The Bottom Line
- entirely drawing-related content
- well written, expert drawing tutorials
- excellent production values, especially image quality
- Not a lot of magazine for the cover price - but it's worth it.
- Introduces new and interesting artists
- In-depth studies of old masters, with good quality reproductions
- Covers a variety of mediums and art styles, with a focus on Fine Art
- Includes tutorials on fundamentals of drawing, more advanced technique, and academic study
- Plenty of good quality illustrations and hardly any adverts at all
Guide Review - American Artist Drawing Magazine
The current issue has shed about 30 pages since the previous winter issue, and I guess that's the economic squeeze doing its thing. But being quarterly, it's affordable, and you get more good drawing content than you would in a year's subscription to another art mag.
The magazine takes a look at current exhibitions, 'New and Notable' artists, and has a feature on historical art - in the winter 09 issue, Raphael. In the same issue, a feature on the sketchbooks of James Jean has liberal quotes from the artist, and no less than 11 large, clear photographs of the work itself, so you can get a good sense of the artist's work.
This issue also has an article on portraiture, 'More than a Likeness' by Kenneth J. Proctor. He looks at diverse artists - Rembrandt, Cassatt, Toulouse-Lautrec, William Page, Kathe Kollwitz and others. He discusses character, expression, the public portrait and the familial. Again, the reproductions are many, large and clear.
Who is the audience? I think anyone for whom drawing is a significant component of art practice, including illustrators, Fine Artists and art students. Cartoonists and designers with an interest in figure drawing and art history will also enjoy the magazine. There's no cartoon or animation-specific content in any of the issues I have. At the risk of sounding like an advertisement, I think it's a brilliant magazine and one that I hope continues to flourish.