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Live & Learn: Expressive Drawing: A Practical Guide to Freeing the Artist Within [Hardcover]

Steven Aimone
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Sept. 1 2009 AARP®

The many people who long to draw—but feel too intimidated to try—will rejoice at the wonderful first entry in this brand-new creative series. Written by arts educator Steven Aimone, it’s packed with solid, friendly, hands-on instruction, as well as inspiring images, and backed by the trusted AARP name. Aimone teaches an accessible style called expressive drawing that emphasizes line and mark, rather than rendering a specific object, which for many people, can create barriers to self-expression. Exercises start off simple and quick, encouraging readers to work on instinct and feeling, while the later ones focus on detail and refinement. The book features hundreds of

images of work by well-known artists from Debuffet to Jim Dine—and each chapter includes a profile of someone who came to drawing late in life and achieved recognition.

 


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About the Author

Steven Aimone is a nationally recognized arts educator and accomplished artist. Each of his sought-after workshops encourages participants to consider drawing, painting, and design as an exciting visual language that focuses on expressing inner states of being. One of the most popular of these forms the basis for this book, focusing on elements of line and mark in drawing.

 

Aimone is also the author of DESIGN! A Lively Guide to Design Basics for Artists and Craftspeople (Lark Books/Sterling Publishing, 2004). He holds an MFA in drawing and painting from Brooklyn College, and has lectured at universities and in museums. Aimone’s paintings, drawings, and manipulated-paper compositions have been shown in numerous solo exhibitions.   

 

Aimone and his wife, Katherine, who wrote the artist profiles for this book, divide their time between Asheville, North Carolina, and Monhegan Island, Maine. They own and operate Aimone Art Services, offering workshops, arts writing, coaching, and critique. For more information, visit their website at www.aimoneartservices.com.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very different style of drawing Feb. 24 2011
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 1:00 Mins
(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.)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably a good book but wish I hadn't purchased Sept. 21 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read other reviews of this book before purchasing and should have heeded the warnings. Because I am interested in abstract and unconventional approaches to drawing, I thought this would be perfect for me, but after flipping through it I don't feel able or inspired to begin.

There is a monotonous sameness to the drawings all through the book, as though 'expressive' means the same thing to everyone who does it, like random scribbles. It was also disappointing to see that so many exercises required large scale paper attached to walls. I do understand the reason for this and how nice it would be able to do, if one had a large, open studio to work in, but it doesn't seem possible for me to do most of these exercises in my home, as I had imagined.

I do believe the author has valuable lessons here and don't doubt that someone who puts in the effort would have great results, it just isn't practical or inspiring to me. I'm hanging onto it hoping that some day I'll be able to use it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book May 13 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm really enjoying this book! I can't wait for the weather here to get better so I can get outside and try these techniques! I have a lot of experience with many mediums and as a mixed media artist am always looking to experiment and learn new things. I would recommend this book to anyone with a good fundamental background in drawing and a strong knowledge of composition and design elements and principles. In my opinion abstract concepts are only possible when you have a solid background in the basics.
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109 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next best thing to being there... Nov. 5 2009
By Audrey Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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. [...]

--Audrey Phillips
133 of 141 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very different style of drawing Feb. 24 2011
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
(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.)
60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent unique art book Aug. 19 2009
By cat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book and Cherish It Sept. 5 2009
By Lisa Stroud - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expressive Drawing Nov. 5 2009
By Martica Griffin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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
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