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A Visual Languageis a practical book, with a strong, innovative methodology for approaching the visual arts. Following the same structure as the first edition, A Visual Languagestarts with the basics of drawing and composition, and gradually moves on to explore more complex arrangements, including abstract and representational analysis and composition. Building on the principles of visual language established in their last book, this revised second edition expands particularly on three-dimensional forms. In the last chapter, a selection of sketchbook studies on international artists from various different visual disciplines demonstrates the methods presented earlier in the book, and helps visual artists to develop skills and confidence in their artistic work. Illustrated with brand new photographs and diagrams throughout, this book is essential reading for any artist, regardless of their level, and the only introduction to the visual arts that a beginner should require.
David Cohen is a well-known potter. He taught at the Edinburgh College of Art for many years, and then became head of the ceramics department at the Glasgow School of Art (1985-1991). He is now retired, but his work is exhibited all over the world. He has appeared on radio and television programs, and his work has been featured in a number of books.Scott Anderson, David's son, teaches art and design at Cape Cod Community College, Massachusetts. He has an MFA in drawing and painting from Edinburgh College of Art, and has worked as a teacher and a fine artist for many years, both in the UK and the US.
Table of Contents
PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroductionNon-representational drawingTwo-dimensional plane to three-dimensional formRepresentational drawing and abstract analysisThe figure Self-expression and visual practiceIndex