Ways of Drawing

Artists' Perspectives and Practices


A lavishly illustrated collection of essays on drawing as a vital intellectual, artistic and life practice, by the artists of the Royal Drawing School.


ISBN: 9780500021903 Category:


Ways of Drawing brings together a sophisticated, exciting range of reflections on markmaking by practising artists, teachers and writers. From explorations of how it feels to draw and personal accounts of artistic development, to short, imaginative propositions for looking, understanding and experiencing afresh, this collection repositions drawing as a vital creative and intellectual endeavour.

The book is divided into three sections: ‘Studio Space’, which focuses on drawing within four walls; ‘Open Space’, which ventures out into the cityscapes and landscapes around us; and ‘Inner Space’, which returns to the living, feeling, drawing person. Each section is comprehensively illustrated with a wealth of drawings, prints and paintings by faculty and alumni of the Royal Drawing School, works by established artists past and present, and photographs of artists at work.

Additional information

Weight 1431 g
Dimensions 28.7 x 21.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 3 October 2019
Number of pages 272
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Julian Bell, Julia Balchin, and Claudia Tobin
Dimensions 28.7 x 21.7 cm
Weight 1431 g


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Julian Bell is a well-known artist, writer and critic. His books include What is Painting? and Mirror of the World. Julia Balchin is Director of Education & Enterprise at the Royal Drawing School. Claudia Tobin is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Post-doctoral Fellow in Cambridge. She recently devised a programme on Literature and Art at the Royal Drawing School.