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Elements of Drawing

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Unmatched for its basic approach to drawing, this updated classic eclipses all others in its wealth of visual references.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Watson-Guptill (first published 1857)
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Jess Scott
If you want to buy just one drawing book...

Make sure this is the one! I came across THE ELEMENTS OF DRAWING at the library on a random day, when I was a wayward 16/17-year-old (I am now 23). I had always wanted to draw, but found many of the drawing books to be not very useful/helpful (as the introduction states, in the "elements of drawing" copy/edition that I read).

Many modern how-to-draw books do not instill/nurture/teach/inspire one to develop their own artistic sense, and a keen observation
Sherry (sethurner)
I very much enjoyed reading John Ruskin, Victorian arbiter of taste, in this volume about how to learn to draw. The book is divided into three letters to beginners, each covering topics like observing the natural world, sketching with pen and ink, pencil and watercolor, and studying the masters to improve one's technique. I loved how specific he is, how opinionated. There is a wonderful appendix where Ruskin suggests artists to study, especially Albert Durer. I read a library copy, but may need ...more
If C3PO wrote a text on drawing, it would read a lot like this. Eminent Victorian John Ruskin in prissy, fussy and rather dull, he also does his best to discourage the reader from pursuing art in the first place, which is both amusing and rather dismaying. There is some good information on period on drawing and painting techniques in this book but the reader has to work hard at excavating and resuscitating it.
Lovely book written in a very dryly humorous style. Teaches accurate execution and delicacy of drawing.
Learned a lot from this book.
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John Ruskin was born on 8 February 1819 at 54 Hunter Street, London, the only child of Margaret and John James Ruskin. His father, a prosperous, self-made man who was a founding partner of Pedro Domecq sherries, collected art and encouraged his son's literary activities, while his mother, a devout evangelical Protestant, early dedicated her son to the service of God and devoutly wished him to beco ...more
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