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Return to Book Page. Mamie Harmon Editor. Great for the beginner and the expert, this book offers readers exercises to improve their work. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 1st by Mariner Books first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Natural Way to Draw , please sign up.
See 1 question about The Natural Way to Draw…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Natural Way to Draw. Aug 20, Sandy rated it really liked it. 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 so only as a means. When you skip Nicolaides' experiential cohesive gestures, mass drawings and cross contours and straight through to exacting control, your drawings will remain stiff, disconnected and In light of recent reviews, I feel compelled to advocate it.
When you skip Nicolaides' experiential cohesive gestures, mass drawings and cross contours and straight through to exacting control, your drawings will remain stiff, disconnected and they won't sit naturally in space a figure is in perspective--just like a house.
It's easy to go from loose to tight drawing but very hard to go from tight to loose yet accurate because it requires more discipline, focus, quick, accurate observation and excellent hand eye control. These exercises hone those skills.
View 1 comment. Jul 25, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: art-instruction. 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 my brain around that abstract thinking gobbledygook. My drawings were lacking something important.
That was when I was ready to break away from stereot I have been drawing since I can remember, and I have been seriously studying art for the last five plus years. That was when I was ready to break away from stereotypes and explore this book.
I read through the whole thing first and foremost and he explained exactly what I wanted in my drawings--I knew it, but never knew how to get it. Technical knowledge is great, but without the emotion of the human heart, drawings become stiff, mechanical and lifeless.
After reading the whole book, I went back and started doing the exercises. Sometimes, they were hard to understand. I hate mysticism-type talk. That whole "feel and don't think. However, I figured out that it isn't exactly mysticism.
Really, everything is made of a gesture--if you think about the atoms and energy that naturally flow from all objects, it makes perfect sense. Even an inanimate object is full of energy as the atoms race around. This book is not the be-all end-all to learning to draw, but it is an important part of drawing. If you couple this with more atelier style lessons, your art will definitely improve and faster than you thought.
Balance in everything. Sep 09, Ahmed Khaled rated it did not like it. 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 main types of exercises, which become harder with time, they are: Gesture, Blind Contour, And his "Mass exercises"; Problem is: First of all, Gesture drawing is intended for artists to use to relieve the st 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.
As for Blind Contours, I have never met a respected art educator who'd recommended them; His mass-excercises show no conception at all of "Mass"; He does not even understand what Mass is, Turn to page 77 if you have the book, and you might possible see the worst "Mass" drawing ever done.
Drawing, on the other hand, should be based on actual understanding of form, observation and actual drawing. If you keep making scribbles for hours [The time Nicolaides allocates] You will end up creating scribbles. The one thing this book can teach you is to always meet deadlines, and even then, meh. View all 7 comments. Sep 22, Sandy rated it it was amazing. 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 inspiring. People complain about the time suggestions ranging from 2 minutes to 8 hours. But really, do you think you are going to be the best you can be without spending the time?
Dec 06, Ruth rated it it was amazing Shelves: art. Simply the bible for life drawing. Aug 13, M0rningstar rated it did not like it Shelves: non-fiction , art-studies. 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; Tuesday: do gestures for eight hours; Wednesday: draw cubes for eight hours One can achieve the same effect or better and save some money by just committing solidly to drawing for a The written parts of this books are long-winded and only marginally useful.
Jun 29, Terri Lynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfiction , self-help , art-theater-film-ballet-symphony , arts-and-crafts. I read this book back in 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 perfectly natural way.
It has nothing to do with artifice or technique. It has nothing to do with aesthetics or conception. It has only to do with the act of correct observation and by that I mean a physical I read this book back in and reread it over and over.
It has only to do with the act of correct observation and by that I mean a physical contact with all sorts of objects through all the senses. This book was written in and still shines brilliantly upon those who care to learn to draw. Nicolaides' work is brilliant. If you want to learn to draw, start right here with this book. Aug 27, Alex rated it liked it Shelves: visual-art.
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 perfect in, say, proportion, form modeling, or edge, etc. Apr 06, Clay Olmstead rated it it was amazing Shelves: art , technical.
During World War I, he served in the U. Army in France as a camouflage artist. His mother's American ancestors date back to the Colonial period. He made his living initially by a variety of jobs, including picture framing, journalism, and even by appearing once in a film as an extra, playing the role of an art student. Despite his family's opposition, he did in fact become an art student, during which he attended the Art Students' League in New York City , where he studied with John Sloan and George Bridgman.
The Natural Way to Draw