The Natural Way to Draw by Kimon Nicolaides

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The Natural Way to Draw Read Online Free - Great for the beginner and the expert, this book offers readers exercises to improve their work.

Title : The Natural Way to Draw
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ISBN : 0395530075
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 240 pages


Sandy rated it ★★★★☆

August 20, 2012

In light of recent reviews, I feel compelled to advocate it. I've taught university life drawing for over 16 years. If you follow the exercises and do as many as required, your drawings WILL improve immensely. While I agree it is in complete opposition to hard edged, refined type drawings--it is...

Ahmed rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 09, 2011

I normally do not review art books, as there are others who do better than that beside me, but in this book, Nicolaides is the exact archetype of the nonsensical art educator: Teaching you to draw without any basis of actual observation. To give you a good idea, Nicolaides asks you to do three mai...

Michelle rated it ★★★★★

June 26, 2014

I have been drawing since I can remember, and I have been seriously studying art for the last five plus years. I have spent a lot of time focused on the crisp, controlled line and form, carefully trying to copy without seeing. I avoided books like this like the plague because I could never "wrap...

Sandy rated it ★★★★★

September 22, 2011

This is the best book on drawing that I own or have read. It teaches one to see. The blind contour drawing method was surprisingly helpful. If you check out one drawing book this year, this should be the one. The instruction is beautifully written and the student drawings included are helpful and...

Ruth rated it ★★★★★

December 06, 2007

Simply the bible for life drawing. R

Terri Lynn rated it ★★★★★

May 14, 2014

I read this book back in 1978 and reread it over and over. Kimon Nicolaides was a fantastic teacher of art who believed that the way to learn to draw was to learn to observe details and then practice drawing constantly. He put it like this- "There is only one right way to draw and that is a perfe...

M0rningstar rated it ★☆☆☆☆

December 18, 2014

The written parts of this books are long-winded and only marginally useful. The example images are poorly reproduced and fail to illuminate the textual content. This book's biggest selling point is the pedantic "working plans", which basically consist of "Monday: do gestures for eight hours; Tues...

Alex rated it ★★★☆☆

August 28, 2011

There are a dizzying number of methods for drawing practice in this book, which make the author seem awsome and his book very influencial. However, I wonder whether so many methods are really so "natural", and moreover, whether they are really necessary to learn drawing. Some students may want to...

surfurbian rated it ★★★★☆

April 23, 2015

This text was used as a loose framework for my college level drawing course. I say loose because we did use many of the exercises but we did not follow the exact progression, time requirements, or employ every exercise. I found it an extremely effective method to teach observation and drawing. I h...

Nero rated it ★★★★★

May 30, 2015

Brilliant, but not for beginners. "Drawing depends on seeing. Seeing depends on knowing. Knowing comes form a constant effort to encompass reality with all of your senses, all that is you. You are never to be concerned with appearances to an extent which prevents reality of content. It is necessar...

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