By Peter Jenny
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
This series of small primers on drawing encourages readers not only to pick up a pen and start drawing, but to see the world that surrounds them with fresh eyes. Visual thinking and using one’s imagination are skills that are often neglected in today’s world. With author Peter Jenny’s help, readers will learn to perceive their environment in a new way and will soon follow his lead, discovering the joy of drawing.
The three books in the series each present a short introduction by Jenny and twenty-two easy exercises, with each book focusing on a different aspect: Notes on Drawing Technique takes actions such as gesticulating, touching, feeling, doodling, and moving as the starting points for putting pen to paper. Notes on Figure Drawing focuses on the archetypal presentation of the human figure, and Learning to See teaches the reader to discover art in everyday objects.