Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art Study

Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art Study

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by Louis Nicolaides, Kimon Nicolaides
     
 

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Great for the beginner and the expert, this book offers readers exercises to improve their work.  See more details below

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Great for the beginner and the expert, this book offers readers exercises to improve their work.

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"...not only the best how-to book on drawing, it is the best how-to book we've seen on any subject." Whole Earth Review

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ISBN-13:
9780395205488
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/01/1975
Pages:
221

Meet the Author

Kimon Nicolaides was born in Washington D.C., in 1891. His first contact with art was a subconscious familiarity with the oriental objects imported by his father. He decided early that he wished to paint, but he had to run away from home to study art because his parents were unsympathetic to the idea. He supported himself in New York by whatever came to hand - framing pictures, writing for a newspaper, even acting the part of an art student as a movie extra. His father was finally won over by his obvious seriouness and financed his instruction at the Art Students' League - under Bridgman, Miller, and Sloan. When the United States entered the first World War, Nicolaides volunteered in the Camouflage Corps and served in France for over a year, receiving a citation. One of his assignments, involving the study of geographical contour maps, first opened up for him the conception of "contour" which constitutes Exercise One in this book. After a period of work in Paris (1922-23), he was given his first one-man show by the famous Bernheim Jeune gallery there. Back in New York, he held his first exhibit at the Old Whitney Studio Club, now the museum, and settled down to painting and teaching. As a painter, choosing to work painstakingly and exhibit seldom, he became known to the critics gradually but unmistakably for "the range of his work," "originality of technical approach," "richness of mental concepts" and his "eager, restless pursuit of new aesthetic experience." As a teacher, during the next fifteen years, he became, as the Art Digest put it, "second father" to hundreds of students who passed through his classes at the Art Students' League of New York. Scrupulously honest and high-principled, endowed with humor, richness and warmth of personality, sanity and balance, his extraordinary talent for human relationships grew with his wide contact with increasing numbers of students. Although he died in 1938, at a tragically early age, he left behind a tremendously devoted following of brilliant young artists, as well as the unique and concrete system of art teaching presented in this book.

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The Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art Study 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Natural Way to Draw was actually my text book in my college's art program which was one of the best art programs in the country. I had not picked up a drawing pencil in years and needed motivation to overcome my 'fears' of beginning again. I identify with the author's drawing style immensely and the familiarity of it was comforting, so I purchased this book to begin again. I had forgotten what a great book it is. I highly recommend it for novice and more experienced artists. I needed direction to jump start my skills again and the exercises provided in this book are wonderful. It guides you through basic concepts with text and 'assignments' that allow you to develop your own talent.
Roy_Grey More than 1 year ago
Nicolaides did an incredible job incorporating the "classroom feel" into a book. The book is broken up into lessons, each lesson has a schedule that requires you to draw for 3 hours a day. Each lesson covers a unique drawing exercise. The schedule was definitely my favorite part about this book because it is well thought out. However, the exercises can get a bit tedious, but it is nothing music can't fix. I definitely recommend this book to artists of all levels, especially beginners.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to better their drawing skills. the book trains your eye to go above and beyond and greatly improves your artwork.
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