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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082300659X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823006595
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JULIETTE ARISTIDES studied at the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and various private ateliers. She is currently the instructor of the Aristides Classical Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington. In 2003, Juliette was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant. Her work can be seen at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco and the Art Renewal Center Living Masters Gallery, www.ArtRenewal.com.

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It is well made with a quality binding rarely seen in a book priced so reasonably.
Artist523
If you are a beginner with a strong desire to learn to draw, then I highly recommend this book!
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It's not a large format, but was very well organized and a good instructional book.
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99 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Artist523 on November 26, 2011
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This is another beautiful volume from artist, author Juliette Aristides. It is well made with a quality binding rarely seen in a book priced so reasonably. The profuse illustrations are meaningful, pertinent and include an appropriate scope of both contemporary and historic sources. The content is cogent and instructive, and the accompanying DVD was sufficiently inspiring that I just had to get out my sketchbook.

I am a portraitist who paints using renaissance technical traditions, and my belief is that this book offers a effective approach to the study and practice of drawing that seems to be a fulfillment of what was forseen as needed by gifted authors from the late 19th and early 20th century, like John Vanderpoel and Harold Speed. These authors wrote at a time when the extremely linear art instruction as practiced by the European academies was under concerted attack and dismantling, I think they foresaw the need for instruction of the type and scope offered here.

After first stumbling upon 'Classical Drawing Atelier', I've been pleased to add both 'Classical painting Atelier', as well as this newest volume, 'Lessons in Classical Drawing', to my library as soon as I looked them over. Though I've never met the author, I can't help but respect both her writing and her artwork. I suspect that anyone who appreciates art and especially those of you who are interested in the highest craft practiced in the visual arts will cherish her books as well.

Plus, if you are interested in really learning about representing and interpreting visual phenomenon (read; learning the discipline of drawing in it's highest, fullest forms), and you can't, for whatever reason, participate at a quality atelier, this is a very good place to begin as well as augment your studies.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By J. Masters on December 8, 2011
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This book does extremely well in providing a thorough overview of the underlying principles of drawing. It progresses logically, is easy to understand, and is well illustrated with examples that make the concepts clear. You will find yourself immediately able to apply the ideas to your own drawings. Where this book really stands out is in the area of structure- that is to say, the "how to" when it comes to laying down the foundations of good proportions, values, etc., in the beginning stages of your drawing, so that in the later stages your foundation is solid. This is very helpful for those of us mere mortals who struggle with things like getting size and value relationships correct. I have many drawing books in my collection, but I find this one to be arguably the best when it comes to structure.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By K. Willoughby on December 10, 2011
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For anyone who got their degree in the 90's when art schools were pushing abstract as its premier genre; and had wanted dared to pursue realism - this is the book to go for. The author keeps one engaged with informative yet lively dialogue of classical terms and forms. If you were to have one book and one book only on classical realism, this is the one to go for. Included is a DVD meant to supplement the information in this book. Excellent read, wonderful descriptive lessons!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Design Maven on December 20, 2011
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This is the most accessible book on classical drawing that I have ever read. I own all 3 of this author's books. This book is a whole new level of growth from Ms. Aristides. I feel with this volume her skills at teaching have exceeded her exceptional gifts in drawing. The lessons here will be familiar to advanced students while still offereing many valuable new insights. But it's not too over-the-head for a beginner to benefit. it's a fantastic opportunity to learn from a master. The DVD really helps to underscore the lessons in the book and get a better understanding of the author's voice. For those who are serious about improving their drawing skills, I could not recommend any book more highly.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on March 19, 2012
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I have two previous books by Juliette Aristides - both are overviews of painting and drawing (no easy task) this book focuses a little more on technique and specific exercises. The highlights:

a. beautiful reproductions and well chosen examples of master drawings both from old masters and contemporary artists.
b. insightful commentary. Although this is about technique - Aristides never loses sight of the 'big picture' (which by the way is an essential technique!)
c. More in-depth surveys' of drawing techniques including master copying, rythmn and line.

There is no substitute for an atelier and working with a master, but this book is as close as it comes.

In her book "the creative habit" Twyla Tharp recounts a story of a master ballerina coming to a basic dance class and going through the 'basics' at the barre. She goes on to say that masters always practice and never lose site of the fundamentals. For that reason alone all artists, beginners and especially advanced artists, should have this on their bookshelves.

There are a LOT of drawing books out there, but this is one of the best published in recent years.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tania Laremore on March 6, 2012
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Aristides goes chapter-by-chapter through every stage of the drawing process from planning and measuring to blocking the major shapes to final touches. Many beautiful illustrations help to get through the slower parts. The thorough instructions, explanations, and technical tips are the reason I would recommend this book to a beginner (like myself). The book uses art historical references and classical design principles to demonstrate how and why the works of great masters have survived many changes of taste and remained relevant.
The book contains a lot of practical information about drawing supplies and techniques; very clear explanations of sight-size method, measuring (with a knitting needle or a piece of paper), identifying main lines and angles in the drawing, using plumb line to establish a vertical, and so forth. The book is printed on glossy paper with high-quality illustrations. There's also a DVD with drawing lessons.
This is third Aristides book I bought, in part because reading her books is like talking to a like-minded person.
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More About the Author

Juliette Aristides, whose beautiful art is featured throughout this book, is the founder and director of the Classical Atelier at the Seattle Academy of Fine Arts. She studied with realist master Jacob Collins and at the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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