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Figure Drawing: Design and Invention Perfect Paperback – August 31, 2009
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The many illustrated examples are aimed at helping students develop a feel for the form and volume of figures they draw. To that aspect, I think it does a very good job.
The use of simple geometric shapes as drawing guides are simple to understand. Not only that, Michael Hampton also builds onto to those simplified mannequins with lots of clearly illustrated muscles. The muscle groups are visualised very distinctly in the examples. They are colour-coded to bring attention those that affect form when the body is in different positions.
I like the part on finding landmarks -- bones that are near the skin. Colour-coded and shown very clearly, with rotating views from front to back.
The book does have head drawing but the focus is on the form rather than the details of the features, although the examples do show the details. It still covers enough for for anyone to draw a decent head.
One thing that's missing is the mention of figure proportions, like how many heads tall a body, length of an arm, etc. That I think will complete the book. There's nothing on bones and you won't learn how muscle works, but this isn't an anatomy reference book. That said, having an anatomy reference book to go along will be extremely helpful.
This is a useful book for artists learning to create and pose their own figures. Highly recommend for beginner and intermediate artists.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
And then you start working through the book. This book starts off very promisingly. Excellent explanations on how to sketch the gesture and how to render the masses. Great anatomy of the trunk and of the shoulder girdle.
But then you reach the sections on the limbs, hands and feet. And the book mysteriously collapses. Yes, there's much detail but not nearly enough to work through the sections and become able to draw the arms, legs, hands and feet. Muscles are named but not labelled on diagrams. The arm muscle diagram on page 137 is a travesty. Labels separated from the diagram. Muscles are diagrammed without being labelled.
The author says on page 86, "This chapter is not meant to act as a reference manual for anatomy..." But sadly no references to other anatomy books are forthcoming.
The section on the foot appears to be an (uncredited) derivative of Burne Hogarth's Dynamic Anatomy: Revised and Expanded Edition
It's as if the author ran out of time midway through the book and hurriedly finished it with whatever materials were at hand.
The first part of the book is _great_, though, highly recommended. I hope the second edition will include a rewrite and expansion of the second half so that it will actually be useful. In the meantime, you could use Burne Hogarth's ...Read more ›
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