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Drawing from Observation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2008

    Hit and Miss

    I've been required to teach with this text for four years in a collegiate Beginning Drawing class. The most valuable portion is on a layered, progressive sketching technique that Curtis calls 'Intuitive Gesture.' My students ask if this is more intuitive than the Pure Gesture and Pure Contour-- two elemental techniques we do that strongly contribute to 'Intuitive Gesture,' but are not talked about. The chapters on using the 'clock' and plumb-lining 'Mondrian tool' as a means of judging angles are helpful. The chapters on perspective are hit and miss, often containing confusing illustrations or clear examples of finished 1 and 2 point drawings. 'Biomorphic Form' chapter translates observational drawing strategies to fantastical or cartoonish drawings. The effectiveness of the Cross-Contour chapter is limiting due its illustration of only single-directional stripes on a cloth (a topographical or gridded approach would be better). The historical information throughout the book is valuable, but a chapter on the Golden Section, with lots of graphic images (not hand drawn), highlights the disjunct between the intent of this book and its realization.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    Leonardo would love it

    I'm really glad I found this book. All the others I've seen, though they are fun to look at, are nearly impossible to learn from. They try to cover every possible approach to drawing and, as a result, never get down to the nitty gritty of how to actually draw. This book is refreshingly different. DRAWING FROM OBSERVATION starts by discussing how to hold your pencil and then takes you step by step through the techniques and underlying theory of perceptual drawing. If Leonardo were here now, I bet he'd love this book. Thanks Professor Curtis!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2002

    finally! an intelligent drawing text!

    I knew from the beginning pages of this text where Curtis emphasizes the importance of developing sensitivity to the quality of the mark on the page, that this book should be in the collection of all student and visual arts professionals. It was exciting to find an intelligent text that is focused, well organized, generously illustrated (over 500 images), and so completely thorough in its presentation of observational drawing techniques and theory. It is packed full with instructive information and additional reference material that sets this book apart from any other drawing text that

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