Top customer review by prof. Sisse Siggard Jensen at Amazon.com of Bjørn Laursen's book: The Substance of Drawing: A Guide to Visual Power

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on May 16, 2017
This work is an eye opener - literally speaking. Bjørn Laursen leads his reader into a world of wonderful hand-drawn sketches that marvelously become alive as the author paves the way through the art of drawing, an art that sharpens our perception of the world. Not only the coordination of the hand and eye, but all of our senses get involved in reading this book: the author actually managed to make me grab pencils of different thickness and hardness to use them to outline light and shadow, shape and perspective. And, to do so, by showing me as a reader how to observe quite simple forms. It is a pleasure to follow Bjørn Laursens thoughts when he shows how light and shadow get shapes and objects to grow on the paper and also when he introduces his reader to the art of narrative drawing. The book itself is a pleasure as it is richly illustrated with Bjørn Laursens hand drawings. They are so beautiful that the aesthetic experience leads the reader into an almost timeless universe. Not least in the chapter with the authors drawings from Rome. I highly recommend this work, which gives the reader a chance to meet Bjørn Laursens thoughts and drawings and also to regain the joy of drawing especially so in the company of an outstanding artist and educator.
Periode16 maj 2017

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