Making Marks: Discover the Art of Intuitive Drawing – Book Review


Making Marks: Discover the Art of Intuitive Drawing
Author: Elaine Clayton
Publisher: Atria Books, May 6, 2014
224 pages
Kindle, Paperback


From Goodreads:

Through the simple act of drawing; whether it’s doodling or creating detailed illustrations; embrace your inner voice and unlock the power of your intuitive intelligence.

Do you remember being a child and the pure joy brought on by a box of crayons and piece of paper? Do you still find yourself sketching away every time you pick up a pencil? That’s because drawing is a natural impulse that stays with us throughout our entire lives. Whether you are doodling in a notebook or carving your name in the sand, this simple, stream-of-consciousness activity is a window into your deepest, truest self.

My thoughts:

I selected this book because I thought it would be fun and give me some insight into expanding my doodle drawings, but what I got was much different. It’s basically a book on making stream drawings and interpreting what they mean and in some cases even predicting their meanings.

The author explains what stream drawing is and how it helps capture emotions and gain deeper empathy. Then she takes it to the next step and that is how to interpret these drawings. This is less a book on art techniques and more a book about feelings and understanding them.

The author provides many exercises on making marks and interpreting them. Eventually the book progresses in drawing and interpreting your own dreams. It became a little too transcendental for me. It became more like reading palms.

Also included were some drawing games and indexes to various exercises and figures used in the book.

I thought what she did write was well organized and the author seemed to really know what she was talking about, I just found it too far off to enjoy it and I really just wanted to make some fun doodles.

This book was given to me by Atria books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.


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