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One Drawing a Day: A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity with Illustration and Mixed Media

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Through 46 daily exercises which make up a complete 6-week course, you will keep your artistic skills sharp and your imaginations fertile by doing "One Drawing A Day." Each spread in the book features a beautiful drawing by one of 8 professional illustrators, with a description and comments by the illustrator as well as a companion exercise. Each exercise includes suggesti ...more
ebook, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Quarry Books
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Bill Lancaster
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-books
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I love the idea of a regular drawing practice and this book contains a great myriad of ideas and suggestions as to what to draw. And there is a relentless optimism running through the book, stressing how easy and accessible this practice is for everyone.

Though the book has one primary author, Veronica Lawlor, the work and words of seven illustrators from the illustration collective, Studio 1482, are included. Also included are suggested exercis
Tim Brown
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: drawing, inspiration
There is some great art and some inspiring ideas for artistic exercises in this book.

I think the thing that kept me from LOVING this book is that it wasn't quite what I was expecting... From the title and description and other similar books I've seen I expected that there would be ideas for doing, well, ONE DRAWING a day for six weeks... One... Drawing... and I kind of hoped it'd be something simple enough I could bang off in an hour (give or take)... maybe something I could work on during a sp
Mar 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
mixed media/drawing exercises/intermediate level. Not that useful, and probably should not be called a daily-lesson/6-week course unless you are in the habit of taking long vacations and have readily accessible museums, botanical gardens, and a variety of street/city scenes to draw from (you can find images and videos on the internet if you are housebound, but I sense that that might be frowned upon). Perhaps there are many aspiring artists who have time to make these daily excursions, but the c ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a great little book to get your brain flowing if you're interested in mixed media drawing/illustration. I think it could bring out the artist in anyone no matter your skilled level. Most of the projects work with crayons, pastels, pencils, and watercolors.

It asks you to use a lot of summertime plein air subjects, which could either be a hindrance or inspiration, depending on your mindset. You might have to get a little creative depending on where you live, but I think that's true for any
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: instructional
Two stars might be a bit unfair for this book, because it is nice, but it's not what I was looking for. I was after something more like Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, which you can get exercises from using the everyday objects around your house. This one requires you to go out to different sorts of environments which might not necessarily be easy to get to, and also requires lots of different materials. I would have had all the materials in my art college days, but these days I'm not in ...more
Leora Wenger
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
This is not a how to book but rather a get out (or stay in) and draw book. Assuming you already have had some basic drawing lessons, the exercises get you to tackle various subject matter with a variety of media.

I wrote more on my blog post:

And I included three sketches that were inspired by exercises in the book.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
Loved this book! I'm always buying random art supplies to pretend to be creative, and this manual taught me how to use the tools to try. It really amazed me that I had some talent, once I gave myself the moment to try! Will be coming back to this again and again!
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
A lovely book with excellent ideas for inspiration and creativity. This is one I want to follow for some time and see where it takes me.
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art-books
One Drawing A Day: A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity with Illustration and Mixed Media
(More pictures on my blog)

This is a book that grew out of the One Drawing a Day blog.

There are 42 interesting daily exercises aimed at giving you ideas on what to draw, and encourages encourage exploration and experimentation. Some involves drawing simple subjects around the house, some encourages you to draw outdoors, drawing the nature or people at a cafe.

The instructions are minimal but give you a good starting point to generate more ideas on things you can draw. The exercises require you to
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I think my main source of disappointment with this book was that it was not what I was expecting. Based on it's title, you'd expect a guided course of a new drawing each day (still life, portrait, blind contour, urban sketching, etc.), but it was really a series of projects to study different types of media, mixed media, etc. The author seemed to think that the reader should have a large variety of tools and media (the supplies list had well over a doze types of media, with many more listed as o ...more
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
When I requested this book from the library, I was focused on the "one drawing a day" part and not the "mixed media" in the subtitle. I was not expecting to have to buy a whole new range of materials to do one drawing a day. So then I skimmed the exercises to see if I could get at the core idea without the particular medium they suggested - in a few cases perhaps, but not overall. And the exercises involved quite a bit of traveling around to specific types of sites. So in the end, not what I was ...more
Natashya KitchenPuppies
I'm finished reading the book through, but will still be working on some of the projects.
This book is for people who know drawing techniques and want to kick start their drawing again, or people who don't know any techniques and just want to start wild and free.
The book gives a project for every day for 6 weeks, so 42 in all, and uses a wide array of implements.
It is very free-style scribbley in nature and focuses on just doing it, rather than technique.
I like the mixed-media styling of much
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My kids and I enjoyed this book this summer. It gave us some time together to draw. Each day has a new idea for drawing. We weren't very prescriptive and just chose which worked for us on a given day. As they get older I can see getting the book again and choosing different drawings or even some of the same. Note - the drawings prescribe different materials that you may or may not have so either prepare to buy materials or make do with what you have or some combination.
Becca Loo
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Not as basic as I would've liked. Still a good book that illustrates different styles and mediums without getting into too much depth. Most important lesson: draw every day.
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It doesn't feel quite right to mark this as read, when I've read the words, but not done the drawings. But I'm going to!
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
The best thing about following the "course" in this book was that I expanded my art supply stock considerably in order to do all the mixed media exercises.
Elaine Bearden
Apr 16, 2012 marked it as to-read
looks really interesting. each page has a little mini tip - like when drawing a face, look at the shapes instead of concentrating on the features.
Kaye Dewar
Good book for building confidence and a portfolio of drawings.
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a fun, clearly written book. I love the illustrations and how the author takes each step slowly and explains thoroughly.
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crafts-projects
need to own this one. It was great, but due back at the library all too soon.
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These Quarry books (from what I've seen) are a fabulous approach to lessons and learning, very well designed, with inspiring art and ideas. This one delivered!!
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Inspirational book encouraging me to do something creative every day.
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great for discovering or rediscovering drawing and illustration techniques at a reasonable pace! This really inspired spontaneity in my art-making processes.
Kate Merriman
A bit lightweight but fun. I'd recommend for a beginning drawing student or someone who wants ideas for loosening up.
Sara Q
Dec 12, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara Q by: Library Journal
Shelves: non-fiction
found in Library Journal 10/01/2011
Whole And
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
An excellent inspiration to begin exploring creativity through mixed media.
Very inspiring.
Very reasonable.
Nothing to write home about.
If you are into it, you will like it.
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Offers some nice bits of inspiration.
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An illustrator and educator, Veronica Lawlor is the president of the Studio 1482 illustration and design collective, in New York City. The author of several books, including One Drawing A Day and One Watercolor a Day, which will be released in December 2013. She is a reportage artist who gives workshops worldwide through Dalvero Academy, which she co-founded. Veronica is also on the faculty of Pra ...more
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“To be an artist means to invite an occupation into your life that requires commitment and hard work, but the rewards and satisfaction you’ll get make the work seem like play. But you have to do it every day.” 2 likes
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