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How to Draw the Human Figure (Famous Artists School: Step-By-Step Method) Paperback – September 15, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Cortina (September 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805015280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805015287
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Famous Artists School
How to Draw the Human Figure

This book introduces you to an exciting approach to figure drawing. It was especially created by a group of America's most eminent artists who have demonstrated the methods they have used in their distinguished careers.

You, too, will find that figure drawing is one of the areas of art that can bring you much fun and excitement. Not only will you gain rich satisfaction from drawing or painting, but you'll discover that people admire creative talent-- and you'll experience the pride of achievement that comes from developing a valuable skill that most others lack.

Also, if you have sufficient desire and dedication, your talent in drawing could even lead you into an exciting and challenging career as a professional artist. But, whether or not you have the ambition to be a professional, you'll find that art will be a wonderfully satisfying pursuit.

In this book you'll find fresh approaches to the following features:

* THE HUMAN FORM
* DRAWING MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES
* MODELS-- WHERE TO FIND THEM
* GESTURE DRAWING
* DRAWING-- STEP-BY-STEP
* THE BASIC FORM FIGURE
* ARTISTIC ANATOMY
* LIGHTING THE FIGURE
* THE FIGURE IN MOTION

And don't forget-- as a buyer of this book you are entitled to receive a FREE ART LESSON from a professional artist/instructor of the Famous Artists School.

Special FREE offer to the buyer of this book!

Here's a special opportunity for you ... because you love to draw.

Famous Artists School, the foremost institution of home study instruction in art would like you to receive a free art lesson from one of our professional artist-instructors. Therefore, you have this unusual opportunity.

This is your chance to actually experience the helpful suggestions and advice of a professional instructor-- right in your own home! Famous Artists School is making this offer to demonstrate to those who are interested in drawing and painting how easy and pleasant it is to learn with the time-tested successful method the School has developed. Just complete the Lesson Project inside and mail it to Famous Schools. One of our professional instructors will personally evaluate your drawing and return it to you with helpful suggestions. This special offer is absolutely free, and there is no obligation. Explore your hidden talents-- don't miss this special opportunity.

See inside for your exciting free offer!

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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Bain on April 27, 2004
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When I review DRAWING books, the first question I ask is, "Is this for BEGINNERS?" Because I feel an obligation to the book buyer to provide good information, and also to prevent a beginning student from being discouraged, and feeling that they are defective, or ....just cannot get it.

It does not seem to occur to the buyer that many authors just cannot teach. Instinct seems to suggest that that if book gets published, it must contain credible instruction by someone who knows how to teach, and everyone seems to desire to cash in on the Big Bucks market of HOW-TO-DRAW. It may seem surprising that this is just not so. Perhaps as many as half of all drawing books are not very good for beginners. I know. I've gotten familiar with most of the books on the market, and I know what I'm looking for in good instruction.

I've purchased over 25 drawing books, and own the most popular titles of the HOW-TO-DRAW genre. I rate Famous Artists School's "How To Draw The Human Figure" as one of the top 5 books on figure drawing. At this price it's a bargain anyway. Using the classical method of representing the body as cylinders in basic outline, this book covers not just static models, but representation of the human figure in dynamic motion. I consider this a "must have" book that cuts through all nonsense with no wasted pages.

Why do I consider this book so successful, at only 98 pages, when I call other books of the same size or 20 pages larger a failure as a drawing book? Famous Artist's school focuses only on basic figure drawing, whereas most other drawing books move on to cover other material such as composition, perspective, color etc., which shortchanges the buyer on Basic Figure Drawing. By keeping focus, this book is very useful to any beginner. At this price, it's a bargain also!
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By "jambi" on November 21, 2000
With easy, steb by step method, this book guide you through fascinating skills of drawing a human figure. It also contains basic anatomy, proportions... This book realy offers more value for your money.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By virginiia woolf on February 21, 2008
I found this book to give me all I was looking for, how to draw gesture drawing,anatomical proportions,figure, and it gives you practice pages to draw on and then comparison pages to go back to so you can see your errors and correct them. this is a self teaching book that works
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John B. Lankford on January 6, 2010
This book is a great "how-to" book because it actually teaches. As one reviewer said...some people who write "how to" books can't teach . FAS has a long history of actually teaching art and this book is just a sample of the material from that school...which is STILL IN BUSINESS ( in this book is a FREE art lesson you can send in and get evaluated by an instructor ). Get all of these in the series and you won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Polillo on February 6, 2010
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I have always been interested in the human figure. Getting the proportions right while exhibiting action is difficult. This workbook is a excellent source to help accomplish this goal. Rikk
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 19, 2011
I'm taking a beginning drawing art class at my college this semester. I have learned a few new things in class but nothing this informative. I still had so many things to learn and I searched everywhere for the answers and I found the answer in this book out of the many in my college's library. I finally understand how to break down a human form and draw it as accurately as I possibly can. Now I feel comfortable developing my new talent instead of timidly pursuing my class work.
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