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Your hands-on guide to drawing the human figure and bringing it to life
Want to draw the human body? This step-by-step guide gives you clear instructions and examples coupled with expert tips that show you how to draw the body in a variety of poses. Whether you're a professional illustrator, an art student, or a hobbyist, you'll find the techniques you need to capture the human form.
Get a grip on the basics drawing exercises show you how to work with lines, curves, shapes, light, shadows, and blending
Off to a head start draw the components of the head, facial features, muscle structure, and hairstyles
Build the body examine bone structure and shape, create stick figures, depict muscles, and draw the body in motion
Strike dynamic and casual poses from running, jumping, and climbing to sitting, stretching, and more
Accessorize your figures draw textures, patterns, and folds, and add basic clothing and shoes
Open the book and find:
The drawing supplies you need
How to set up your studio
The differences between drawing adults and children
Step-by-step illustrations and examples
Tips for forming facial expressions
Advanced drawing techniques, including shading
How to work with composition and perspective
Advice on fixing mistakes
Places to present and archive your work
Figure Drawing For Dummies appeals to both new art students and veteran artists who find it difficult to proportionally draw the human form. The illustrations and examples in Figure Drawing For Dummies are designed to help readers capture this elusive figure.
About the Author
Kensuke Okabayashi is an award-winning professional artist. His work can be seen in everything from comic books to graphic novels to advertising storyboards. Okabayashi has taught illustration courses at Mercer College of New Jersey.
Table of Contents
Part I: Figure Drawing 101.
Chapter 1: Welcome to the Joys of Figure Drawing.
Chapter 2: Gathering the Goods for Figure Drawing.
Chapter 3: Starting with Figure-Drawing Basics.
Part II: Off to a Head Start.
Chapter 4: Getting Inside the Head.
Chapter 5: Adding Facial Features.
Chapter 6: Going to the Top with Hair.
Chapter 7: Presenting Emotions in Facial Features.
Part III: Building the Body.
Chapter 8: Examining Figure Proportions and Bone Structure.
Chapter 9: Starting Simple with Stick Figures and Mannequins.
Chapter 10: Pumping Up Those Muscles.
Chapter 11: Drawing Figures in Motion.
Part IV: Sharpening Your Figure-Drawing Skills.
Chapter 12: Accessorizing Your Figures.
Chapter 13: Taking Your Work to the Next Level with Advanced Drawing Techniques.
Chapter 14: Working with Composition and Perspective.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 15: Ten Places to Study and Draw the Figure.
Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Organize, Store, and Present Your Work.