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The Language of Drawing Book by Sherrie McGraw

The Language of Drawing:
From An Artists Viewpoint (Softcover)

By Sherrie McGraw

In Her Book, You Will Master the Disciplines That Good Draftsmen Have Always Known By Understanding What You See.
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I can’t keep it to myself—your book is incredible! In reading it, I am learning so much about the languages of drawing vs painting. I waited a bit to read it to build up excitement and then started reading it this weekend. I love everything about it!  With every page you make me realize how blind I was/am, and I can’t wait to read the next page!

~ Anastasiia Marushko – Artist Guild Member and Artist

Biography of Sherrie McGraw: Renowned Teacher & Artist

The Language Of Drawing Book Contents

Foreword by
David A. Leffel

by Gregg Kreutz

by Sherrie McGraw

CHAPTER 1 Drawing: The Artist’s Foundation

CHAPTER 2 The Wiles of Mass Distraction

CHAPTER 3 The Elements of Drawing

CHAPTER 4 Materials & Techniques

CHAPTER 5 Influence and Inspiration


This classic book for Artistic Drawing explains what all good draftsmen need to know, and how to develop these skills yourself.  There are 209 Pages of Full Color Reproductions and Details.  You’ll lose your fear of anatomy, proportion and perspective once and for all while appreciating the importance of gesture.

McGraw will put the fun back into drawing.  No more tedious copying!  Once you understand the language of drawing, you’ll be able to translate anything you see into line.  McGraw explains the biggest hurdle all painters face—confusing the languages of drawing and painting.

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Sherrie McGraw's Prestigious Career

Sherrie McGraw has been at the forefront of the American Art scene for over thirty years. As a young woman in Oklahoma City in 1978, she was urged by her teachers Richard and Edith Goetz to move to New York to study at the famed Art Students League where they had studied within the lineage of Robert Brackman and George Bridgeman. In her initial years at the League she studied primarily with legendary artist, David Leffel, but also learned anatomy through Robert Beverly Hale and Jon Zahourek at the New York Academy.

After just a few years in New York, she was already proceeding to make her own way as an exceptional artist and began exhibiting and winning awards in shows at the Salmagundi Club, the National Arts Club, the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, the Pastel Society, the Hudson Valley Art Association, and more. By the time she was thirty, she was teaching classes at the Art Students League of New York, having been asked to take over those of Thomas Fogarty and Gustav Rehberger, as well as conduct her own. McGraw has become one of America’s foremost artists and teachers.

Her work has received numerous awards and has shown in major art institutions and museums, including the Butler Institute of American Art, where she had a solo show in 2014. McGraw lectures and demonstrates for art institutions such as the Portrait Society of America, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Brigham Young University, the Art Students League of New York, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia.


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bright Light; 2nd edition
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974707430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974707433
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Customer Reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars5 star reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,563 in Books

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 In The Language of Drawing, McGraw invites us to converse with the world in a language universal in its eloquence.  A drawing is more than the subject matter or the story it might depict. Good drawing carries an undercurrent of beauty that expresses something beyond subject matter, beyond the tangible reality. It is this level of seeing that makes a drawing a living thing, something that speaks even centuries after the artist is gone.


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