I'm one of the fortunate artists who has taken a workshop with Steve Aimone. Not to sound cliché, but studying with Aimone truly changed my life and altered my art career. This book is the next best thing to being in one of his workshops.
A masterful teacher, an innovative thinker, a sensitive soul, a deep resource of art history and knowledge, Steve has spent his lifetime brewing up an art curriculum titled "The Spiritual Language of Art".
"Expressive Drawing" is part of his lifetime of work and is a book that will help you think about your art in a different way, provide you with ways to explore and change your approach, and give you a fresh set of eyes. You'll never quite see things the same way after working through this "mini-workshop in a book".
And if you really want an immersion into a valuable experience that will not only enrich your art, but enrich your life, then sign up for one of his workshops.
And although this may sound something like a sales pitch, it's not. I'm a person who started creating art as a visual journaling exercise, an attempt to heal...never with any intention to show my art or make it a career. As I continued my process and found Aimone's classes, my work developed at a rapid pace and pushed my career quickly into galleries.
The book is a great introduction into the curriculum that Steve has created. As a beginner or pro, this book will speak to you. [...]
A very different style of drawing2011/2/25
(Please ignore my starred rating because I can't rate what I don't truly understand.)
The multiple 5-star reviews on Amazon lead me to get this book. Unfortunately, it wasn't what I expected.
The book teaches expressive drawing as compared to representational drawing. Whether or not you'll like this book will depend on which drawing style you like.
Representational drawing aims to create a likeness to what's seen. Expressive drawing, at they teach in this book, aims to link the artwork to your ideas and emotions.
The guided lessons cover the art basics such as line, shapes, balance and others. There aren't any lessons on rendering shadows (representational art) or composition (e.g. golden arc/rectangle or guiding the eye).
Many lessons are give ideas on loosening up and playing around with art, with respect to the particular subject taught. However, the emphasis is on enjoying the drawing process, rather than worrying about the end product. Maybe because of that, many examples fall into the category which I'm not particularly fond of -- abstract art. I feel that it's difficult to appreciate these artwork unless you're the one who create them.
You can preview more pages on Google Books - I wish I had - before deciding if it's your type of book.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Excellent unique art book2009/8/20
I already own Design! by the same author, but this book is better. It provides wonderful and unconventional insight into successful and rewarding drawing and line/mark making. The practical advice and lessons set out in this book by Steve Aimone easily translate to other mediums, like painting or mixed media. This is not the usual 'how-to' book and I know of no other that accomplishes the same result. As the author states at the outset of the book, it is truly a mini-"workshop" in a book. Just wonderful.
Buy This Book and Cherish It2009/9/5
This is a fabulous book whether you're an emerging artist or an experienced artist. Read the book from cover to cover, then spend a weekend working in your studio with this book, and you won't believe how liberating your experience will be.
This book is for artists at all levels of their careers. I've shared it with people who are hobby painters as well as those who are professional artists and all have been amazed by the content. "Expressive Drawing" is more than a drawing book and can be used as a tool for any artist's endeavor. I can't wait for Aimone's next book! I hope it's on painting. http://www.amazon.com/Live-Learn-Expressive-Drawing-Practical/dp/1600592813/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1257390410&sr=1-1