1. The Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art Study by KimonNicolaides The Natural Way To DrawGreat for the beginner and the expert, this book offers readers exercises toimprove their work.Features:* ISBN13: 9780395530078* Condition: NEW* Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.* Click here to view our Condition Guide and Shipping PricesThis book has completely changed my art, my ability, and my enthusiasmin pursuing the goal of being an artist. It is not a book on technique, nor isit a quick fix. It is an intense system of study that explains and teachesalongside you as you work out the problems posed. The book expects thatyou will attain a model, but one could also use this book with landscapesor still-life. Ive actually used a computer with photos of models and thathas worked very well (Check out Buddy Scaleras action pose series. Theycome with cds of images that can be directly loaded onto your computer.Then using your slideshow format, you can time poses and go right alongwith the book. This might not be the optimum way to do this, but if yourehaving a hard time finding the time or model to work from, this does giveyou the ability and freedom to learn your own way).But back to the book. Early on in my drawing I began to copy other artistsand work on techniques alone. My work became very driven then tocompete with the original artist which guaranteed that my work wouldalways sort of let me down as its very hard to try and be someone else :)This book helped free me from those constrictions and gave me theencouragement and opportunity to explore art and drawing with my ownheart and eyes and brain without relying on the masters or those who havegone before me to tell me what to see and how to see it. Going throughthese art lessons sincerely has really enabled me to take pleasure andenjoyment in my work again and to learn the tools of seeing and studyingthat best enable me to express my heart. So once again, this book is not aquick fix. It assumes one year of study with 6-12 hours of drawing a week(like a college drawing class), but one can of course cut it much shorter ifone has the time and desire. The book doesnt give you quick solutions,
2. but instead gives you tasks to do, i.e. draw 25 gesture drawings and alsogives instruction on how to do it. If you are willing to go along for the ride,you will get better. No doubt, and if you like to draw, I dare say youll havefun doing it. I have been really astounded by how much better Ive gotten.I was studying anatomy books, and reading every book on art instruction Icould find, but for some odd reason, I wasnt really improving very fast. ButI laid that all aside and started working through this book and it isaccomplishing all that I had hoped and more. Its funny now, because Imgaining confidence in the basics and the work of the masters and otherartists is becoming an inspiration instead of a burden to me.Having taken several drawing and art classes in college, this 10 dollarbook (versus the thousands I spent on college) has more va lue andwisdom than any instruction I received in school. I really cant exclaimenough, how great this book is. Its well written, thoughtful, and very veryencouraging. If youve been kind of beat up outside and inside because ofyour skill level but have the desire to draw and express yourself with art, Ireally think youll enjoy and be helped by this book.For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price:The Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art Study by Kimon Nicolaides - 5 StarCustomer Reviews and Lowest Price!