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    The Natural Way to Draw by Kimon Nicolaides

    I was told to get this book by Max the Mutt Animation but i have always hated contour drawings and cant get the grasp of what nicolaides is trying to do. Any suggestions of what i should do.

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    Try getting another book. Sometimes you'll find that more than one book teaches the same concept, or that there is more than one method to learn the figure. I know the school told you to get this book, but that's only a guide. There are many other guides out there.

    The other thing is with the world wide web using a bit of google to find terms you don't understand will lead you to more results.

    Speaking of... Briggsy brings us : http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=131117

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeAL View Post
    i have always hated contour drawings and cant get the grasp of what nicolaides is trying to do.
    Well you better start liking it, 'coz it's a bloody good exercise.

    However, Nicolaides isn't really a book for beginners.
    But you should still be doing blind contours.

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    Is this for your portfolio submission?

    "You’re right you DO suck, now do something about it"
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    I thought that book was called "how to draw horrible looking gestures". Don't feel bad, I did not find that book helpful early in my studies either. The art in it is not to my taste so perhaps that is part of it.

    What are you trying to learn? There are proven pathways depending on what that is. I am sure the folks around here will help point you in the right direction.

    Personally, I got more out of drawing on the right side of the brain, and doing master copies than I did from nicolaides.

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    thanks for all your replies and will check on the web for more info and no its not for my portfolio cuz i already got accepted by the school and honestly im just plain in simple just trying to learn more about drawing

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    Bleh, contour drawing.
    I've never heard of the book you're taling about, but Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, which Jason suggested I'm told is very very good.

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    I guess I'm in the minority, but I love contour drawing. The book is definitely not for pretty gesture drawing, but doing contours has helped me learn a ton about form. You do not end up with a pretty product. It isn't a sketch you will show to anyone. But if you focus enough, you can learn immense amounts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Manley View Post
    I thought that book was called "how to draw horrible looking gestures". Don't feel bad, I did not find that book helpful early in my studies either. The art in it is not to my taste so perhaps that is part of it.
    @Jason Manley: The book was published after his death, and all the drawings that were added into it. All my art teachers have told me "read the book, ignore the drawings" . And yeah, about gestures... *sigh!*.

    Still, I have my own qualms with Nicolaides (who's been more frustrating than helpful lately). I would recommend looking at Bridgeman's complete anatomy guide. He simplifies the body into very rhythmic shapes and you can learn a lot about body movement just by copying his drawings.

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    thanks and i will check bridgemans book.

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    Smile Just a little question

    Hey people!

    I too started studying The natural way to draw by Kimon Nicolaides.

    Im confused with the gesture drawing exercise. Is it supposed to be drawn without looking at the paper, like you do the contour exercise?

    Or can you look at the paper when you are drawing?

    I really want to understand this because the gesture drawing seems to be very important part of the training program.

    Thank you.

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