This past weekend I had the great fortune to stumble upon an original 1958 hardcover edition of Robert Fawcett's book, "On the Art of Drawing". Only 9 bucks! Woo! I love a bargain! (There are a few copies available for cheap right now on Amazon if you are so inclined)
This book is so chock-full of goodness I had to get right to sharing some excerpts from it.
Oh, I don't mean the drawings (although I might scan a few later this week)... I mean the words. You can crack open this book and start reading just about anywhere. You're sure to find something thoughtful, thought-provoking, challenging, amusing, irritating, and... profound.
As if I didn't already have enough respect for "the illustrator's illustrator", this book might just become my new bible. I wish I'd owned it years ago.
From the Foreward:
"...the only formal training [I had in art] was a two year period at the Slade School in London. The hours were long each day, the materials restricted to pencil and paper. During that whole time it could be questioned if I ever produced a drawing worth looking at twice."
"At the time it did not seem that anything but drawing was necessary. Picturemaking or painting was something we believed would come by self-searching - by trial and error..."
"We believed that only by drawing would we begin to experience form in the most direct way, and that form was the basis of all we would do later."
"I do not mean to make it sound easy. For a time I considered calling this volume "Drawing Made Difficult," to try to counteract the influence of the many books I have seen which promise the reverse."
"The term 'student' which is used throughout is to be understood in its broadest sense - that is, that we are always students, even those of us who occasionally stand up and pontificate."
My Robert Fawcett Flickr set.
* Most of this week's scans will be from those generously contributed by various TI list members - my thanks to Harold Henriksen and Charlie Allen for today's images.
* An in-print paperback version of Fawcett's "On the Art of Drawing" is available from
Dover Books at Amazon.com