The American Drawing-Book ePub (Adobe DRM) download by John Gadsby Chapman

The American Drawing-Book

Brownell Press
Publication date: April 2013
ISBN: 9781447497905
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)

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The American Drawing-Book' was originally published in 1847 is a manual for the amateur, as well as being a basis of study for the professional artist. It is especially well adapted for the use of both public and private schools, as well as for home teaching. Any one who can learn to write can learn to draw and, as writing is not taught to those only who are destined to become authors, but as forming an essential part of general education, so is drawing equally important to others besides professional artists. To write-to draw a form or figure that shall be recognised as the representative of a letter or word, is one thing; and to be able to design, draw, or write such forms, upon principles of grace and accuracy-to understand the Art of writing-is another. Thus it is also with Drawing, another mode of expressing ourselves, not less useful or necessary than that by letters or words. To draw a horse, that shall not be mistaken for a man, is one step; but to draw a horse, with all his just proportions and developments, movement and expression, is an Art to be acquired. Any one can make something on paper to look like a tree, a cottage, a road, a brook, or a mountain; but Art goes farther, and, as if to compensate for what it falls short of, invests the whole with a charm more impressive than the reality, even to the most simple-minded cow-boy, who may have gone that road or waded that brook a thousand times, unconscious of the beauty that surrounded him, until it was developed by the hand of Art.
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