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ISBN13: 9780395530078
ISBN10: 0395530075
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Great for the beginner and the expert, this book offers readers exercises to improve their work.

About the Author

Kimon Nicolaides was born in Washington D.C., in 1891. His first contact with art was a subconscious familiarity with the oriental objects imported by his father. He decided early that he wished to paint, but he had to run away from home to study art because his parents were unsympathetic to the idea. He supported himself in New York by whatever came to hand - framing pictures, writing for a newspaper, even acting the part of an art student as a movie extra. His father was finally won over by his obvious seriouness and financed his instruction at the Art Students' League - under Bridgman, Miller, and Sloan. When the United States entered the first World War, Nicolaides volunteered in the Camouflage Corps and served in France for over a year, receiving a citation. One of his assignments, involving the study of geographical contour maps, first opened up for him the conception of "contour" which constitutes Exercise One in this book. After a period of work in Paris (1922-23), he was given his first one-man show by the famous Bernheim Jeune gallery there. Back in New York, he held his first exhibit at the Old Whitney Studio Club, now the museum, and settled down to painting and teaching. As a painter, choosing to work painstakingly and exhibit seldom, he became known to the critics gradually but unmistakably for "the range of his work," "originality of technical approach," "richness of mental concepts" and his "eager, restless pursuit of new aesthetic experience." As a teacher, during the next fifteen years, he became, as the Art Digest put it, "second father" to hundreds of students who passed through his classes at the Art Students' League of New York. Scrupulously honest and high-principled, endowed with humor, richness and warmth of personality, sanity and balance, his extraordinary talent for human relationships grew with his wide contact with increasing numbers of students. Although he died in 1938, at a tragically early age, he left behind a tremendously devoted following of brilliant young artists, as well as the unique and concrete system of art teaching presented in this book.

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Karen Vancil, January 12, 2009 (view all comments by Karen Vancil)
Kimon Nicolaides "The Natural Way to Draw" was The Text of my first drawing class. It was 1965, UC Davis, teacher = Wayne Thiebaud. Now, in 2009, I am returning to learn to draw again. This Is The Book To Use.
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gwynn, October 7, 2007 (view all comments by gwynn)
This book is hard. It will make you sweat, it will make you hurt and then it will ask for more. It is created as a year of classes, each section is a lesson. The first day is three hours of contour drawing. Contour drawing, for those of you who aren't familiar with it, is drawing at the slowest speed; you never look at the paper and you move your pencil barely an inch in five minutes. For three strait hours, you can literally feel your mind crack as you stay 100% alert on the edge of the vase that you are drawing.

What is happening is you are retraining yourself. Retraining how your eyes and hands work much like an injured patient who has to relearn how to walk. Its difficult, frustrating and physiologically draining, much like what the injured patient has to go through. Your hands are being trained to move exactly how your eyes move, your training them to synchronize like two dancers. It becomes startlingly easy after a week or a month. Though it is also startlingly easy to revert back to its old ways if not kept exercised.

If you are not an artist and decide to pick up this book as your teacher you are in good hands. Know that there are professional artists that have never made it past the first lesson so don't feel as though your not good enough.

For artists, this book is extremely adaptable, like most classes what you put in to it is what you get out. So not being able to get through the first 5 minutes without groaning is probably a sign that you are a strong artist and know how to push yourself. And do push yourself after all this is your art on the line, if you cant make it past 30 minutes without going crazy then your probably going about it the Right way.




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Product Details

ISBN:
9780395530078
Author:
Nicolaides, Kimon
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Techniques
Subject:
Study and teaching
Subject:
Drawing
Subject:
Drawing - General
Subject:
Techniques - Drawing
Subject:
Drawing -- Study and teaching.
Subject:
Art - Drawing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 1712
Publication Date:
February 1990
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.22x6.92x.85 in. 1.19 lbs.

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