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Figure Drawing with Virtual Models: Getting the Most Out of Poser Artist Paperback – November 17, 2006
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I am a creative person at heart and love developing great interactive experiences. I started working in video games in 1987 after a short career as an animator and portrait artist. I found the industry fascinating and fell in love with creating art on a computer. Over the years, I've founded 2 development companies and have worked on more than 150 published game titles including StarCraft Brood Wars, Tiger Woods Golf, Guitar Hero Mobile, Super Star Wars, NCAA Basketball, Rainbow Six, Top Gear Rally II, Abe's Oddworld Adventures, Dance Sensation, James Bond 007, The Bible Game, Family Village and many many more.
I am an avid reader and tend to always have a book with me at any time. Now days my books are all on my cell phone.
Top Customer Reviews
On the surface, it's a figure drawing manual. Except it says you shouldn't look at the human figure to do it. Instead it promotes drawing from the poorly constructed, imprecise, anatomically incorrect and badly articulated 3D models.
Anyone who knows a scrap of visual anatomy will be able to see that Poser models, simply, are not a good representation of the human figure. They bend in wrong places, they do not have muscle tone, their "muscles" are an artificially sculpted pattern that distorts in grotesque ways whenever the figure deviates from the pose it had been sculpted in. I discourage you from using Poser and so I discourage you from using this book.
As for why this book even exists, I think the answer can be found practically undisguised in the foreword. This book, apparently, is written by people who believe that human body is a sinful thing and looking at it should be avoided. So they promote Poser instead.
This is wrong on so many levels from the artistic point of view, that I don't even want to delve into it. Artists had sought beauty and harmony in the human form for thousands of years. No amount of misplaced modesty from the authors of this tome should discourage them from continuing to do that.
But, the book, as a guide for learning to draw people, is not badly written. I found this book to be very helpful (especially helpful with proportion)