Chapman, J.G. (John Gadsby), 1808-1889. / The American drawing-book: a manual for the amateur, and basis of study for the professional artist: especially adapted to the use of public and private schools, as well as home instruction.
(1870 [1873 printing])
Chapter II. The rudiments of drawing. The human head., pp. 35- ff.
CHAPTER IT. THE RUDIMENTS OF DRAWING. THE HUMAN HEAD. - If we wieb to ascend to the top o~ c~ edifice, we must be content to advance ate; by atep, otherwise we ahall never be able t~ attain it -LaowAaDo DA VINCI. HE first impulse of all beginners is to attempt the delineation of the human face, and generally as seen in profile, because it is easi- er thus to express the actual form of the features ;- and, there is no object in nature on which the early efforts of the student of design can he more deservedly and profitably bestowed. In nothing else are combiued so ma~ny elements of beauty and expres- sion, such established and well-defined principles of form, and happy adaptation of that form W purpose-in short, such perfection of Design-and he that can draw the head with accuracy and knowledge, in all its details, is a master of the art. As a general standard of beauty and expression, the conception of man reaches to nothing beyond it. In his dreams of angels and beatified spirits he can go no higher, and the demons of the imaginary world bear its impress, however distorted or debased. Always before us, always subject to our scrutiny and observation, always exciting a deep interest and best remembered of all other objects, possessing 85 / --I
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