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VOYATo Micklewright, drawing is a language that can be learned with much practice. He compares drawing with writing: Both are visual expressions, both can be learned through instruction, and both have certain techniques that can enhance the presentation to convey what is intended. Using examples of master artists such as Ingres and Michelangelo as well as more contemporary work of Cezanne, Hockney, and others, different aspects of drawing are examined. Each chapter ends with "Ideas to Explore," in which the reader is given suggestions for practice. For example, in the chapter discussing the origins of drawing, the suggested exercise is to analyze two or three masters' drawings. For the Light and Tonal Value chapter, ideas to explore recommend making three drawings: One each using the tonal value of color, one of form, and one of light. Proportion, different materials, time, visual relationships, and more are discussed. This book combines theoretical as well as practical instruction. Micklewright advances the skills of which all artists should be aware, even if not consciously used in their work. For complete information about the well-chosen illustrations of art used in the text (date, size, medium, location), the reader must flip to the back. Further reading lists no book after 2002. Some words in the glossary are not in the index-frustrating if one wants to read further. Aside from these minor annoyances, this book is valuable for those learning the theory behind the elements of drawing and for those looking for practical instruction. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12;Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2005., Abrams, 168p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Further Reading., Trade pb. Ages 15 to Adult.
—Jane Van Wiemokly