- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Henry Yan; First Edition edition (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1427610231
- ISBN-13: 978-1427610232
- Package Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Henry Yan's Figure Drawing (Techniques and Tips) Paperback – 2006
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This book is focused on various techniques and styles in drawing human figures and portraits. The book has 192 pages, each page includes one or more figure/head drawings done from live models. There are about 20 step-by-step demonstrations from detailed and traditional approaches to fast and painterly styles. Along with the step-by-step demonstrations and examples, the book is filled with detailed description of methods of using charcoal pencil, vine charcoal and compressed charcoal. The text also includes opinions, tips, ways of thinking and observing. It's a book that will benefit both beginners and advanced learners.
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I bought this book to use as a stylistic reference to refine and enrich my own figure drawings, and I am not disappointed. This book is full from cover to cover with masterful figure drawings, usually with 2 or 3 to a page, and is in itself an epic collection of eye candy. It is visually stunning and the artwork contained within it is rich, unlike so many other figure drawing books I've come across, that present you with bland imagery.
Buyers should note, this is not an anatomy lesson. No time is wasted within this book teaching you how to block out a figure. It is exactly as its title claims, techniques and tips to enhance your drawings, taught by examining the vast library of images. If you are looking to learn the basics step by step, go elsewhere. But if you already have taken a few figure drawing classes, and have a good grasp of human anatomy, this book will be a great help in improving the quality of your work.
There are some pointers here and there, and things the artist considered as he drew things, but this is primarily an art book just for looking.
It is mostly for you to just drool over how nice the artist has portrayed figures and heads in charcoal.
If you enjoy figure drawing you will probably love this book. (Again, moreso for the art than for the helpful notes)
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