Next to the episodes on the Back to the Drawing Board podcast, there exists The Bookshelf.
The Bookshelf is my gift to you. On Instagram, every first of the month, I share with you a book that reminds you how to look, gets you in touch with your creativity. These are not just books for artists, nor people who love art. They are books for people that want to learn to look, whether it's at veggies in the grocery store, or other people's body language. They are books that give you the permission to enjoy the mystery, embrace the curiosity and dive in deep. It is in this mystery that the best ideas come about. With that being said, book eleven on The Bookshelf is..
Stick Figures: Drawing as a Human Practice, by D.B. Dowd
Stick Figures is the first book on The Bookshelf which was written by a past podcast guest! My conversation with D. B. Dowd was very exciting, as I am also someone that loves drawing. We talked lots in that episode about Stick Figures and I cannot wait to read this book together with all of you this month. D. B. Dowd's premise is that drawing is a practice that all of us should use everyday to learn and navigate, to say the things that words cannot say. Yes, you heard that right! Drawing is not just for artists. The book is split into two parts. The first is more theoretical (learning is always fun) while the second part is practical, providing examples of places where drawing can provide us with something that we are missing.
If you've ever wondered about the importance of drawing in everyday life or the benefits of drawing or learning to draw, then this is the book for you!
There is no better way to spend the warm month of June than outside, under a tree reading a book. You can use the link above to purchase the book and join me this month on The Bookshelf!