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Drawing from Life: The Art of the Journal

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Publisher Comments:

Who hasn't, at one time or other, kept a journal? The impulse to record our daily lives on paper is nothing if not universal. Still, only a few of us have the discipline to make it past the first few entries, and fewer still manage to create diaries whose insight and visual beauty can inspire anyone but their authors. Drawing from Life: The Journal as Art is an exploration of these exceptionsbooks of obsessive wonder filled to their borders with drawings, sketches, watercolors, graphs, charts, lists, collages, portraits, and photographs.

Jennifer New takes readers on a spirited tour into the private worlds of journal keepersan architect, a traveler, a film director, an archeologist, a cancer patient, a songwriter, a quiltmaker, a gardener, an artist, a cyclist, and a scientist, to name just a fewillustrating a broad range of journaling styles and techniques that in the end show how each of us can go about documenting our everyday lives. Excerpts from journals by such artists as Maira Kalman, Steven Holl, David Byrne, and Mike Figgis give us a peek at how creative souls observe, reflect, and explore.

For those who already keep a journal, Drawing from Life will be an inspiration. For those who have always wanted toor tried and failedit might just be the motivation needed to get past that first week.

Book News Annotation:

Thirty-one individuals give a glimpse of their private drawings, doodles, scribbles, and stray thoughts--as recorded in uninhibited journals kept with passion and commitment. Each person is represented with a page of commentary and several reproductions of journal pages. Among the contributors are painters, architects, a volcanologist, a songwriter, a gardener, photographers.... The collection offers insight into creative thinking as well as inspiration to more timid or ambivalent journal keepers and to those who regularly observe and ponder but for some reason fail to document and thus miss out on the rewards and unexpected pleasures of such personalized records. Editor New is a writer and teacher based in Iowa City and is an avid journal keeper herself.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Thirty-one individuals give a glimpse of their private drawings, doodles, scribbles, and stray thoughts--as recorded in uninhibited journals kept with passion and commitment. Each person is represented with a page of commentary and several reproductions of journal pages. Among the contributors are painters, architects, a volcanologist, a songwriter, a gardener, photographers.... The collection offers insight into creative thinking as well as inspiration to more timid or ambivalent journal keepers and to those who regularly observe and ponder but for some reason fail to document and thus miss out on the rewards and unexpected pleasures of such personalized records. Editor New is a writer and teacher based in Iowa City and is an avid journal keeper herself. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781568984452
Subtitle:
The Journal as Art
Author:
New, Jennifer
Publisher:
Princ eton Architectural Press
Subject:
Drawing
Subject:
Diaries
Subject:
Graphic Arts - General
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - General
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Nonfiction
Subject:
Notebooks.
Subject:
Art - General
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20050602
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
10 x 8 x 0.875 in 1.67 lb
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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