Strokes of Genius 3: Fresh Perspectives (Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing)
"Drawing is the connection between eye, heart and hand."
Drawing is a fundamental skill for artists in any medium, a wonderfully direct means of expression and the driving inspiration behind this provoking collection. Strokes of Genius 3 celebrates drawing as an art form in its own right, featuring work from 95 of today's brightest artists.
In this brilliant collection of drawings, 95 contemporary artists explore the subjects that touch their hearts and discuss how they capture them in their medium of choice. In addition to traditional pencil, charcoal and ink, you'll find a number of scratchboard, colored pencil and mixed-media works. Subject matter ranges from timeworn city architecture to portraits of beloved dogs, including such perennial favorites as landscapes, harbor scenes, flowers, still life, the human figure and more.
- 140 world-class drawings, from simple, direct sketches to meticulously layered works of art selected from thousands of submissions
- Exciting mix of styles, mediums and techniques, presented in subject-specific chapters: Town & County, Portraits, Pets, Still Life, The Human Figure and Wildlife
- Artists' commentary on the concepts and techniques behind each piece
To further explore the "Fresh Perspectives" theme, each featured artist was asked to finish the phrase, "Drawing is...." Their responses, scattered throughout, add yet another dimension to this book:
"Drawing is a moment of poetry."
"Drawing is to art what physics is to science."
"Drawing is art stripped to its bare bones."
Above all, it is the art itself that will cause you to keep this volume handy on the coffee table or bookshelf for when you want to curl up, look at the world through these artists' eyes, and come away with a more vivid sense of what drawing is--or can be--to you. Whether you are an artist in search of fresh inspiration or a connoisseur fascinated by great artwork and the processes behind it, Strokes of Genius 3 promises many pleasurable hours of browsing, appreciation and discovery.
during an eighteen-hour power outage. It combined wonderful candlelight reflections, ribbed glass, wood grain and fur, all things I’d never attempted since I took up drawing in September 2009 (self taught). My drawings take about six weeks, so working from photographs is a must. I begin by lightly mapping shapes, then use a variety of pencil grades to convey a sense of photorealism, adding tonal change and texture, building successive layers, blending where appropriate, using a kneaded putty
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instincts and my hand. Erin is a compelling subject and a student of art history who deserves recognition and continues to inspire my work. The title Rossina’s Apple was a bit of intentional misdirection, as clearly the focus of this charcoal is Rossina’s eyes. My desire in this drawing was to capture the powerful yet fleeting moment when her eyes connect with the viewer in a way that becomes nearly impossible to describe in words. DRAWING IS truth projected through the eyes of the artist.
acid-free mat board coated with Art Spectrum Colourfix primer • 9 × 6½” (23cm × 17cm) Collection of Genevieve Wilson DOGS DOZING • Donna Krizek Charcoal on laid paper • 18 × 24 (46cm × 61cm) It is the task of the artist to find order in chaos, so let’s consider an economy of order, effort and delivery. The assignment is a drawing of three big white dogs, Samoyeds, one male, two females, each one unique, yet all three just big white dogs. Now this charcoal drawing, rendered completely from
× 22cm) Most of my perspective drawings are done on location (both indoors and out). I first establish the horizon line and vanishing points, paying attention to proportions and the relationship of all elements I want to include in the picture. When applying value and color, I concentrate on depth and the focal point. However, I would not be successful if I thought of perspective strictly as a science as in the Webster’s definition: “Perspective is the science of painting and drawing so the