Every day for the next week I will post a quote from The Natural Way to Draw by Kimon Nicolaides. My art professor described this book as the Old Testament of drawing (with Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain being the New Testament). I recently started reading through it again and many of his opinions have resonated with my own struggles on the subjects of creativity and the nature/role of the artist. I have selected seven of his most pointed statements.
“There is only one right way to draw and that is a perfectly natural way. It has nothing to do with artifice or technique. It has nothing to do with aesthetics or conception. It has only to do with the act of correct observation, and by that I mean a physical contact with all sorts of objects through all the senses. If a student misses this step and does not practice it for at least his first five years, he has wasted most of his time and must necessarily go back and begin all over again.”