A comprehensive guide to drawing human beings accurately includes in-depth chapters covering proportion, structure, and posture, along with close studies of hands, feet, faces, and limbs.
Many of us want to learn “how to draw.” But as artist Anthony Ryder explains, it’s much more important to learn what to draw. In other words, to observe and draw what we actually see, rather than what we think we see. When it comes to drawing the human figure, this means letting go of learned ideas and expectation of what the figure should look like. It means carefully observing the interplay of form and light, shape and line, that combine to create the actual appearance of human form. In The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing, amateur and experienced artists alike are guided toward this new way of seeing and drawing the figure with a three-step drawing method. The book’s progressive course starts with the block-in, an exercise in seeing and establishing the figure’s shape. It then build to the contour, a refined line drawing that represents the figure’s silhouette. The last step is tonal work on the inside of the contour, when light and shadow are shaped to create the illusion of form. Separate chapters explore topics critical to the method: gesture, which expresses a sense of living energy to the figure; light, which largely determines how we see the model; and form, which conveys the figure’s volume and mass. Examples, step-by-steps, and special “tips” offer helpful hints and practical guidance throughout. Lavishly illustrated with the author’s stunning artwork, The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing combines solid instruction with thoughtful meditations on the art of drawing, to both instruct and inspire artists of all levels.
Provides instructions on drawing the human figure.
A complete course, packed with instruction and profusely illustrated, this reference book provides expert guidance on all aspects of drawing animals, including size, proportion, perspective, anatomy, skeletal structure, and musculature. The guide provides numerous detailed diagrams for mastering specific techniques and forms, as well as for completing drawings in a range of styles and rendered in a variety of different media, including pencil, charcoal, pastels, and inks. A menagerie of animals are featured, from dogs, horses, and cats to tigers, elephants, camels, and apes, enabling artists to capture their essence.
In this innovative guide, master art instructor William Maughan demonstrates how to create a realistic human likeness by using the classic and highly accurate modeling technique of chiaroscuro (Italian for “light and dark”) developed by Leonardo da Vinci during the High Renaissance. Maughan first introduces readers to the basics of this centuries-old technique, showing how to analyze form, light, and shadow; use dark pencil, white pencil, and toned paper to create a full range of values; use the elements of design to enhance a likeness; and capture a sitter’s gestures and proportions. He then demonstrates, step by step, how to draw each facial feature, develop visual awareness, and render the head in color with soft pastels.
Author: Bridget Woods
Life drawing is a passionate and rewarding pursuit, which inspires a wide range of styles from photographic to abstract. This practical book, packed with images and enjoyable exercises, is designed for the beginner or untutored group and the more experienced artist or teacher. It encoruages students to overcome their fears and expand their mark-making vocabulary. Covers: how to achieve accurate proportions; using line and tone; an awareness of body structure; experimenting with different tools, marks and textures; developing a personal style. Both a troubleshooting handbook and reference work, Life Drawing celebrates the individuality of the artist and the model, and is essential reading for anyone drawing the human figure.
Author: Robert Barrett
Publisher: North Light Books
Master the art of drawing the figure. Drawing from life has been an important source of expression and satisfaction for artists through the ages. Robert Barrett, master fine artist, instructor and university professor, re-creates his studio class on the pages of this book. Inside, you'll find a complete introduction to life drawing. You'll learn not only how to accurately portray the figure, but also how to bring life and personality to your drawing subjects. Detailed lessons, including step-by-step demonstrations, cover the fundamentals of drawing and design. You'll learn: How to capture your subject's character. The basics of figure anatomy, proportion and design. How to use light and shadow to create form. How to draw drapery and backgrounds. Barrett shows you how to achieve superb figure drawings--clothed and unclothed, male and female--filled with beauty and depth of expression. Find out what artists have always known--magnificent art comes from the life all around you!
Bridgmans Life Drawing
Author: George Brant Bridgman
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Describes the factors involved in sketching the human form in various positions
Since it was first published in 1964, Professor Gottfried Bammes' Die Gestalt des Menschen has been considered the definitive book for artists learning to draw the human form. Deconstructing the body into its smallest components, Bammes asserts the importance of learning the structure of bones, muscles and parts in order to accurately draw a human figure. Whilst the original German has been sought after in the English speaking world, a translation has been long lamented. Now, for the first time, Bammes' most famous work has been translated by Search Press into the English language. Faithfully reproduced in translation, with over 540 original diagrams, drawings and photographs, and spanning over 500 pages, new and experienced artists can finally drink in the vast knowledge lovingly presented by the late professor.
Author: Giovanni Civardi
Publisher: Search Press(UK)
Figure Drawing: A Complete Guide is an essential handbook for anyone particularly interested in portrait drawing, and includes in-depth studies of human anatomy by master artist Civardi. Civardi's technical advice and practical tips, accompanied by his own outstanding drawings, make this an invaluable resource for any portrait artist. A fresh collection of content from previously-published works.
Author: Giovanni Civardi
Publisher: Search PressLtd
Offers instructions on the techniques of drawing portraits, clothed figures, hands and feet, scenery, and nudes, along with a primer on the importance of light and shade.
Drawing the Living Figure
Author: Joseph Sheppard
Publisher: Courier Corporation
This innovative art instruction guide focuses upon the specifics of surface anatomy. Over 170 of Sheppard's drawings show many different live models in front, back, and side views, and in various standing, sitting, kneeling, crouching, reclining, and twisting poses. Each drawing is accompanied by two diagrams, one for bones, one for muscles.
Author: E. L. Koller
Publisher: Courier Corporation
With this invaluable reference, artists at every level can learn new methods for rendering the human figure. Illustrations and techniques cover everything from the head and facial expressions to hands in assorted positions to various action poses.
If you have always wanted to excel at drawing, then The Complete Guide to Drawing & Illustration is for you. All you need is a pencil, a bit of blank paper and the expert guidance you will find within these pages. This book is designed to systematically teach you the essentials of drawing and lays the groundwork for you to develop your own personal drawing style. • Hands-on course in drawing and illustration, suitable for beginners and improvers alike • Practical, step-by-step, easy-to-follow exercises and demonstrations • From simple object drawing, move on to tackle all aspects of our environment, people and animals • Sketching and observation, materials and theory, tips and techniques - everything you need to know to create original artworks, cartoons and illustrations • More than 1,000 illustrations
"This is an essential book for anyone learning to draw, or wishing to improve their drawing. Starting with the basics of drawing techniques, Civardi gives expert advice on drawing portraits, the clothed figure, hands and feet and scenery, finishing with a section on the importance of light and shade. Civardi's technical advice and practical tips, accompanied by his own outstanding drawings, make this an invaluable resource for any artist."--Amazon.