The human figure, with its myriad curves and contours, can be challenging for anyone to draw. In this invaluable reference, well-known art instructor and author E. L. Koller simplifies the process, making it easy for artists to learn new methods of rendering the figure—in action and repose—with accuracy and style.
Using figure-drawing exercises, numerous photos, and illustrations, Koller reduces the task at hand into manageable steps for intermediate and advanced artists. Beginning with drawing basics, this step-by-step guide explores the structure of the human figure and the comparative proportions of child and adult figures, showing how to depict individual parts of the head and body, facial expressions, and gestures. It also shows the merits of sketching from memory; drawing from casts, photographs, and living models; and sketching both undraped and costumed figures. Once the still figure is mastered, the artist can explore the more challenging action poses, including walking, running, and catching. Filled with guidance and insight on the human form, Life Drawing is an essential addition to every artist’s reference shelf.
One hugely important aspect of an artist’s skill is a facility with various techniques, with which to express his or her individual style. Being fluent in a range of techniques gives the artist a richer creative vocabulary. This book will help artists to expand their understanding of available media.
You just can’t find the right book or tutorial to teach you how to get started. Some books skip steps while others just have the pictures with no instructions at all. Online tutorials can be frustrating, especially the video tutorials. Nothing seems to explain it where you can follow it at your own pace without leaving steps out.
This book was written with you, the beginner, in mind. From the tools your will need to get started to shading and basic techniques, this book has been made for you. I will walk you step-by-step through each lesson and even offer extra practice for you to cut your teeth on. No question will be left unanswered as you go from page to page following the steps. You will be drawing in no time!
What You will learn:
– Everyday things
– Home and Office
– The Human Bodies
Whether your character is jumping for joy or grappling with an opponent, this book provides all the essential techniques to draw more lifelike action figures in the classic Japanese manga style.
The comprehensive introduction first shows the reader the physical anatomy of male vs. female figures and gives important tips on proportions, perspective and small but often-overlooked details such as the relative differences between male and female hands, fingers and feet.
Five subsequent chapters cover over 40 action poses in the following categories:
Chapter 1: Action (e.g. running and jumping)
Chapter 2: Martial Arts (e.g. punching and kicking)
Chapter 3: Interacting (e.g. judo holds and high fives)
Chapter 4: Weapons (e.g. swords and knives)
Chapter 5: Reacting (e.g. dodging a punch or taking a punch)