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on September 14, 2015
Very poor format for the ebook.
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on February 19, 2015
Absolutely Great. I ended up buying the hard copy as it is easier to read, personally, to have it in your hand. This book has great information abut drawing and everything surrounding it. Philosophical as well as artistic view of drawing. Recommend this for those interested in more than just the core of art itself.
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on December 8, 2014
worthwhile ,Speed knows a lot about it all.
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on June 8, 2013
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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on August 7, 2012
It contains mostly the philosophy, the principles and guidelines of various techniques used in drawing. But it provides very little practical techniques! The number of sketches and illustrated drawings are minimal.

Today, in the images section of Google, simply type in the words "drawing practice exercises", in just the first SCROLLABLE page you will get hundred times more illustrations of drawing sketches and some are of better quality than those included in this book.

Again while using Google search for the term
Harold speed "practice science of drawing" author
I got many pictures and reference to this book with hundred of different book covers, and there is NO drawings or paintings produced by this author. The "Gutenberg.org" even has it!

This book might analyze to death or might eloquently wrote about various aspect of drawings but for the practice and science of it, I found "The Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci" hundred time better and fits this title better.

The reviewers have overrated this book, IMO!!!
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on February 12, 2011
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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on December 16, 2007
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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on August 27, 2003
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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on January 26, 2003
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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on May 12, 2002
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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