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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for any artist
This book is an in depth study on the elements that make a piece of art. It covers the style and movement of line, (both the drawn and implied), mass, tone, rythym, balance and proportion. It also discusses variation and unity within the individual elements, how all the elements work with the subject to create a piece of art and the differences between a piece of art and...
Published on May 12 2002 by DM

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3.0 out of 5 stars it's okay
I would prefer more illustration of techniques rather than just word description. Good theory discussion, but can use more practical demonstrations.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for any artist, May 12 2002
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This review is from: The Practice and Science of Drawing (Paperback)
This book is an in depth study on the elements that make a piece of art. It covers the style and movement of line, (both the drawn and implied), mass, tone, rythym, balance and proportion. It also discusses variation and unity within the individual elements, how all the elements work with the subject to create a piece of art and the differences between a piece of art and a great piece of art.
I could ramble on, but will not, though there is so much more in this book. It is bursting at the binding with insight on drawing. It is clearly written by someone who obviously knows what he is writing about. It is a fantastic art course by a man who knows how to teach. It is as relevant today as it was when written, probably even more so given my experience of modern art tuition over the years. If you want to be an artist, no, if you want to be a great artist, read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a superb guide to traditional drawing, Nov. 29 1998
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Though written nearly a hundred years ago, Harold Speed's book is a gem. We live in a time when traditional drawing techniques are hard to come by, but Speed takes us back to the essential skills of the late nineteenth century. If you dream, as I do, of drawing like Ingres and painting like Sargent, this book will point the way. An absolute classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best ever done in English, Jan. 26 2003
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Clem J. Robins (cincinnati, ohio) - See all my reviews
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It's easy to pontificate and very, very hard to draw. Suspiciously absent from most books on drawing are drawings by the author. But Speed, a journeyman painter whose career bridged the 19th and 20th centuries, drew wonderfully well, and his drawings vindicate his ideas. Additionally, Speed's career embodies the best of the academic tradition and the then-contemporary discoveries of the Impressionists. His assessment of Monet has stood the test of time, as have his splendid instruction on the nuts and bolts of drawing. If you can only have one book on drawing -- and I have a vested interest in this area -- Speed's is the one to get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, Dec 16 2007
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Diane C (Val-d'Or, Canada) - See all my reviews
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Although coming with just a few black & white reproductions and a lot of explanations, this book is decidely oriented towards theory and the principles behind a truly successful work of art. I think this is a must for the student who wants to learn how to master the practice of drawghtmanship in order to grow as a real artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must reading on introduction to Visual Art, Jan. 18 1998
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if you are a Fine Arts student and you havent read this yet... well pick it up. It is well worth for the 1st and 2nd year student!
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3.0 out of 5 stars it's okay, June 8 2013
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I would prefer more illustration of techniques rather than just word description. Good theory discussion, but can use more practical demonstrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Reference for Art Students, Aug. 24 1999
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This book is good not only for the beginning art student, but also as an excellent reference for the more advanced student interested in solidifying his/her drawing skills. I strongly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the two Bibles for TRUE Art students, Oct. 1 1999
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Harold Speed is truly the finest author on the subject of painting and drawing. Wish I could have known him. You will read and reread learning new things every time. Indispensible. Your bible.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU NEED THIS BOOK!!!!!, Aug. 27 2003
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W. Johnson "Impatience is the enemy of good d... (Knoxville, TN United States) - See all my reviews
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IF YOU TRULY WISHED TO LEARN TO DRAW LIKE THOSE DRAUGHTSMEN OF OLD, WHY NOT STUDY (NOT JUST READ) FROM ONE OF THE BEST OF THEM? HAROLD SPEED'S TECHNIQUES ARE INCREDIBLE AND WILL TAKE INCREDIBLY LONG TO MASTER...BUT WHO WANTS QUICK FIX STUFF ANYWAY? LEONARDO AND THE OTHER MASTERS DIDN'T JUST PICK UP A PENCIL AND DREW BEAUTIFUL PIECES. DRAWING AND PAINTING WELL IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION. ENJOY LEARNING!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars très intéressant !, Feb. 12 2011
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Le produit est en très bonne condition et le shipping arrive en des temps toujours surprenant ! J'apprécie vraiment acheter avec Amazpn.
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