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Figure Drawing: Design and Invention Perfect Paperback – August 31, 2009
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Long story short, I eventually realized that even though I could copy what I saw, I had no understanding of how the human body really functioned, or how to draw, correctly, what I envisioned in my mind.
That's where this book comes into play for me. This book gives me greater understanding from the ground, up. It teaches you drawing anatomy, through its simplest form.
However, it does ( and I did read a review about this very issue, before purchasing ) fall apart midway through. Very little instruction from middle to end, but still helpful. I would recommend finding other books to compliment this one. The more you have the more you'll understand and you'll also scrape together other techniques from the artists of the other books. For me, that's a win, win.
I hate writing reviews and I hope this was helpful for you.
But for those starting at ground zero, this book will fill you in very far. Just know that difficult things like the hands, feet, and head will always take more practice than the other parts of the body. Just because the book offers the same level of explanation throughout, does not mean you should be allocating the same amount of time to studying everything!
Basically it teaches you a system of drawing simplified shapes of all of the skeleton and muscles so you can apply it to drawing a figure from
any angle, including the facial structure. I'm not sure if it's original content or compiled from other techniques but I haven't seen anything exactly like this before. This is really a great book and "SYSTEM." It's an invaluable asset that you can move through pretty quickly with very simple concepts.
This book was release a few years after I had taken a course with him and was excited to get this book right away. It cover exactly everything he went over in the classes, but now I have the ability to look back as his examples any time now.
I have taken several more life drawing classes after Hampton's at another university and the professors there were intrigued by the techniques I was using and how quickly I was able to layout the form. I've recommended this book to several colleagues and friends and they have been very happy with their purchase.
Hampton does a great job showing you how to lay down the structure and movement of figures.