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May 25th, 2007 #53
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May 28th, 2007 #56
I just wanted to warn people not to waste their time by reading "Training of the Imagination", as it is not a work book on training the imagination, as you would assume by the title. It's basically a speech from a school master to other teachers telling them that they should encourage students to think for themselves rather then just have them memorize facts.
"Essay on Creative Imagination" is of only marginal interest, it is aimed at psychologist, and is of little practical use to artists. Also "why people have trouble imagining clear images" is never answered, what is given instead are three image types, in other words the level of detail in a memory or mental image, if you're curious they are: complete, incomplete, and schematic. The first part of the book has some interesting ideas, from what I could understand, but there isn't much of anything in parts two and three.
The gist of it is: Experiences form the raw material for the imagination. In unimaginative people these experiences are stored as rote memory, in imaginative people they are distorted, taken apart, and modified to varying degrees. The principle intellectual factor in imaginative people is thinking by analogy, for example an s is like a snake because they're both curvy, or a hand can resemble a gun, and onto more obscure and subjective likenesses. There is no "creative imagination" per se but instead a process which arises from first a want/need, which then follows a search for a solution, and finally a solution or a failure.
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May 29th, 2007 #57
Thanks armando, I've linked to your observations at the listing above. Personally I'd hate for anyone to be dissuaded from making a contribution for fear of criticism, though.
Here's something of definite significance that I just found today. Lovely scan too.
Dow, Arthur Wesley, 1913. Composition; a series of exercises in art structure for the use of students and teachers.
May 29th, 2007 #58
that is a cool new addition man. cheers. i say stickemafy.
check the Tensai Tokyo Sketch Thread (Sketchbook)
check the Tensai Cityscapes Thread (Finally Finished)
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May 29th, 2007 #59
July 15th, 2007 #60
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I found this torrent: http://isohunt.com/torrent_details/13678894
Though I'm currently still downloading it, so I'm unsure of the quality.
I don't get it.
July 15th, 2007 #61
August 1st, 2007 #62
wow! what a great resource. this is a long shot, but does anyone know if any of these books have audio recordings? would love to listen to something while drawing.
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Do you all just save these to your harddrives? Burn CDs? Have external drives for saving stuff like this?
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August 2nd, 2007 #64
Thanks Bob and Justin. Bob, your torrent contains quite a few titles that are in copyright and readily available in print, so I hope you understand if I don't put it with the other links at the head of this page. There are good reasons why our mods would probably jump on me for going down that path here (a path which, I have to confess, does bear some briggsy footprints). Anyone who does want to go down that path need only google an author or subject with such magic phrases "parent directory" or "rapidshare" to turn up a whole world of ebook and video downloads that we won't be discussing in this thread!
jim b. if you want to listen to any of these pdfs you could try the "Read out loud" function in the View Menu of Acrobat Reader. I just went into Preferences and tried out the British male voice at a low speed and it wasn't TOO bad ... for a robot. Maybe someone knows of another text to speech program that does a better job.
The audiobook equivalent of Archive.org is Librivox.org. The site is relatively new and rapidly growing, and again, everything is free. Not much there in the way of art books as such yet, but there's a lot of other great stuff, including some real classics of history. I've just listened to what there is so far of Macaulay's History of England (truly awesome!), and I'm making a start on Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The readings are all done by volunteers and the quality is quite variable, but MOST are better than a robot. The start of the complete index is here:
Coleb: 500 GB external hard drive, plus DVD backups of all new stuff as it comes in.
Finally, here are a couple of new art titles at archive.org that caught my eye. I haven't had time to really look at them yet, so all I can promise about them is that they have intriguing titles. The author of "Figure Drawing for Children" was herself the child of the important nineteenth century teacher and author of "Art Anatomy", William Rimmer.
Rimmer, Caroline Hunt, 1893. Figure drawing for children : papers of special value to all interested in the development of art among the children.
Abendschein, Albert, 1909. The secret of the old masters.
September 17th, 2007 #65
Ellsworth, Evelyn Peters, 1917. Textiles and costume design
Traphagen, Ethel, 1918. Costume design and illustration
Well. Lots of things has changed since 1917 in fashion and costume design but these books have some info about history of clothes. Could be useful for some character design especially in fantasy setting. The second one looks like it's more for artists.
- Mad Savier,
- Zewar Fadhil,
- The Red Raeburn,