The Creative Eye:
drawing, vision and the brain
New, illustrated edition
vision is not a lens,
It trembles to caress the light."
In this book, drawing
instructor, poet and working artist Heather Spears asks fundamental questions about how, and why, art is made.
Thoughtful, provocative and filled with hands-on information.
"Desperately needed in the field of art and art education. Not
since the (posthumous publication of) Nicolaides' seminal book The
Natural Way to Draw has there been a really good text for drawing
The Creative Eye is that book, and will fill a deep void....I
can say unequivocally that Heather Spears is the best drawing teacher
that I have [ever] met during 45 years of working
in the field. With her exceptional writing skills and powers of
expression, in conjunction with her long proven visual and graphic skills,
I feel that this book will become a classic....It is seldom that one finds
a combination of writer/artist of such skill and visualization.
Robin Hopper, writer and ceramic artist
Heather Spears central and persuasive argument in this
book is that there are real, accessible ways to test (the boundaries of
perception), to stretch and perhaps even circumvent them. And that is
the essence of creativity.
Jack Cohen, writer and biologist
"An inventive and intelligent, yet accessible, approach to drawing; recommended for everyone from amateurs to professionals"
Is there at last an understandable, neurological explanation for
bad drawing? In the light of new research about the visual brain, The
Creative Eye explains the preconceptions, creative blocking and habitual
dysfunction artists struggle with, and offers real, practical solutions
to overcoming (and even exploiting) them. Now fully illustrated throughout.
FICTION, BOOKS OF DRAWINGS,