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Classical Drawing Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice Hardcover – October 13, 2006
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The crux of my growing discontent with the book is the demonstration on how to copy an old master drawing, a drawing by Raphael. It's an impressive performance, accomplished, like most of the projects demonstrated in the book, using the straight line block-in method, and the final result is a near-exact duplicate of the original drawing. The problem is: Raphael didn't draw this way. Neither did Michelangelo, Pontormo, Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Prud'hon or Ingres.
There is much which is of value in this book, but in order to understand drawing in a wider context, I would recommend, in addition, anything by Robert Beverly Hale, Burne Hogarth, George Bridgeman, John H. Vanderpoel, or Harold Speed. Also, I highly recommend "The Language of Drawing" by Sherrie McGraw, which is a pointed and subtle rebuttal to what some might see as the over-emphasis on accuracy in the methods taught in this book.
Drawing is a big subject, and no one book covers it all.
Anybody who has had any art training can do steps 1 & 2, it's examples of how to get from step 2 to step 4 that is needed. Detailed step by step examples are the very thing that any book with the words "Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice" should show. And neither Aristides book does.
On the plus side the books are lovely to look at and do have enough general information to be of value. But they should not be sold as guides to studio practices unless they actually guide you through the practices.
I realize that no book can replace face to face instruction but for those of us that have neither the time, money, etc to attend an atelier then books/dvd's are the only option. Why can no one in the modern classical realism movement put out a good studio practices book?
Additionally, a clear rationale is presented for teaching academic drawing to the beginning art student as a means to better express their ideas.
I work at the New York Academy of Art (NYAA). Several of the images were made by NYAA instructors and alumni. An additional copy has been added to our library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of good practice sketches to learn the classical way. I can take off from there.Published 2 months ago by G. Smietana
Very good, for the "I-wanna- be-a-better-figure-artist."Published 4 months ago by Howard C. Mayberry, Jr.
This is a very good book to create a desire to practice and produce art...Great instruction and wonderful illustrations.Published 6 months ago by S. Crandall
There has been a resurgence of interest in academic art and in the methods of academic drawing and painting. Read morePublished 8 months ago by I. M. Flaud
Really enjoyed! Been a professional artist for many years and I still learned a few things that weren't taught when I attended art school! Read morePublished 12 months ago by megan kearney