Drawing Basics: Two New Books Look Interesting

Recently, two new drawing books caught my eye. I hope to review one or both in an upcoming issue of Drawing, but for those of you who need holiday gift ideas for the draftsman on your list RIGHT NOW, here's a sneak preview.


Understanding architecture through drawing Understanding Architecture Through Drawing (Taylor & Francis Group, New York City) is not about the drawing process, but rather about how drawing can be used as a learning tool. "The aim of this book is to explore how freehand drawing can increase the level of understanding of the complexities of modern architeture," writes the author, Brian Edwards, in his introduction. Numerous sketches illustrate the book, and chapter titles such as "Using Drawing to Analyse an Urban Area," "Gateways, Entrances, and Doorways," and "Sequential Sketches" have this reader intrigued–I have a feeling this book will be my faithful companion on the subway for a couple of weeks. The author is a professor of architecture at the Edinburgh School of Art, in Scotland.


Classic human anatomy--an artist's guide for figure drawing Classic Human Anatomy (Watson-Guptill/Random House, New York City) is the dream book I didn't know I wanted. Valerie L. Winslow, a talented artist who has taught anatomy and figure drawing/painting at the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California; Cal Arts, in Los Angeles; and Pixar Animation Studios, in Emeryville, California, authored a spectacular book that explores and fully illustrates the bones, muscles, and external forms of the human body in clear, seemingly accurate fashion. Wow, this book really does it all. Winslow clearly labels specific parts of the body–and she also pulls back far enough to show the basic planes of anatomical forms. She even shows exactly how various nose structures (upturned, round-tipped, etc.) are formed. We will check this book to verify its essential accuracy, but it looks like this will be an important reference for our staff, who will use it to verify facts in stories for years to come.

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Hi. I'm the managing editor of American Artist, Watercolor, Drawing, and Workshop magazines. Drawing magazine is primarily my responsibility so I spend a lot of time looking at drawings, talking with draftsmen, and drawing ... but I love to paint, too.

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