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Figure Drawing: Design and Invention Perfect Paperback – August 31, 2009
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First, the book is broken down into gesture drawing and landmarks of the body. This will help you structure the skeleton and will get you familiar with where the muscle masses will go later. Most importantly, gesture drawing will help you pose the body in a dynamic and natural way. The gesture is the best way to get more interesting drawings and the breakdowns in the book are easy to follow and easy to complete.
The book moves on to the structure of the head and how to detail the features. With these three parts, the body is complete, and you will walk away knowing where to place everything. Then it details the features of the body like the arms, legs, hands, and feet. The instruction ends with understanding how fabric works on the body and how to use light and shade.
The book has colorful and detailed illustrations and examples. The book is broken down in such a way that it will be easy to come back to sections and use those sections as reference.
My only complaint is that it took me so long to add this book to my collection.
This is a pragmatic guide for the artist who wants to know what he/she is drawing, and better than most other texts. I like Bridgeman and Hogarth, but Hampton is more useful to the contemporary practitioner like using color to clarify the mysteries of the skinned human form.
My only gripe, the digitally painted diagrams are too fuzzy. He either used a soft edge brush or airbrush in Photoshop or the files were painted at too low a resolution, giving them a diffused look that isn't great. But this is a minor quip and doesn't dispel my appreciation for what is a very strong text.