Ways of Drawing

Artists' Perspectives and Practices



ISBN: 9780500297001 Category:

Hatje Cantz


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

Drawing is among the most profound ways of engaging with the world. It is absorbing, instinctive – a way not just of seeing, but of understanding what we see.

Ways of Drawing brings together a range of reflections and creative propositions by contemporary artists and teachers associated with the Royal Drawing School, generously illustrated with images by alumni of the School and the work of significant artists past and present. From explorations of artistic development to short, imaginative strategies for seeing the world afresh, it repositions this art form as a vital force in the contemporary world.

Advocating passionately for drawing as both deeply personal and utterly essential, this book is an invaluable companion for artists with all levels of experience looking for new inspirations for their practice.

Additional information

Weight 1176 g
Dimensions 21.2 x 27.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 23 February 2023
Number of pages 272
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Julian Bell, Julia Balchin, and Claudia Tobin
Dimensions 21.2 x 27.9 cm
Weight 1176 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 Principal at the Royal Drawing School. Claudia Tobin is a writer, curator and academic. Her recent book publications include Oh, to be a Painter! and Modernism and Still Life: Artists, Writers, Dancers.