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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (June 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440314446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440314445
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #418,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Color photographs of paper, material, tools, and finished drawings in this practical and technically oriented manual give it visual punch and help it to feel modern." --Library Journal

About the Author

Craig Nelson has been a professional artist for more than 30 years. He has worked for recording companies and motion picture studios, is collected by James Garner, Neil Simon, Toyota Corporation and many more; and has won hundreds of awards. He is Director of Fine Art, Drawing and Painting at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and is currently a signature member of the California Art Club, American Society of Portrait Artists and Baywood Artists. He teaches workshops that attract students from all over the United States and is the author of 60 Minutes to Better Painting: Sharpen Your Skills in Oil and Acrylic. He has several art instruction videos with Creative Catalyst Productions. Visit his website at Nelson lives in Santa Rosa, California.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eb on May 10 2012
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this arrived very quickly and in great condition. I bought it for a friend who loves to draw and she found it very useful. The illustrations are fantastic and inspiring. A great read.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer gracies mom - Published on
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I do not know what kind of background the previous reviewer has but as artist and art teacher I highly recommend this book. The idea of valuing it according to price, like some kind of bean counter is absurd.
The book covers the fundamentals and the drawings are superb. It is easy to carry and also serves as a continuous source of style and inspiration.
As for the price it is worth every penny. If you want beautiful though realistic images to act as an ideal and have enough intelligence not to need Parental consent to see the nudes in the book please DISREGARD THE FATUOUS AND INCREDULOUS REVIEW ABOVE.
The book dose exactly what it claims and dose so with great art, style and composition. Craig Nelson is one of the most accomplished draftsman of this era and has made, and shows great choices.
Need to be taken by the hand through everything pertaining to drawing then head for your nearest art school, as no book can do what a serious series of classes in drawing fundamentals can do. However don't trash a perfectly fine and inspirational book for the price or the heck of it.
And, yes I do own the book and am very pleased with it. So are my many students.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
art student drawing reference Jan. 22 2009
By Lloyd L. Lehn - Published on
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I almost finished with this book and have concluded it is well worth the money.

It has a lot of information useful to the drawing student that I have not found elsewhere and I have a lot of drawing/art books.

Subjects are a quick and dirty summary except fot the demonstrations which cover maybe three pages and take you step by step through the process of makeing the drawing.

lloyd lehn
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Begining Artist must read Dec 4 2009
By Clifford Lehmann - Published on
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I have just finished reading this book. I am an artist and I plan to give this book to young relative of mine for Christmas. It covers every aspect of drawing in an easy to understand way. I also like how the author combines other mediums with and in his drawings. The challenge to use several mediums in a single project is great. I will refer to this book many times when I work on my projects as well.
I would recommend this book to anyone, young or old, beginner or advanced who wishes to create a piece of art they can be proud to display.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Drawing Book Jan. 10 2011
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I've been looking for a good, general drawing book for years. I passed over this one initially because the cover looked "hokey" but after previewing it at the library, I bought it. It's a GREAT book for many different drawing styles, which is what I like best.
49 of 73 people found the following review helpful
a collection of generalized art medium info, much overpriced. July 25 2006
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"Drawing Bible" by Craig Nelson, with a publication date of 24 March 2006....

The suggested retail cover price is $24.99, which is much too high for basic art information, and that is reduced by Amazon to $15.99, so the book can be had for somewhat of a "bargain" price. However, I have reviewed other books that cover the same material for less still than $15.99, and more thoroughly.

The issue here is whether or not the author is providing a beginning student of art with a book of useful information. If somone wants this BIBLE of generalized information, it is certainly a personal choice. In my experience however, looking back upon all the years that I have bought books, no beginner needs a BIBLE like this, for the simple fact that all a beginner needs to learn drawing is pencil and charcoal. In Nelson's DRAWING BIBLE, the first pages introduce colored pencils, pastel chalk, pens and inks, colored inks and other media that really is beyond the "beginner" level. Therefore, I do not see that all of the above "advanced" drawing media are useful in any practical sense.

Chapter after chapter of diffuse, generalized art info follows.

There are 11 pages on perspective, and finally, by the time you study up to pages 186, 187, 188, and 189, these four pages contain some "animated" human figures. Not much to work with really.

Following the four pages on drawing the human figure in motion, pages 205 to 219 cover drawing heads and faces.

All of the figure and head & face drawing can be had in cheaper books, and it is covered better.

If one desires a general reference book on various drawing mediums and you can afford the book, it may be something you want; but I think this book is based on the assumption that people will sit and read page after page of encyclopedic information that is of no immediate use, to be stored away in memory. In fact, most students of art will use very specific information and want lots of it on a single subject, like drawing the face & figure, or landscape drawing, or architectural drawing, and this book merely covers everything briefly, so that for every single chapter's subject, you will have to go out and buy another book to cover it thoroughly.