Buy The Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art Study by Kimon Nicolaides (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Free UK delivery on. Hello, I’ve recently started working with Kimon Nicolaides’ book The Natural way to draw and I’ve started this sketchbook as a way to hold. Kimon Nicolaides was born in Washington DC in He grew up exposed to the aesthetic experience because his Greek father imported Asian artefacts.

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The Natural Way to Draw

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The author also includes many drawing excercises along with examples of student drawings. No trivia or quizzes yet. Apr 13, Susan rated it really liked it.

The Natural Way to Draw. A year with Kimon Nicolaides

The instruction is beautifully written and the student drawings included are helpful and inspiring. Dec 06, Ruth rated it it was amazing Shelves: As for Blind Contours, I have never met a respected art educator who’d recommended them; His mass-excercises show no conception at all of “Mass”; He does not even understand what Mass is, Turn to page 77 if you have the book, and you might possible see the worst “Mass” drawing ever done.

I think this book is perpetrating a horrendous fraud. October 11th, Further to this, I have also found that my drawing from photos has improved as well and here’s the most significant thing for me.


Again, Nicolaides advocates searching for the feeling that your pencil is touching the figure.

Kimon Nicolaides – The Natural Way to Draw

The modern artists came along and made gesture drawing and gesture painting the actual finished art, which is one of the many ways that they turned traditional art upside down. What is Art Anyway?

Now, let me pull out my copy of Natural Way to Draw I have had the chance to be a part of other courses taught using other methods and find this one superior. Possibly the best book ever written on learning to draw. Is “The natural way to draw – Kimon Nicolaides” woth it?

Originally posted by CoolArtiste As far as contours, I’m talking about blind contours, which is drawing without looking at the paper, and that’s what Nicolaides advocates. This is the best book on drawing that has ever been written, and it’s the only one I still own.

Like many other before and after me, I undertook the program, and it ended by being simply too much to sustain.

What a waste of money. By NajamQ in forum Art Discussions. I would add that the exercises outlined therein still hold value for the most seasoned visual artist and are the equivalent of scales for the musician. It seems that Nicolaides is thinking of gesture drawing as the end goal rather than the beginning.

However, I wonder whether so many methods are really so “natural”, and moreover, whether they are really necessary to learn drawing.

Along with useful exercises, there is a wondrous amount of good advice, I see this book as a necessary stepping stone in the road of expression.


I think that is something new and not a part of traditional art. Sep 16, Terrance Robinson rated it it was amazing.

First of all, Gesture drawing is intended for artists to use to relieve the st I normally do not review art books, as there are others who do better than that beside me, but in this book, Nicolaides is the exact archetype of the nonsensical art educator: My teacher mostly took some exercises from Mr. Jul 16, Rob Dhillon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Start free drawing lessons Receive your free drawing lessons right in your inbox every week. But I say it also teaches you how to draw things.

Contour drawing and gesture drawing are two cornerstones of Life Drawing and this book teaches these things.

Finally I appreciate anybody who reads any of this. A well written book. However, I figured out that it isn’t exactly mysticism. It teaches one to see. If anybody who has worked with this book before has any thoughts on getting that feeling that your pencil is touching the figure I’d love to hear them.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Photos are difficult, but nothing like drawing a living, breathing, moving subject. I have heard about it for months and felt it was a waste of time. Logan Graphic Products, Inc.