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 III. Rudiments of drawing.--The human figure., pp. -90
CHAPTER III. RUDIMENTS OF DRAWING.-TJJE HUMAN FIGURE. Practice. thouSh essential to perfection, can never attain that to which it aims. Unless it works under the direction of principle.'- Sir Jcsnua RaYNOtDs. ITH some the method of learning to draw, thus far developed, may have proved long and even tedious; while to others it may have been too rapid, and their advancement, in its practical application, may not have equalled their expectations or wishes. The former should not be disheartened because their hand and conception have not kept pace with their teaching, nor the latter deceive themselves by hurrying forWard too rapidly,-or fail to understand, thoroughly, and to apply practically, every principle laid down. The purpose of the AMERICAN DRAWING-BOOK is not to teach the methods of drawing trees, houses, faces, figures, or flowers, by separate recipe, nor to direct the learner by short-cuts to the attainment of proficiency in any one branch singly; but, to place before him the broad principles of Design, a knowledge of which, with the power of its practical application, will qualify for the exercise of all, or any one branch, that the taste or inclination of the possessor may lead him to pursue; and the course of study K
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