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Writing on Drawing

Essays on Drawing Practice and Research

Increased public and academic interest in drawing and sketching, both traditional and digital, has allowed drawing research to emerge recently as a discipline in its own right. In light of this development, Writing on Drawing presents a collection of essays that reveal a provocative agenda for the field, analyzing the latest work on creativity, education, and thinking from a variety of perspectives. Bringing together contributions by leading artists and researchers, this volume offers consolidation, discussion, and guidance for a previously fragmented discipline. Available for the first time in paperback, it will be an essential resource for artists, scientists, designers, and engineers.

192 pages | 47 halftones, 3 tables | 7 x 9 | © 2008

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“This book captures the range of current debates, each contributor addresses themes that are significant to the development of drawing both as a practice and as a critical discourse. The book helps to outline an intellectual frame of reference for drawing practices, and allows an interdisciplinary conversation around the role of these activities in the wider world. This is an impressive achievement, as an academic who wishes to explore drawing as a cognitive process and as an artist working in the mass mediated world where the language of drawing has found a vital role, this book will be invaluable for me and to my students.”—Mario Minichiello, Birmingham City University

Mario Minichiello, Birmingham City University

“The past decade has seen a change of attitude towards drawing. Its importance as an element in human intelligence is now widely appreciated. However, there has not been a clear picture of research in the field or an agenda for future investigation. Writing on Drawing fills this gap. It gives an insight into current work and it is clear that a paradigm shift is underway. Drawing is, of course, strongly identified with art and design but it is now being seen in a much broader context. The contributions to this book give a new insight into this fascinating activity.”

Ken Baynes, Loughborough University

“Most  art libraries have nothing in their holdings that quite resembles this book. . . . Recommended.”


Table of Contents

Foreword - Re: Positioning Drawing
Anita Taylor
Steve Garner
Chapter 1    Towards a Critical Discourse in Drawing Research
Steve Garner
Chapter 2    Nailing the Liminal: The Difficultires of Defining Drawing
Deanna Petherbridge
Chapter 3    Drawing Connections
Richard Talbot
Chapter 4    Looking at Drawing: Theoretical Distinctions and their Usefulness
Ernst van Alphen
Chapter 5    Pride, Prejudice and the Pencil
James Faure Walker
Chapter 6    Reappraising Young Children’s Mark-making and Drawing
Angela Anning
Chapter 7    New Beginnings and Monstrous Births: Notes Towards an Appreciation of Ideational Drawing
Terry Rosenberg
Chapter 8    Embedded Drawing
Angela Eames
Chapter 9    Recording: And Questions of Accuracy
Stephen Farthing
Chapter 10   Drawing: Towards an Intelligence of Seeing
Howard Riley
Chapter 11   Digital Drawing, Graphic Storytelling and Visual Journalism
Anna Ursyn
Notes on Contributors

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