Drawing People for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Figure Drawing

Authors: Willenbrink, Mark & Willenbrink, Mary
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: ART027000, ART010000, ART050010
ISBN: 9781440330216, Related ISBNs: 1440330166, 1440330212, 9781440330162, 9781440330216
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 128,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Yes, you can!

Known for their friendly, focused, you-can-do-it approach to teaching art, Mark and Mary Willenbrink show beginning artists how to draw people in a realistic style. Inside you'll find everything you need to succeed, from how to select and hold your pencils to expert instruction on drawing hands, clothing and figures in motion. This book steers you clear of common mistakes and brings clarity to even notoriously tricky concepts like perspective and values.

While the human subject is wonderfully diverse, this book teaches an easy-to-learn approach that can be used to achieve accurate drawings every time. Thirteen complete figure drawing demonstrations show how. Start with a few lines to establish basic proportions, sketch in placement lines, then gradually develop details. Before you know it, you'll be drawing people of all ages, body types and personalities!

This book makes it easy to get started. The quality of your results will encourage you to keep at it, building your skills and your confidence with every stroke.

What's Inside:

   • Tricks for ensuring accurate body proportions and feature placement in your drawings.
   • Expert advice on drawing heads, hands, legs, clothes and more.
   • 13 step-by-step demonstrations featuring a diversity of model types, lighting and poses.
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