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Remixing and Drawing

Sources, Influences, Styles

By Ellen Mueller


126 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780815392446
pub: 2018-02-16
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pub: 2018-03-06
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This succinct book articulates a clear framework for remixing in drawing at intermediate and advanced levels. It begins by walking through the ideas of copyright and fair use, providing context, examples, and advice. Mueller directs students through building a collection of sources and influences, leading to the development and analysis of style. With a full chapter on techniques, including approaches to brainstorming, critique, and reflection, this book features over 50 exercises that are easily adapted to various approaches, media, and technologies as necessary. Two sample syllabi are included for both a semester and a quarter system.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: History and Purpose of Copyright

Chapter 3: Fair Use

Chapter 4: Sources and Influences



Engaging the Senses

Chapter 5: Style

Components of an Artwork

- Subject

- Form

- Content

- Context

Chapter 6: Copy/Synthesize/Morph

Chapter 7: Techniques for Improving


Play & Brainstorming



A – Artist Interviews

B – Suggested breakdowns of exercises/assignments/readings

C – Continued reading/viewing list

D – Books and websites for finding drawing artists to copy

E – Selected drawing artists for master copies


About the Author

Ellen Mueller has exhibited nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary artist exploring issues related to the environment, hyperactive news media, and corporate management systems. She creates experiences that engage with social and political issues through a variety of media. She is a lecturer of studio art and social practice at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She previously published Elements and Principles of 4D Art and Design (2016).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Techniques / Drawing