Figure Drawing For Dummies (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 31, 2011 - Art - 384 pages
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Figure Drawing For Dummies appeals to both new art students and veteran artists who find it difficult to proportionally draw the human form. The illustrations and examples in Figure Drawing For Dummies are designed to help readers capture this elusive figure.

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Basic but Useful
I have experience figure drawing already and I knew this book would include a lot of beginner stuff that I don't need. However, I was also hoping that it would have some handy
references that I could make use of even as an intermediate artist. And it does. Pros: handy visual references, stuff about shading, references for musculature of the human body, the composition/perspective chapter was more advance, the section on profile was great as this is always a tough angle, Cons: Lots geared towards beginners which meant a lot of valuable book space was taken up with basics about proportion that I already know and could have been said faster. Also, it's really teaching you how to draw mannequins as it completely shies away from the nude form. Verdict: Glad to have it as a reference and I WOULD recommend it to beginners. I like that it includes both technical and gestural aspects of figure drawing and if a new artist is not already familiar with basic proportions etc. this would be an invaluable reference. 

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User Review  - Karin - Goodreads

It's got a few of the basics down but I did not like this book very much. I was happy that it didn't focus on the naked figure like most figure books do. It didn't cover everything I wanted to know ... Read full review


Welcome to the Joys of Figure Drawing
Starting with FigureDrawing Basics
Getting Inside the Head
Adding Facial Features
Going to the Top with Hair
Presenting Emotions in Facial Features
Examining Figure Proportions and Bone Structure
Pumping Up Those Muscles
Drawing Figures in Motion
Sharpening Your FigureDrawing Skills
Taking Your Work to the Next Level with Advanced Drawing Techniques
Working with Composition and Perspective
The Part of Tens 347 Chapter 15 Ten Places to Study and Draw the Figure

Starting Simple with Stick Figures and Mannequins

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About the author (2011)

Kensuke Okabayashi is an award-winning professional artist. His work can be seen in everything from comic books to graphic novels to advertising storyboards. Okabayashi has taught illustration courses at Mercer College of New Jersey.

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