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Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier Hardcover – November 15, 2011
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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.
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.
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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This was the first Juliette Aristides book I have purchased, but I am adding more of her titles to my collection going forward. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Catherine Moore
I own the hard copy as well as the kindle version of this book. I think each words of the book is precious directions for an artist. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Suman Ray
Juliette Aristides' books speak clearly of many of the foundational concepts of atelier style art training. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marvin Mann
I was surprised that I liked this book. I have a large drawing library. This was a recommended text for a 500 level drawing course. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cynthia Renshaw
I will re-read this book and go back to the lessons periodically as reminder of basic concepts and process. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charles H Post
Received the book from the seller a day early! and it was in better than advertised condition with the CD intact! Will Def. buy again from dstjean1014! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Morningdove Bain