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

Please ensure images are below px and kb. A year with Kimon Nicolaides. Results 1 draaw 12 of The Natural Way to Draw. March 22nd, 1. A year fo Kimon Nicolaides 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 myself accountable and to get feedback on my studies. I’m planning to work my way through the year’s worth of exercises in the book and record my thoughts about the process.

I’m going to post some of nagural current work so that I have a point of reference for my fraw. Each of theses figures took between 20 and 60 minutes and in each case I simply tried to do the best drawing that I could. Hide this ad by registering as a member March 22nd, 2. March 22nd, 3. Contour drawing So this is my first time with this exercise.

It definitely tested my patience, and my first few results were hard for me to look at.

After a few sessions of only contour drawings I started to feel better about my results and I definitely got a feel for it. Nicolaides wway stress trying to get the feeling that your pencil is touching the figure. Personally I found that it was difficult for me to get that feeling while also maintaining a my patience.

Nicolaides says that you should spend over thirty minutes or even an hour on some of these studies and I did, but I felt that I got the best results when I finished them in minutes. 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. March 22nd, 4.


Natursl 60 second xraw drawings are something I’m relatively familiar with. I’ve heard of many different methods but Kimon stresses focusing on motion and not lifting your pencil off of the page.

Personally I try to focus nicolaidee the shape of the torso, if the motion of the torso is right I feel that the naturwl and head can’t help but wat into place, so I usually start with that shape, I know that a lot of artists advocate finding a line of motion or the curve of the spine but I’ve always been less comfortable doing it that way.

It seems to me that certain poses lend themselves more or less to certain methods. This is an exercise that I enjoy doing a lot, I find it pretty relaxing and cathartic and in particular I find that it’s not stressful which drawing can be at other times. Kimon describes gesture drawing as an exercise that should be done furiously and I find that sensation more enjoyable than what he calls “painstaking” drawing like the contour drawings. March 22nd, 5. Cross Contours This is another new exercise for me.

Again, Nicolaides advocates searching for the feeling that your pencil is touching the figure. I don’t think I’ve found that feeling so if anybody is familiar with the book I would love to hear your thoughts. This exercise was somewhat confusing, it was hard to decide which way to move my pencil across the figure at certain sections. At certain times I felt that my results had mass and at other they did not and I haven’t exactly figured out what causes the difference.

March 22nd, ho. So at hatural end of this week I just have a fraw thoughts about what I’ve done so far. I find that doing drawing exercises feels good, a lot of times trying to do a “good drawing” can be very stressful and I find that focusing on an exercise and not worrying too much about the result makes it a lot easier for me to just draw.

I also like the way this book kkmon organized because I can just follow the program without worrying too much about whether I’m practicing the right skill and that makes it a lot easier for me as well. In fact, more than anything I’ve started to think about the mental aspects of drawing. I have a lot of background in competitive sports and I think drawing is similar in a lot of ways.

I’ve noticed that I have a lot of mental blocks when it comes to drawing, and I know that it’s these mental blocks more than anything that are holding me back. That’s the reason I chose this book because I want drawing to become as natural to me as breathing or walking.


Other than that I’m just going to talk for a moment about how I feel about my drawing skills. The feeling that I have is that I have a good nicolaices but that my hand struggles to keep up.

I have difficulty drawing curves that I can see clearly with my eye. A lot of times I try to compensate by going over a line over and over or drawing a very sketchy line and slowly building the line I want but this feels like a crutch and I don’t like the result. When I relax and just let my hand move I like the lines that I can make but I find that I can’t always control them and keep them looking nice.

I enjoy drawing a lot more when I relax and let my hand move but if I have an objective like drawing something I see in front of me or drawing something that I have imagined ahead of time in my head I clam up and don’t know how to start. Mixed in with a lot of my exercises are doodles that I drew while I was relaxed and that’s the sort of drawing that I find the most fun but I wan’t to be able to harness that and create actual works of art.

Finally I appreciate anybody who reads any of this. I would love to get feedback on all this but I also hope that my work here can help other people who are looking to improve as well. Any advice on these exercises or even on uploading these images in a faster or easier to see way would be appreciated. March 22nd, 7. Blind contours are all about developing a sensitive line. As your lines are all the same, you are wasting your time.

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The Natural Way to Draw. A year with Kimon Nicolaides

Originally Posted by GoodShepperd. March 22nd, 9. March 22nd, I think you could really benefit from going though drawabox. Also do more really fast gestures.

At first you can’t get anything down, but as you do more you start to understand the shapes and the quick lines you can make to capture them. I still have a long way to go myself, but I do feel that has helped me nicolaives ton!

Kimon Nicolaides – The Natural Way to Draw

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