The End of the Line: Attitudes in Drawing Book Review.

The End of the line: Attitudes in drawing, book review.

This book is about the disciplines and reasons behind why artists draw like they do, it talks about how techniques and also how people view drawings then shows 11 international artists work for the rest of the book, the opening few pages are probably the main bulk of this short book but it explains the whole reason for making it.

Pages 8 to 16 are probably what I will talk about mostly during this book review because it talks about how the elements of drawing have made it what it is today. The first thing in the book what stood out today is on page 8 on the second opening sentence it says “Draw what you see, The student is told, and not what you know” (page 8 on elements of drawing brian dillion) now this to me has always been told to me since I was starting out to draw and yes in some terms it is correct but wouldn’t that just make drawing the same for everyone? That’s what this book is trying to get at. Less of the old and more of the people who try new things open up to new indifferent techniques, because drawing in sense have lost its symbol in the art world, drawing is seen as something that you’re building up for? Everybody can draw can’t they and that is what seems to deem drawing down from say a painting or a sculpture there seems to be this hierarchy with art and drawing is at the bottom “Contemporary artists still draw in the knowledge that they risk becoming ghosts” (Page 8 on elements of drawing brian dillion) that quote right there proves my argument.

From the opening it the goes onto what drawing is to our eyes and how we form a shape and arrange it to become a drawing. It mentions John Berger who I recently watch a film on the ways of seeing also another book I could review because it defiantly fits in with what this book is trying to get at. Berger talks about how we use the page as an empty space and that you shouldn’t just look at a drawing as a line on a paper but think of it like “a pilot in the air, movement in all three dimensions being possible” (page 10 on the elements of drawing) Meaning don’t just stick to the norm even though that drawing like he described would probably never be achieved in sense it’s just a different attitude towards drawing trying to set a new a different standard.

In sum of the basically the bulk of the short book The End of the Line changes my perspective on how art and drawing have changed and are forever changing  your attitude by showing you the attitudes of others. Drawing can be anything you want it to be two dimensional and three dimensional it doesn’t even have to stay in the lines of a piece of paper, the artists on the other pages show that it can be anything you want it can have an impact on how you express your feelings then it may be the only discipline that you can express that emotion with either fine drawing or drawing that’s not even on paper that invade an architectural space, they are all approaching drawing in their own and unique way and for that it makes it successful .

This book has opened my eyes to my practise and also that I shouldn’t just stick with one way of drawing, experiment put context behind your work open your mind to the possibilities of drawing never set yourself one way try something that’s not normal, something that you feel comfortable with don’t listen to the teachers don’t conform with the norm. This is what I have learnt from just a short book reading has never been something I enjoyed but this is simple, short and straight to the point, great read and also very inspiring.

(The end of the line : Attitudes in drawing 2009 )