From the author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comes a novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom. I came to David Hockney’s Secret Knowledge, like many other beautiful books, by way of Edward Tufte.
While I enjoy the mind-blowing content of his argument, what I enjoy most is Hockney’s way of looking. The wall, or art history from 1400-1900 becomes a three-part story: you have pre-optics (awkwardness), optics (the disappearance of awkwardness), and post-optics (the return of awkwardness).
Filed Under: NOTES ON WRITING AND DRAWING Tagged: art, awkwardness, collage, david hockney, optics, paintingLike this post? The bad part about the book is that this hockney guy, wasn`t able to produce a similar paintings to the old masters, so we`re just as we started (wondering how those masterpieces were done). Good drawing books are not a substitute for actually putting pencil to paper and practising your drawing, however they can help keep us on the right track with information on techniques and different media. By BETTY EDWARDSBack cover copy:Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the worlda€™s most widely used drawing instruction book.
Anna says:This book is very practical and is packed with drawing exercises, each building on the next to develop the five basic skills of drawing.
By DANNY GREGORYBack cover copy:Do you dare to be creative?Somewhere deep inside, we all have a longing to make things a€“ be they drawings, music, hand-knit sweaters, or loaves of bread. Anna says:The Creative License is a beautiful book a€“ oozing colour and creativity, the hand-written type giving it a personal, journal-like feel.
By KIMON NICOLAIDESBack cover copy:a€?There is only one right way to draw and that is a perfectly natural way. Anna says:This book was first published posthumously in 1941 a€“ Nicolaides having died in 1938 a€“ with the help of his students and associates. An Artist's Survival Guideby David Bayles and Ted OrlandArt & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reason it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way.
In Great Self-Portraits forty-five works by some of the greatest artists give us an insight into this particular genre. Learn about the comics on this site, or enjoy reading some golden oldies that predate Name Removed. Subscribe to the full-content feed, or catch up on the archives with the Comic Rocket archive binge service. Comics on this site are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. Sacrificing easel time, Hockney performed unprecedented research on the actual artistic techniques and procedures of old masters such as Caravaggio, da Vinci, and Velázquez. Just the idea of putting all the images up in a timeline and deducing from there, that’s amazing. Nevermind to what he proposes, we dont have (GOOD)contemporary examples of a painting using camera obscura. Featured here are books that I hope will inspire, inform and educate - and I've included books on art, painting and colour and I will be adding to the list all the time. Whether you feel have little talent and you doubt you could ever learn, or you enjoy drawing but have been unable to get much beyond a childlike level, this book will show you how to gain the skill that you have always wanted. Throughout student drawings are included, along with many practical illustrations which show the instructions visually and clearly.
But in practicing, what, specifically, should you draw?This convenient workbook contains the answer: forty basic and new exercises that reinforce the five basic skills of drawing.
It has some familiar Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain exercises such as Picassoa€™s Stravinsky but also other new alternatives so ita€™s great if you have already taken the 5-day Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain course and want to practice further or just want some different options to try.
Then why do so few us consider ourselves creative?For years, author Danny Gregory told himself he wasna€™t, couldna€™t be an artist. Danny Gregory acknowledges his debt to Betty Edwards and other artists and although in some ways, what he is saying is nothing new, he presents it in such a fun and inspiring way that I defy anyone not to pick up a pen and start drawing after youa€™ve read this book!


A classic drawing book it has sold over 250,000 copies in hardcover but it is not a book for the faint-hearted and nor for the beginning student. 2nd Revised edition in Paperback published 2006)In Secret Knowledge David Hockney explores how artists of the past managed to depict the world so vividly. This is a book about what it feels like to sit in your studio or classroom, at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. Using pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, as well as engravings and etchings, we are treated to a lesson in the use of different media and how media can be used to affect the tone of the self-portrait, as well as gaining an insight into how these artists saw themselves. His latest book An Illustrated Life is exactly what it says it is: a look inside private sketchbooks.
Hockney's radical speculations have prompted both astonishment and outrage from prominent art historians and museum directors worldwide. Some books are practical how-to, others are inspirational and some are fiction that I've enjoyed and would like to share.
If you are already drawing as a professional artist or are an artist-in-training, it will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception. You are given advice on how to make your own tools to support your drawing.There is also a lot of background information on how the brain works, how we develop our drawing from childhood onwards, plus an introduction to using colour.
Each provides appropriate subject matter, brief instruction, sample drawings, a ready-made format in which to draw, and helpful post-exercise pointers.
But when a crisis made him re-examine his priorities, he saw hea€™d been speeding through life and missing the view.
This book is not about creating beautiful pencil drawings a€“ ita€™s about capturing the colour and life of everyday life. This book documents his explorations, his discoveries and his opinions as he explores the work of artists such as Caravaggio, Velasquez, van Eyck, Holbein, Leonardo and Ingres. It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing Free Will above predestination, choice above chance. Includes works from 15th-century artists as Gentile Bellini, Leonardo da Vinci, and Albrecht Durer to a range of 19th-century masters: James Whistler, Auguste Rodin, Vincent van Gogh, Berthe Morisot, Aubrey Beardsley, and others. Danny has gathered together the work of numerous artists and here you can step inside their imagination and see just how versatile a sketchbook can be.
The debate aside, Secret Knowledge offers readers the exhilarating opportunity to see the Old Masters afresh—through the eyes of a living master. Secret Knowledge is one of the most exciting art books in decades -- and one of the best detective stories in years. On the one wall he’d posited, as endpoint, Van Gogh’s portrait of Trabuc (1889); next to it, on the other, was a Byzantine mosaic icon of Christ from about 1150. Books are very personal and people get different things out of them and onea€™s persona€™s must-have is anothera€™s worst nightmare. Interwoven throughout are words on creativity and art by artists, writers, psychologists and more. Ita€™s about seizing the moment a€“ each moment and drawing drawing drawinga€¦ drawing in cafes, at train stations, in your lunch hour, in the doctora€™s surgerya€¦. However, if you can let go of feeling that you have failed from page 1 because you havena€™t done your 15 hours of drawing there is an awful lot to be found here in terms of invaluable practical instruction and I think it has a well-earned place on the drawing bookshelf. See works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens, Francisco de Goya, William Blake, and Camille Pissarro. In Secret Knowledge, hundreds of paintings are reproduced in stunning color plates, and many are discussed in close and accessible detail.
We all learn in different ways and authors will convey their message in a personal voice that may or may not speak to us. This is a book you can either work your way through from page 1 to 283 or you can dip in and out of it and always find something stimulating.
The result was a whole new perspective on life a€“ which he now shares in this beautifully illustrated program for reconnecting to our own creative energies.
If you want to a€?doa€™ Nicolaides drawing course it might be helpful to get together with a group of drawing buddies and work through the book together, it helps with motivation and ita€™s useful to see how someone else might interpret the same exercise very differently.


Hockney, rebuffs this view and says rather than attacking the idea of innate genius a€?optics would have given artists a new tool with which to make images that were more immediate, and more powerful". Anna says:You may not consider yourself as an 'artist' and therefore think this book can't offer you anything. Anna says:Dover Art Library books are not great works of production - they have been designed to bring art to as wide an audience as possible by keeping the retail price low.
Hockney's own drawings and photographs illustrate how artists would have used the technology available to them in rendering their subjects. Likewise how the book is laid out a€“ the size of type, number of illustrations and words, use of colour a€“ will all affect whether we are drawn to a book or not.
He gently instructs in the art of allowing ourselves to fail, giving up the expectation of perfection and opening our eyes to the beauty around us.
This isn't a book of high-quality reproductions but it is a useful book for learning more about the art of self-portraiture just be seeing how others have done it throughout history. Extracts from historical and modern documents provide further evidence while correspondence between Hockney and an impressive array of international art historians, curators, and scientists details both the evolution of his theory and the furor that has erupted over it.
In the light of this, my reviews are just that a€“ personal comments which I hope will be helpful in helping you decide if you want to part with your hard-earned cash.
However, if you are someone who prefers to have less words and something simply gives practical exercises and instructions then Ia€™d recommend The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook (see below). The result is The Creative License, a wild celebration of amateurism, full of humor, passion and encouragement, sure to inspire every doodler, frustrated writer, wannabe musician, and midlife-crisising executive a€“ in other words, the artist inside every one of us.
The contour drawing done in the Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain workshop is based on the work done by Kimon Nicolaides. This books considers the myth of 'talent' and emphasizes that artmaking involves skills that can be learned. With plates of a reasonable size it's also a good resource for copying works by the old masters and practising your drawing skills. Author Biography: David Hockney was born in England in 1937 and studied at the Royal College of Art. For this reason, where I can, Ia€™ve included the back cover copy and the contents list so you can find out more about whata€™s inside.
Anna Says:We use props in teaching Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain such as the proportion finder and the viewfinder and people sometimes feel ita€™s cheating.
He achieved internationalacclaim by his mid-twenties as part of the pop art movement and has gone on to become one of the best known artists of his generation. Our suggestion is that you see them like trainer wheels when you are learning to ride a 2-wheel bike. It encourages you to "learn how to make your work by making your work, and a great many of the pieces you make along the way will never stand out as finished art.
You use them at first but then you reach a point where theya€™re redundant and you can fly soloa€¦ I think too ita€™s helpful to know that even the greatest of artists had no qualms in making the most of anything technology could offer them.I love this book for more than the content of the text - and to be honest I can take or leave the controversy - the quality of production is superb a€“ over 400 top-quality colour illustrations, many of them full page and including details of major works, plus gatefolds all provide a wonderful resource for anyone interested in art.
It points out that "what separates artists from ex-artists is that those who challenge their fears, continue; those who don't, quit. Each step in the artmaking process puts that issue to the test." It's important to accept that you will do lots of drawings that you don't like - you don't have to like everything you do. It also includes Hockneya€™s correspondence during the two-year period of writing the book as well as examples of his own work.
There are detailed explanations of various optical aids a€“ what they look like, how they work and the effects they have on drawing. It includes extracts from writings of the Old Masters themselves, revealing the fascination and interest in the new a€?magicka€™ of lenses.
Overall it covers the visual evidence as well as the textual evidence and there is an extensive bibliography as well.The revised edition includes new material and is available in paperback.



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