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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Aardvark Global Publition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427610231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427610232
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

There are a few drawbacks to the book.
S. Jenkins
The book Henry Yan’s Figure Drawing Techniques and Tips is one of the most dynamic figure drawing books with lots of charcoals drawings to learn from.
ArtLover
This is a great book for those wanting to know the secrets to successful figure drawing, or simply want a book to witness beautiful art.
Matt Willard

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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful By S. Jenkins on October 31, 2007
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I recently purchased this book and was surprised to find that the author had the book published himself. Henry Yan is an instructor at Academy of Art University in San Fransisco. I'd love to have him as an instructor when I was a student, but alas, was in another state and another school. This would be the next best thing.

What this book is not: "How to draw Anatomy" if you're looking for a book that talks about proportion, and details of each part of anatomy, I'd suggest finding another book. However, I wouldn't dismiss this book.

Henry Yan gives you basic tips and examples as well as a time frame to when he did each piece. I find that very valuable to give people an idea how long they should record information, and what are the most important aspects in covering the figure in a short or long time frame.

Yan gives a nice little primer on shadows, and various types of figure study exercises. I have to say how he's able to capture the figure so beautifully in charcoal demonstrates how much he is a master of his craft.

There are a few drawbacks to the book. One of which is that while the book is very well produced, the binding and such, the cover is very prone to getting dirty. If you're using charcoal and looking at his book, I'd recommend gloves because I had a few prints within seconds. Perhaps make an edition with a less white cover will make it less of a problem or different paper type like gloss.

The only other problem is that I wish Yan had given a bit of time to discuss the tools he was using. While he demonstrated some beautiful strokes, a person who is new to the charcoal medium wouldn't know how to sharpen charcoal and how to keep it preserved, you'll have to find another book or look up the information as I did.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By W. Char on June 9, 2007
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I have been studying figurative art for several years and own most of the figurative books on the market. The difference between other books and Mr. Yan's book is that other books teach you how to copy the figure where as Mr. Yan's book show you how to create figurative art. The powerful drawings in this book make me think about values in a new way. If you are into figurative drawings, this book is a must have.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. A. C. Kiefer on May 19, 2007
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Henry Yan's drawings have a sense of dynamics and power that set his artwork apart. When I first saw that he had a training book on his technique for drawing I immediately went ahead and ordered a copy. It was to my surprise that Mr. Yan sends these out himself and it took barely three days to reach the Netherlands (Europe) where Amazon usually needs more than ten days.

The artwork in the book itself makes you reach out and grab your charcoal, pencil and paper and start off. His clear illustrations on various techniques will guide you to the essential techniques that he himself uses: the variations of broad andcontrasty area's with fine linework instill a magnificent power in his work.

A beautiful book, very well laid out with high quality printed examples of his drawings. Hopefully Henry Yan will repeat this great text for his painting techniques and provide us with a companion book in luscious full color paintings.

Thanks Henry for a fast service and a great inspirational resource.

Albert Kiefer
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 20, 2009
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Henry Yan is a painter and teacher at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

This book focuses on the tips and techniques in drawing human figures and portraits. All the paintings included are from his class demonstrations and workshop studies developed from many years of teaching. And all drawings are done from live models.

There are about 20 step-by-step demonstrations from quick 20-minute sketches to long poses. He shows us how he draws and teaches us what to look out for, and the various techniques to approach figure drawing -- lines, mass, shadows, etc.

He has a very cool painterly style and energy to his figures that I like. Some pieces are created like chinese paintings, not drawing in too much details to invite viewers to fill in the details (in their mind) themselves.

It's an inspiring book filled with beautiful images, recommended to anyone into figure drawings.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stopher on January 15, 2008
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If you are a fan of the works of Harley Brown, Ramon Kelly, or even Anthony Ryder you will enjoy this book. The book shows you how to approach the undertaking of life drawing. The most important aspect of the work is the life that is captured in the drawing. That which is presented is that which is important, and everything else fades into the background. If you are looking for highly detailed, everything in the picture in crisp focus, then this book might not be for you. This is more in the realm of the foundation work for a pastel or oil painting. The beauty of it is that the work can stand alone without going any further. It is somewhat impressionistic in the approach.

This book is a treasure by a true master draftsman. It is not an understatement to say that it is brilliant. Henry Yan is a ridiculously talented soul who teaches out of San Francisco. He paints, he draws. He also does one other thing (that I know of) really well; he is responsive to his customers and mails out the product extremely fast.

Thank you for a wonderful tome, Mr. Yan!!
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