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All best wishes for a healthy and productive , Carol. Thank you very much for the book recommendation. It is filled with practical exercises. I was absolutely amazed at my progress with that book. I started using this book as a rank beginner, and after thirty years, I still return to it book and find new ideas and challenges. Angle-based methodology based on simple math.
Best regards. It was the exercises from that book that really helped me to look closely at color and see how colors effect each other. You also get exercises to do from the book. Great list, Paul. Thanks for doing this, and hopefully saving us all some time and money.
I know that you have previously mentioned it somewhere on your website — or maybe in the recent webinar?? Both of those authors cite Nicolaides as the teacher who first introduced contour drawing. This book was also the first where I encountered the concept of gesture drawing. I worked with the Nicolaides book for a long time when I was just getting started and it was really helpful.
His directions for each exercise that he introduces are great and he has schedules in the book that tell you which exercises to practice and for how long. He has lots of good insights about the drawing process as well. This book was really important for me as a beginner, and continues to be one that I return to frequently. I remember posting this quote from the book near my drawing area: All the books you advised are outstanding, esp.
Drawing on the Right Side, so long as one takes the time to actually perform the exercises. I was absolutely amazed at my progress with that book. Astonishing results! Hello Paul, Good idea this post. About figure drawing, there is this great advanced and detailed book: Richard G. Thanks for all your work.
Thanks to you I have both the Speed and the Dow but have failed you by not working continuously through them. Must improve! I have found Bridgemans Complete guide to Drawing from Life useful as a source to copy from and to understand anatomy better. Thought provoking and timely as a reminder that I must return to the Speed and Dow this winter.
Thanks Paul x. Thank you for the great explanations of what to expect from each book and for keeping the list narrow. This is an excellent resource. Great post as always. I can only suggest one book for the list. Its a great book for artistic motivation. Oh yes Paul, I have all of them and some. On my kindle I have all 3 books by Juliette Aristides. They are all very valuable in their own way. I use all of these books at different times. We all have our unique way of learning and to find what is right for us we have to investigate.
However, the bottom line is practice…. Love being able to download free books that are over years old. Dorian just had a webinar on his new course on Mastering light and Form. Here is the link for replay: I am also very familiar with James Gurney, thank you for the link I had missed that one.
Thank you for being such an inspiration Paul. Hi there, I am fairly new to your site and am learning and enjoying it tremendously. Your post reminded me how it is time to go through my art books and cull, trade, sell most of them! What you said is all too true. Some of the books were given to me or I bought in the beginning years. I have all four of the books you listed and have dipped into them over and over again. It has the properties you mentioned in your post. All your posts are so inspiring.
This exercise gives immediadte result and is so meditative. Thanks so much for publishing these links, Paul!. I have Googled the Bargue plates and have found some few posted here and there to work from until such time I can afford to buy the actual book.
I, too, have become very selective in choosing whether or not to buy art books. To me, too many of them seem to rehash information I already have in other books.
I have had loads of fun with some of the exercises in that book and have recommended both to people as well. These are all worthwhile as well. The two books that taught me how to see and how to develop a logical approach to drawing when the goal is accuracy and relative speed are:.
Drawing in the Digital Age: Angle-based methodology based on simple math. Basic Drawing: New ways to see and draw by Raphael Ellender. He presents very clearly and precisely his approach to drawing from where you look when drawing a straight line, to perspective and gestural lines in life drawing.
A real gem! Hi Paul, what a terrific blog post!
Speed, Loomis- yes! I would like to add here how much I like the Famous Artists 3-Volume set that you often find on Ebay. Always love posts about books, and this one features two of my favorite ones. Thank you for sharing! Great opportunity to re-read and refresh our knowledge. While Dow is a great resource, to me it is hampered by low quality scans but even more by the fact that is a rather complicated text. As a pedagogic tool, it really would benefit from being broken down into smaller pieces and having excercises set out more clearly.
Loomis books may have their faults, but since I have nothing to compare to and not having the master drawers expert eyes and hindsight knowledge, I really like the Titan reprints. They make me want to pick up the pen.
I bought a copy of the Harold Speed book, but it was such bad print quality that I had to throw it away. I went back to the pdf I already had, and printed it. Quite a wordy fellow by the way, but at an intermediate level I think it could be useful to me.
The Charles Bargue stuff — it is like a bunch of dry oatmeals that I have to eat … it is probably healthy and nutritious, but by Jove… it will kill me. And as Paul has hinted at earlier in his postings, the reproduction of a plate is not without its issues. What I really need I think, is a mix of Dow and Loomis, for me today.
The big challenge is to start out on the journey without falling prey to pessimism because it seems such a long haul to even being halfways good. I own the Bargue book, and totally agree.
The should have printed the plates to the correct size, otherwise what is the point. Just my opinion.. It contains the very basic concept we tend to forget when starting portait and figure drawing. Great post as always, Paul.
Solomon is another precious classic. The Bargue book has been on my to-order list for a while now. You show it at any school and be offered admission.
Drawing realistic textures in pencil by jd hillberry here is where you learn to take value and tone to the next level. He teaches you what tools to use to get various effects. I have slowly been getting digital versions of the books I love. I cant find all of them but I did manage to find quite a few allowing me to free up some space.
Its not a perfect system for sure. There are several books that are just better and easier to read in hardback.
The Loomis books are a good example. You can get the pdf for free but the formatting is difficult to follow.
The hardbacks flow so much better. I do think beginners should opt for digital books if they can. Just because the collection tends to grow huge as you look for more information. I have always wanted to be able to draw decently. I am obviously not understanding something. If anyone can explain it to me so I can at least get started….
Thank you for this list. I will look into these books. I love drawing and this year established a weekly drawing group. To support the 15 group members I have set up a small library of books for loan.
From those books I strongly recommend the following on the basis that they contain well written text, pose numerous challenging exercises, reference the masters of drawing, and include supporting drawing images throughout.
The creative process Thanks Tim, that Kaupelis book look very interesting. Hi, for an absolute beginner, which one shall i start witg, or should i do all three at the same time, please reply soon. Many thanks for yet another insightful, informative post. This sketch is really very easy to learn. Just a few strokes and you got yourself a tower. Teach your kid to draw a tower with this easy drawing template.
Perfect for a three to five year old child.
This cute and smiling faced sunflower drawing template is really very easy to learn and you can make your own changes in it as well. You can also see Rose Drawings. Birds can be a tiny bit hard for your child to learn to draw. But not with this easy bird drawing template. Download and print this drawing template and with a little bit of practise, you can teach your child how to draw a bird. Human figures are a tad bit more complex to draw than other objects.
But this is a very simple baby girl drawing template. You can also use this template to use in various other documents like posters and flyers. Butterflies are one of the first few drawings that we learnt when we were kids. Because they are relatively easier to draw. In this drawing template, it is shown how to sketch a butterfly in three simple steps. This drawing template will teach you how to draw a sparrow in three simple steps.
You can download this template, print it and start learning. Once you do, you can teach your kid how to expertly draw a sparrow. This is a very simple drawing template of scenery which includes a home with a chimney with smoke coming out of it, a tree, a road leading to the house and few bushes. It is very easy to learn and teach. You can use this to include in a card or poster or any other documents. Or you can learn the sketch and teach your kid step by step how to draw it.
Children are obsessed with cars.
Teach your child how to draw his favorite plaything by learning how to draw from this very easy drawing template of a car. You can download and print the template for your use. It is quite difficult to teach your kid how to draw when you are not an artist yourself. So download this template, learn this very easy sketch and teach your child how to draw. Drawing a horse will not come easy to someone who is not an expert.
It is quite complicated. But this is a very easy sketch of a horse which you can learn in a matter of time and then get your little one to do it. In case you are not good at drawing but are faced with the task of drawing an igloo or teaching a child to draw one, there is no need to fret.