- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Madison Books; Rev Exp edition (June 27, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568330596
- ISBN-13: 978-1568330594
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.3 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Drawing Paperback – June 27, 1996
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Reasons to buy this book: 1. Beautiful, *clear & simple* figure linework & shading; and 2. It's 120+ pages, filled with 100% pure pencil drawings for beginners.
Why do I like it? It's all about the clear & simple figure linework & shading. Including a brief introduction to perspective, the basics of figure drawing here are *really* rock-solid. His excellent drawings of women & children really stand out, and are the highlight of the book for me. The earliest copyright in my copy is 1972, but it was originally published way before that, as Willy Pogany actually lived between 1882-1955. A book doesn't last this long without reason(!). When you have linework & shading as clean & accurate as often seen here, the technique can be applied to any drawing style at any time. It's certainly helpful for life drawing in general, and that's something that never gets outdated (at least not quickly!).
Similar great books for beginners: George Bridgman's Heads, Features and Faces & Constructive Anatomy; Jack Hamm's Drawing the Head and Figure; Andrew Loomis' Drawing: The Head (HT197); and Barbara Bradley's Drawing People: How to Portray the Clothed Figure. All, at the time of this review, available here on Amazon! And for intermediate artists: see Loomis' Figure Drawing For All It's Worth.
P.S. There are 2 versions of this book right now: The Art of Drawing by Madison Books, and then Drawing Lessons reprinted by Dover. They have the *exact* same content, except that Dover for some reason has considerably worse printing quality in Drawing Lessons. Get the Art of Drawing instead!
Conflicts abound in how drawing is to be taught, and the current popular books reflect this ongoing conflict. For example, many popular books disregard the classical method. They are full of master sketches, and unfortunately, putting those pictures in the books doesn't show us specifically how to draw them, because they employ "Invisible Problem Solving" teaching methods, skipping the use of "simplified figurettes" or "human puppets".
Pogarny breaks it down to geometric basics, and he does genuinely use the CLASSICAL METHOD, unlike the many books which make such a claim but lie outright about it. His demonstration of PERSPECTIVE is not to be found in any other book.
I rate this book very highly as a beginner instruction. Pogany's illustrations are lively, highly animated and expressive. It's a book whose pages will be thumbed again and again.
His drawings are very inspiring, however the book just doesn't go into as much detail as more specific manuals (except for the figure-drawing segment, which is good). This, in itself, would make it highly recommended to those starting out in the arena of art/sketching.
The reviews of this and some other drawing books many times do not acknowledge the fact that drawing serves vast and varying purposes. When it comes to the rendering the figure at least 2 conceptualizations for rendering should be considered before criticizing the manner of information in a book on the subject.
1. Abstract concepts of rendering the figure can be kept in mind while working from the model and serve mostly to allow one to construct the figure accurately and believably with no outside reference--only using well established skills and rules to create credible expression of the human form.
2. Drawing from life can be strictly copying what you see - as challenging as the required skills are to acquire.
Ultimately the serious artist who may want to render a likeness of a living person needs abstract or conceptual references while drawing from the model to provide more information than is seen to express more fully what is there or, conversely what is not tangible. This is the difference between "taking a photograph" and the purpose of all the hours and persistence in development of the talent to draw skillfully and beyond.
Finally, reading a drawing book must be considered no different than reading the rules of driving a vehicle--without application of the information and experience using it, you might as well be watching TV for all you genuinely know of the subject, no matter what you believe.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It came on time, and in great condition. This book is very helpful for beginners and is a good reference for figure drawing.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A wonderful book with everything you could ever ask for lessonwise, as well as copywork to hone your skills and train your eyes.Published 11 months ago by Valerie H
This book is a must have for people who want to learn how. To draw I love this book and I use it every dayPublished on November 15, 2013 by maria
The book dwelled more on the human form, than it did on actual drawing. kind of disappointed, but for the price, it's not a big deal either. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by SKOOTERBUM
An interesting approach to drawing, I enjoy this very much. The lessons are super informative and it brings a whole new perspective to light.Published on June 20, 2013 by chris stockwell
Great book about the human body and how to draw it. I would highly recommend those who are serious about learning to draw the human body buy this book!Published on June 15, 2013 by Hwchck26
This one is one of the rare ones that really aren't worth getting at all. No content whatsoever - and there are so many good ones! Forget it folks.Published on August 21, 2012 by Jon