Drawing Distinctions: The Varieties of Graphic Expression

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Cornell University Press, 2005 - 266 pages
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If our procedure is to work steadily in the direction of drawing as fine art, rather than (as we so often find) beginning from examples of such art, where shall we begin? One attractive possibility is to begin at the beginning--not the beginning in prehistory, which is already wonderful art, but with our personal beginnings as children. From there it will be the ambitious project of this book to investigate 'the course of drawing, ' from the first marks children make to the greatest graphic arts of different cultures.--from the IntroductionPatrick Maynard surveys the rich and varied practices of drawing, from the earliest markings on cave walls to the complex technical schematics that make the modern world possible, from cartoons and the first efforts of preschoolers to the works of skilled draftspeople and the greatest artists, East and West.Despite, or perhaps because of, its ubiquity, drawing as such has provoked remarkably little philosophical reflection. Nonphilosophical writing on the topic tends to be divided between specialties such as art history and mechanics. In this engagingly written and well-illustrated book, Maynard reveals the interconnections and developments that unite this fundamental autonomous human activity in all its diversity. Informed by close discussion of work in art history, art criticism, cognitive and developmental psychology, and aesthetics, Drawing Distinctions presents a theoretically sophisticated yet approachable argument that will improve comprehension and appreciation of drawing in its many forms, uses, and meanings.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Instruments of Change
19
Hergé Tintin cartoon
31
Roz Chast isometric cartoon
32
Albrecht Dürer Lute
33
Albrecht Dürer Portrait
34
Pompeiian wall painting
37
Every point perspective projection
38
Depictive Drawing
84
Convincing Depiction
94
Wilhelm Busch Schopenhauer and his poodle
96
Leonardo da Vinci Designs for a Nativity
107
Depictions as Depictions
109
Child AM drawing Museum
110
Starfit packing
112
Pantheon butterfly marble
113

Taccola Brunelleschis oxlift device
41
Perspective transversals construction
46
Fig 32 detail study
47
Engineering dimensioning drawing
51
Drawing and Graphic Displays
53
London Underground map
55
Interlace pattern
57
Bowline knot diagram
59
DrawingDisegno
61
Anna O Shepard symmetry diagram
65
J Peter Denny band symmetry analysis
66
The Course of Drawing
69
Child EL enclosures drawing
72
Tughra of Sulaiman the Magnificent
74
Childs drawing Dog and pigbully
76
Childs drawing Parrot and nest
78
Childs drawing Playground
80
Epictetus in Rome
81
John Willats objectcentered drawing stimulus pictures
82
MüllerLyer illusion
116
Assyrian lion relief North Palace of Sennacherib
117
Mayan vase painting Scribe Pawahtún
121
Bears from Cactus Gallery and Recess of the Bears Chauvet Cave
124
Decorative Depiction
126
Mycenaean stirrup jar with octopus
129
Painted molding Ognissanti Florence
132
Drawings Resources
135
Zou Fulei A Breath of Spring
140
Two lions End Chamber Chauvet
142
William Tucker drawing
144
Shihtao leaf from album for Taoist Yü
145
Forms and Frameworks
173
Drawings Own Devices
184
Drawings Dualisms
207
Drawings as Drawn
217
Notes
233
Index of Personal Names
259
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Patrick Maynard is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of The Engine of Visualization: Thinking through Photography, also from Cornell.

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