Lessons in Classical Drawing

Lessons in Classical Drawing

Essential Techniques From Inside the Atelier

Book Plus CD - 2011
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The practice of drawing...distilled to its essential elements.
 
In this elegant and inspiring primer, master contemporary artist and author Juliette Aristides breaks down the drawing process into small, manageable lessons; introduces time-tested principles and techniques that are easily accessib≤ and shares the language and context necessary to understand the artistic process and create superior, well-crafted drawings.
 
The companion DVD enclosed inside, beautifully filmed in Florence, Italy, provides real-time drawing lessons so that any gaps in the learning process are filled in with live instruction.
Publisher: New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780823006595
Characteristics: 208 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. + 1 DVD (4 3/4 in.)

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r
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Dec 30, 2014

You will find a DVD in a pocket inside the back cover of the book. My criticism is confined to the DVD because the book itself appears to have value.The DVD is a mess. Ms. Aristides is clearly a master artist, but she is less effective when the medium of communication is language.The subject of the DVD is how light gives volume and form to physical objects and how showing the effects of light by shading creates the illusion that a 2 dimensional object such as a circle, is a 3 dimensional solid, like a sphere. This is a basic and vital artistic concept. As I watched Ms. Aristides demonstrate this principle, it occurred to me that she had done little in the way of preparation. It was as if she said to herself,'I know how to do this and I understand it all. I'll just turn on the camera and wing it.' But her commentary, as she goes along, creates confusion where it should create clarity. If Betty Edwards is correct when she says the brain is divided into a left side which deals with logic, computation and language and a right side which deals with intuition and creativity, then it was a mistake for Ms. Aristides to attempt to describe what she was doing and do it at the same time. Better to have a more articulate person explain what was happening as Ms. Aristides was drawing.

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