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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: ACR Edition (27 Mar. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2867702038
  • ISBN-13: 978-2867702037
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 3.1 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gerald Ackerman lives in California. Renowned specialist in nineteenth-century academic art, he is also the author of several books published by ACR Edition, including The Life and Work of Jean-Léon Gérôme, with a second French edition revised and updated, and a paperback edition in English ( Jean-Leon Gerome, His Life, His Work), The Orientalists of the British School and The Orientalists of the American School.

Graydon Parrish is a renowned figurative painter, famous in the United States for his allegory often reproduced, Remorse, Despond, and Acceptance of An Early Death, the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Massachusetts.

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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Steampunk TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Oct. 2011
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I bought this somewhat nervously - It seemed a tad expensive for a paperback book about which I knew very little. But after some research I decided I was just going to have to grit my teeth and get a copy.

I'm glad I did!

Some people may find the term 'Drawing Course' a little bit misleading - there's no real textual 'instruction' in the original course at all. The method is essentially to learn by copying, and copying, and copying. But this isn't as dull as it may sound, because a lot of thought has clearly gone into the progression of drawings to copy, and they're generally so interesting that copying them is no real hardship at all.

While the original course has no text-based instruction, this edition does provide some useful hints in an early chapter. There are also sections about the history of the course, and appendixes on the life of Bargue (including what seems to be a pretty comprehensive collection of images of his work). Also - tucked away in Appendix 2 where one might easily miss it - there's some instruction on 'sight size' drawing technique.

The main bulk of the book contains the plates which form the 'course' itself. I've uploaded a video - a sort of 'virtual browse' to give you some idea what exactly you'll be buying if you go for this book. To be honest, I think it would be a good buy even if you didn't follow the course - if you just like looking at good drawings, or need something to spark your enthusiasm to pick up a pencil and do your own thing.

I can only find one fault with this book: All the prints are reproduced about about half their original size. While this may not matter much in the early line drawings, it seems generally agreed that this will make it impossible to properly copy the more finished works.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By BrianTC on 7 Dec. 2009
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This has to be one of the best books available for serious would-be artists. There is no substitute for practice but this book shows what is important and how to go about using a technique that has stood the test of time. A must for Art students and artists who want to improve.

Brian ClarkeDrawing Course
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on 9 Dec. 2011
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This book is now my most treasured ever possession. At a time when art was properly directed and taught as a disciplin all the old master's learned and honed their skills this way. Like learning a language art has a logistical map which can be formulated and learned. Unfortuantly today there are students leaving art school who are incapable of drawing as the basics have been neglected. I wholly reccommend this inspiring edition to those who long for the Grecian decorative images of pure aesthetics and beauty. If you follow the programme you can only advance. These exercises are not to be rushed as this is an art and needs to be respected. If you have always longed for the pleasure of being able to draw exactly what you see then this IS the book to buy and you should need no other. However there is a downside and that is before you attempt the exercises you must first get a suitable digital enlargement from which to copy. Each drawing should take atleast 2 weeks to complete correctly and to establish absolute accuracy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julie Artist on 26 Dec. 2011
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I had been interested in this book for a long time, having read numerous reviews and seen excerpts. However,the price of the book was rather off putting given that this is a paperback. I asked for this book as a Christmas present and I have not been disappointed. This is a book for someone who is really very serious about improving their skills. The drawings are lovely and makes you want to have a go and try to emulate their quality. This is not a step by step book, but rather one that encourages keen observation and lots of hard work. If you are truly committed to becoming a great artist, there are no shortcuts and hard work and perseverance are a must. This book will help hold your hand and guide you throught the excercises tried and tested by many successful artists throught the years. I am very glad it is now part of my book collection and I think it will become a treasured companion over the years.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. ap Rhisiart on 1 Sept. 2011
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There are issues with the book, in particular that you have to spend money copying plates and enlarging to a bigger size if you are serious about it; but for all that, I am very grateful to the editors for making this collection of plates available to a modern audience. There is a very useful introduction on how to use the book, they recommend using a sight-size approach. The plates themserves are really beautiful, an inspiration, as well as a classroom in a book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P J W on 11 Mar. 2013
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Apparently Van Gogh used this book! I am not kidding I read it somewhere. Okay so it wont mean you chop off some of your ear to prove your love to someone in a brothel. But if it made Van Gogh tap into that etheral thing that is art and being a great master what will it do for you?

Granted he spent two years going over the book and copying and drawing before originating. And at the price of the book you are going to be dedicated. Not everyone has to go to art school so if you can afford the book. Get it. I have dedicated one sketch book so far to using this book and experimentingto get my skills up to scratch.

So yes I would get it. I am not sure if it is a book that I would get randomly for someone who likes drawing or wants to go to art school. I think they would ask for something else. But hey you are stuck and they are serious about a career or just pleasure in drawing. Take the risk and remind them Van Gogh used it...
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