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Drawing From Experience

Shufelt, Robert (Shoofly) - Text and Drawings

ISBN 10: 0963564226 / ISBN 13: 9780963564221
Published by Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona, 1995
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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120 Pages Indexed. Gray cloth with tan endpapers. Three inked inscription lines by author on title page. No other marks or defects noted. Dust jacket has very minor edge wear, 1/2 inch tear at top, and shelf scuffs. Jacket price $45.00 is unclipped. Author and artist Shufelt grew up in the Midwest, where his formal art instruction began at the age of ten. He developed an affinity for drawing that led him to embark on a successful career in illustration. At the age of forty, when the world of commercial art seemed to offer no new challenges, Shoofly moved his family to a remote Arizona ranch to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a cowboy artist. There he discovered he would first have to become a cowboy. Shoofly's drawings are the result of twenty years in the saddle as a working cowboy, gathering subject material for works of art that celebrate and preserve a vanishing aspect of the American West that he has come to know so well -- the cowboy way of life, with all its romance and reality. Through superb artistry that captures emotion and action, Shoofly depicts the joint-aching labor of cowboying - all done for the privilege of looking at the rear end of a cow while riding a good horse and being solitary, independent, and proud. The drawings selected for this book demonstrate the skill and talent that has won Shufelt widespread recognition as one of the leading figures in cowboy art. With his use of the purest and most intimate medium -- the pencil -- Shoofly proves that a pencil drawing can be an art form in its own right, not simply a preliminary exercise or study. Shoofly's unerring sense of composition, his stunning rendition of values and textures, and his sensitivity to mood and gesture are all evident here. Interwoven with these drawings is Shoofly's own account of his career as a cowboy artist, including glimpses of his experiences as a working cowboy and some of his thoughts on the creative process. He lives in a New Mexico ranching community in the foothills of the Black Range, where he continues to fulfill his dream of creating art that embodies the cowboy legacy. Font cover drawing is titles Ladies of the Bar 1995. Size: 12 1/4" X 10 1/2". Bookseller Inventory # 13181

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Title: Drawing From Experience

Publisher: Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Back

Illustrator: Shufelt, Robert - Drawings

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

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A commerical artist by trade, Robert "Shoofly" Shufelt moved his family to a remote Arizona ranch to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a cowboy artist. Shoofly's drawings are the result of 20 years in the saddle as a working cowboy and represent a celebration of a vanishing aspect of the American West, the cowboy life with all its romance and reality.

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