Classical Drawing Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice Hardcover – 31 Mar 2007
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About the Author
Juliette Aristides is the author of "Classical Painting Atelier" and "Classical Drawing Atelier." She is the instructor of the Aristides Classical Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington, where she lives. Her work is exhibited at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco and can be seen at the Art Renewal Center.
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The disappointment faded when I realised that it was much more. In my video 'flick through' you'll see that the book is full of beautiful drawings. Just looking at some of them is an inspiration.
However, the bulk of the text in this book is to do with theory. The book has around 140 pages, and the series of 5 practical 'lessons' begins on page 124 - That should tell you something!
Here's a fuller idea of what to expect:
After a short summary of artistic training methods from early days up to the 21st century, the book launches into "Timeless principles". There's a chapter each on Design, Line, Value, and Form.
The chapters on Design and Line give a good idea of the book's approach. In the Design chapter, a lot of time and space is devoted to the 'Golden Ratio' (and spiral forms derived from it) in nature and art. Fascinating stuff if you've not encountered it before, and it may forever change the way you look at some old master paintings.
The chapter on Line relates not to the quality of the drawn line on the page, but rather to the 'unseen' lines which underlie a picture's composition. The following chapters on VALUE and FORM also mostly deal with theory, and while the book doesn't loose sight of how theory must eventually become practice, beginners may find themselves occasionally scratching their heads and wondering 'But why do I need to know all THIS stuff? I just want to learn to draw!Read more ›
I've been using pencil but I'm now moving into charcoal and this book has given me the direction, motivation and reason to do this. The pictures inside are phenomenal, the descriptions excellent and the sequencing first rate. I have many books on `how to' but this will be a treasured addition to my library of art works. I absolutely love it.
The author's teaching is interesting, but ultimately describes a process without going into the "how to" detail. To sum it up she emphasises you just have to do lots of drawing, though she does give you a framework in which to do it, which I guess is the "secret"! I personally would have liked more hints about how to work with charcoal to the level of precision shown in the drawings.
However the true value of the book is that it is a collection of wonderful drawings from which you can learn a lot and use to improve your own technique. I thoroughly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Decent book but the first 100 or so pages are just the writer having a captive audience and talking drivel. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really like this book but I appreciate that its not for beginners on how to get started, but its more about how to get the detail and precise values. Read morePublished 17 months ago by KTB
this is what you should learn at art school and wish i could roll back the years, truly worth while read real educationPublished on 25 Feb. 2014 by Mr. Juggler B
As a student of classical drawing (as well as painting) I love all of Juliette Aristides' books that give valuable guidance in correct precision with regard to creating beautiful... Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2013 by RF.
Even if you never draw, this is a lovely book with great illustrations. Very informative if you follow the exercises.Published on 2 May 2013 by Lillian Benson
If you want to understand classical drawing not only to look at, but also to recreate as the Masters did, then this has to be the book for you. Read morePublished on 7 April 2013 by Andrew Wooton