Synopses & Reviews
Stimulating exercises to help beginner to advanced students push the boundaries of traditional drawing.
As with most art forms, it's best to comprehend traditional drawing techniques before you break the rules. But once you've mastered the basics, you may find that you gravitate to more abstract ways of rendering everything from still lifes to figures. However, this book is not only about avant-garde style; it is experimental in that it forces the artist out of his or her comfort zone, whatever that might be.
In this book, renowned New York University professor, Robert Kaupelis, shares the tutorials that he used with his students, offering illustrations of drawings and paintings from old masters to contemporary artists (and even some outstanding works from his students) to explain techniques.
Covering everything from creating form through contour drawings to drawing with new technology, Experimental Drawing helps you zero in on concepts and form ideas that may take your work to a new and more intriguing level. Some of the innovative exercises you'll find here include:
• Drawing models while blindfolded
• Engaging in group drawing sessions popularized during the Dada era
• Utilizing different drawing materials like glass, plastic, feathers, string, sponges, metal dust, and more
• Reducing a post's brushstroke from six to one
• Using cross-contour lines for a more abstract still life
• Integrating a grid system on a carefully rendered scene to create an illusion of distorted space and movement
• And much more...
This classic volume's inventive and stimulating projects will help serious artists develop their own vision and their own way to draw. Includes more than 200 spectacular drawings by old and modern masters from Michelangelo to Jasper Johns.
This collection of inventive and stimulating drawing projects will help artists develop their own creativity. Drawings illustrate challenging skill-building exercises.
A series of inventive drawing projects designed to help artists develop their own creativity. Exercises include redrawing Old Master sketches, making 50 drawings in four hours, creating values, and contour-drawing blindfold.
About the Author
Robert Kaupelis was a Professor of Art and Art Education at NYU for nearly three decades. His paintings have won acclaim in over 50 one-man exhibitions, and he is represented in numerous permanent and private collections throughout the US. The New York Times has praised his "careful draftsmanship [and] ... balance of quiet but efficacious drawing and color." Kaupelis was cited by Herbert Livesey in The Professors as one of the outstanding teachers of art in the nation and an entire chapter in the book was devoted to his career. Kaupelis has conducted workshops from Alaska to Florida. He is also the author of Learning to Draw, published by Watson-Guptill.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents:
• Chapter One: A Few Words
• Chapter Two: Some Basics—Contour, Gesture, and Modeled Drawing
• Chapter Three: Organization/Structure—Making Things "Work Together"
• Chapter Four: Using Light and Dark
• Chapter Five: Photographs, Grids, and Projected Images
• Chapter Six: Probing a Single Form-Idea
• Chapter Seven: Old and Modern Masters—Appreciated and Exploited
• Chapter Eight: Drawing Extended
• Chapter Nine: Now to Begin...