Two New (Old) Books

The Drawing Book by Jeffery Camp

When I was a kid, my parents had the UK version of this book called Draw: How to Master the Art. As a teenager, I may have copied a few things from it, its emphasis on how we copy to learn, but my strongest memory is leafing through the pages. There is so much to see, so many drawings of drawings. It’s lovely having this— the American version with pages tan with age— on my bookshelf. While I can’t guarantee I’ll be copying anything soon, I expect it will spark some new ideas.

How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art by David Salle

I’ve been intrigued and impressed by David Salle’s paintings for a while. I want to understand how they are constructed and how the elements flow together and see if I can do something similar. He also writes about other artists’ work, so I hope this will be worthwhile.

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