101 Things I learned in Architecture School by Matthew Frederick

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The blurb for this quirky 2007 MIT book says “Concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation, from the basics of “How to Draw a Line” to the complexities of color theory,” and you could replace most of the instances of “architecture” with “art” and it works as a great roundup of wisdom for any student of the visual arts. A happy accidental discovery at a Japanese secondhand bookshop today. I include a few snapshots of pages that rang true to me.

No. 42 of 100 books I intend to read and review in 2019.

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Patrick Sherriff publishes a monthly newsletter highlighting good fiction about Japan and featuring an original painting or sketch. He lives in Abiko, Japan, with his wife and two daughters.