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I've always loved art since I was a child. But you could say I became "serious" about my artistic endeavors when I entered middle school and became a pretty intense anime nerd and always wanted to recreate my favorite characters. This was also the time of my first art classes, which I loved and would always sign up for in the future. As I grew older my tastes changed and I became a fan of gothic imagery and loved to draw portraits.

As I progressed in my schooling, I took as many art classes as I could and loved every moment of it. Upon entering college, I wasn't sure what I wanted to major in and was undeclared through my first year and a half. I was taking a couple art classes, trying to ponder what it was that I wanted to do with my future, what to major in, etc. It came to the point where I was getting quite stressed about it, when I finally asked myself the question, "What could I possibly major in besides Art?" And there was no answer I could think of, so I became an art major.

My research for this project involved looking at the rhetoric in Kimon Nicolaides' The Natural Way to Draw, the book which is recommended for the drawing courses here at UAS. At times it can be somewhat of a tough and wordy read with intimidating lesson plans, but the rhetoric used seems like it would be highly motivating to artists who have a serious desire to improve their skills. Nicolaides is obviously a credible, trustworthy teacher as he has taught many students during his career and recalls different scenarios he has encountered during his teaching. He appeals to an artist's emotions by making them question whether they truly have the desire or motivation to better themselves, which I think is something that almost every artist probably wants to do. Overall, despite a few flaws, this book seems like it would be very helpful and engaging to anyone who would like to learn to draw.