Ruskin, John
The elements of drawing: in three letters to beginners — London, 1857

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LETTER I.]

ON FIRST PRACTICE.

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EXEECISE II.

As this exercise in shading is very tiresome, it will
be well to vary it by proceeding with another at the
same time. The power of shading rightly depends
mainly on lightness of hand and keenness of sight;
but there are other qualities required in drawing,
dependent not merely on lightness, but steadiness of
hand; and the eye, to be perfect in its power, must
be made accurate as well as keen, and not only see
shrewdly, but measure justly.

Possess yourself therefore of any cheap work on
botany containing outline plates of leaves and flowers,
it does not matter whether bad or good: Baxter's Bri-
tish Flowering Plants is quite good enough. Copy any
of the simplest outlines, first with a soft pencil, fol-
lowing it, by the eye, as nearly as you can; if it does
not look right in proportions, rub out and correct it,
always by the eye, till you think it is right: when
you have got it to your mind, lay tracing-paper on
the book, on this paper trace the outline you have
been copying, and apply it to your own; and having
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