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The Elements of Drawing

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The book has no illustrations or index. It may have numerous typos or missing text. However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original rare book from the publisher's website (GeneralBooksClub.com). You can also preview excerpts of the book there. Purchasers are also entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from m ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 26th 2010 by General Books (first published 1857)
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Jess Scott
Jul 05, 2010 Jess Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sherry (sethurner)
Oct 29, 2008 Sherry (sethurner) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, nonfiction
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
Apple23 Hershberger
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
Telyn
Mar 19, 2010 Telyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Christa
Jul 02, 2012 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lovely book written in a very dryly humorous style. Teaches accurate execution and delicacy of drawing.
Greg
Sep 09, 2014 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Learned a lot from this book.
E.
Sep 11, 2014 E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steam
A classic
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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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