The Natural Way to Draw

“There is only one right way to learn to draw and that is a perfectly natural way. It has nothing to do with artifice or technique. It has nothing to do with aesthetics or conception. It has only to do with the act of correct observation, and by that I mean a physical contact with all sorts of objects through all the senses.”

In The Natural Way to Draw, Kimon Nicolaides’ main objective is not to teach students “how to draw” but to teach them to learn how to draw” instead. The book’s concern is to provide students an experience, rather than a sheer idea, so as to produce a more dynamic form, not a mere connection of lines and manipulated shadows that produce something we call an object.

Moreover, besides the authors’ ideas/theories, the book provides a system, a series of exercises carefully planned and designed to produce his theories’ desired effect.

For starters and even artists who wish to improve their skills, this book is the way to go.

— Panch Alvarez

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