatrists, mothers, and college students (to name a few). I liked that there was a wide spectrum of individuals featured in the book.

It also shows that there are a variety of ways to keep a journal and that it doesn't always have to be a "Dear Diary" kind of scenario. It was also interesting to see what people used for journals and how they incorporated other media such as collage, digital photography, etc. or how journaling led to other forms of creation.

As other reviewers have mentioned this is not a book of journaling techniques. However, I found it inspiring to see the different kinds of journals people keep and it's given me ideas of my own to run with.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Buy this book! Filled with inspiration, I promise ... 14 juin 2017
Par Leah Banzhof - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Buy this book! Filled with inspiration, I promise . I'm stubborn and picky as it is, so as an artist, this book does more to my imagination than I thought it would. 5/5 for sure
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