The Practice and Science of Drawing

The Practice and Science of Drawing
Author: Harold Speed
Rating: 4.07
Bestsellers Rate: 10559
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Book Format: Paperback
Binding: None
Pages: 296
Hours of reading: 4.9 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 12,90 €

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Much of the learning to practice as well as to appreciate art is concerned with understanding the basic principles. One of these principles is what Harold Speed calls "dither," the freedom that allows realism and the artistic vision to play against each other. Very important to any artist or work of art, this quality separates the scientifically accurate from the artistically accurate. Speed's approach to this problem is now considered a classic, one of the few books from the early years of this century that has continued to be read and recommended by those in the graphic arts. In this work, Harold Speed approaches this dynamic aspect of drawing and painting from many different points of view. He plays the historical against the scientific, theory against precise artistic definition. He begins with a study of line drawing and mass drawing, the two basic approaches the artist needs to learn. Further sections carry the artistic vision through unity and variety of line and mass, balance, proportion, portrait drawing, the visual memory, materials, and procedures. Throughout, Speed combines historical backgrounds, dynamic aspects which each technique brings to a work of art, and specific exercises through which the young draughtsman may begin his training. Although not a technique book in the strict sense of the terms, The Practice and Science of Drawing brings to the beginner a clear statement of the principles that he will have to develop and their importance in creating a work of art. Ninety-three plates and diagrams, masterfully selected, reinforce Speed's always clear presentation. Harold Speed, master of the art of drawing and brilliant teacher, has long been cited for this important work. For the beginner, Speed will develop a sense for the many different aspects which go into an artistic education. For the person who enjoys looking at drawings and paintings, Speed will aid developing the ability to see a work of art as the artist meant it to be seen.


Reproductions of works by such artists as Degas, Velasquez, and Manet complement this study of the line and mass approaches to drawing



Harold Speed Biography

Harold Speed (11 February 1872 – 20 March 1957) was an English painter in oil and watercolour of portraits, figures and historical subjects. He also wrote instructional books for artists that remain in print. Born in London, the son of Edward Speed, an architect, he studied architecture at the Royal College of Art, but soon took up painting, and continued his studies at the Royal Academy Schools between 1891 and 1896, winning a gold medal and a travelling scholarship in 1893. In 1896, he was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Speed was a member of the Art Workers' Guild and was elected as its Master in 1916.He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1893, and held his first one-man exhibition in 1907 at the Leicester Galleries. His work was part of the painting event in the art competition at the 1928 Summer Olympics. In 1930 he provided paintings for the new chapel of Wesley House, Cambridge. Speed lived in Watlington, Oxfordshire and London, where he died on 20 March 1957. Because of their intelligent combination of useful advice and sensitive reflection on the nature and meaning of artistic practice, Harold Speed's instructional manuals on drawing and painting have long been considered valuable resources for artists. There are editions of his manual "The Practice and Science of Drawing" (1913) in the public domain. His other publications include The Science and Practice of Oil Painting (1924) and What is the Good of Art? (1936).



"Biography". ArtMagick. Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2009. Waters, Grant M. (1975). Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900-1950. Eastbourne Fine Art. ISBN 0-902010-05-0. Speed, Harold (1913). The Practice and Science of Drawing. London: Seeley, Service & Co. ... Read full biography

Authors: Harold Speed
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Languages: | English |
Original Language:
ISBN13: 9780486228709
ISBN10: 0486228703
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Edition: New edition
Edition Statement: New edition
Illustrations: None
Literature Country: None
Literature Period: None
Book Format: Paperback
Book Binding: None
Paper: None
Font: None
Pages: 296
Book Weight: 453.59
Book Dimensions: 20x215x25.4
Circulation: None
Publication date: March 28, 2003
First Publication Date: None
Publication City/Country: New York, United States

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