The Practice and Science of Drawing


Speed, Harold

“The best things in an artist’s work are so much a matter of intuition, that there is much to be said for the point of view that would altogether discourage intellectual inquiry into artistic phenomena on the part of the artist.” Thus writes Harold Speed in the very first line of his introduction to the book in which deconstructs the process of drawing by subjecting it to lucid intellectual inquiry. Published in 1913, “The Practice and Science of Drawing” balances its practical advice with technical insight: a necessary manual for those who wish to master the elements of classical drawing.


“Shows how drawing can be done as painting.” — reviewed by Dan Willrett.

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