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  • By hermitfarm
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Life Drawing Sketchbook by Carol Chapel" This fine little book is like a "How To Go About It" for both beginning and continuing artists, though it is NOT a "How To Do It" book. It is simply that this artist, in making her sketches, in her own way of seeing, reveals so much about how one might go about doing Life Drawing. First of all, Ms. Chapel is an excellent artist. Her drawings are informed by an obvious understanding of anatomy. I suppose that at this point I must warn some folks who might have some objections that the drawings here are based upon nude models, both female and male, as employed in Life Drawing classes of the better art schools. Even with a draped model, any serious artist must know what lies beneath. She or he must know what bones, muscles, dynamic and structures lie beneath or the drawing or painting in order to tell the truth. This is a real necessity for any serious artist who approaches what is, arguably, one of the most... More > complex, challenging and beautiful single subject in all realistic art. How else can one learn, except by direct observation? Beyond this, what I like most about this book is that here we can see an artist THINKING. On page after page she has chosen a particular focus, something in particular that interested her that day in each of her models, and develop- those areas, letting a full composition of the page evolve from these. Some are in sensitive line studies and most of them open up into what is sometimes called, "empty space." But these openings are anything but empty. They are fully as important to the complete composition as the more fully defined areas. She is often at play. As she tells us in her clear, unaffected and sparse statements, she has used the first focal points as jumping off places from which to develop a full drawing. Space is not empty. It is a vital and energy filled part of the drawing. In some cases the artist has shown herself experimenting further with various other media, and this gives rise to all kinds of ideas and possibilities for the attentive viewer. Occasionally she uses color, but sparingly, since the point here, for her, is drawing. Yes, I do have one problem with the book. I want more. This is NOT because it, as a valuable source, is not well-priced, but because I just wanted more. Maybe out of my own lazi- ness in not simply going ahead and trying some of the many possibilities and ideas that the book inspires. Maybe I should just get to work and try some of them. But first, I think I'll simply get some to give as gifts. Jenny Hunter Groat April, 2007< Less
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Carol Chapel
March 1, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
0.29 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
9 wide x 7 tall
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