A wealth of examples as a guide for the artist!
If I had this book at university with its passionate instruction, I'd have been years ahead in understanding the artistic process toward drawing the figure. Specifically, my gesture drawings would convey motion instead of being an ambiguous cloud. Acceptance of construction-lines as an artist's tool, instead of it being thought of as a cheat, would have eased the pain of so many grotesque, misshapen figures.
Of great value is the teacher showing the refined line work overlapping rough line work - yielding how artistry is messy and explorative until discovery hones in on a shape or form. Too many drawing instructionals showcase only polished finals without the initial fumbling steps - misleading early artists into an expectation that their first line is the final line.
The illustrations in this book offer so many good and delicious insights into drawing itself as well for understanding some approaches for drawing the figure. The writing is friendly too - having a feeling the author is engaging the reader first, then discussing the subject. I am thoroughly enjoying the knowledge-richness of this book.Read full review
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