Thursday 18 July 2019

Book Review: Figure Drawing for Artists by Steve Huston (Non-Fiction/Art)

Title: Figure Drawing for Artists
Author: Steve Huston 
Publisher: Rockport 
Publication Date: 2016


Though there are many books on drawing the human figure, none teach how to draw a figure from the first few marks of the quick sketch to the last virtuosic stroke of the finished masterpiece, let alone through a convincing, easy-to-understand method.

That changes now!

In Figure Drawing for Artists: Making Every Mark Count, award-winning fine artist Steve Huston shows beginners and pros alike the two foundational concepts behind the greatest masterpieces in art and how to use them as the basis for their own success.

Embark on a drawing journey and discover how these twin pillars of support are behind everything from the Venus De Milo, to Michelangelo's Sibyl, to George Bellow's Stag at Sharkey's, and how they're the fundamental tools for animation studios around the world. Not to mention how the best comic book artists since the beginnings of the art form use them whether they know it or not.

Figure Drawing for Artists: Making Every Mark Count sketches out the same two-step method taught to the artists of DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, and Disney Animation, so pick up a pencil and get drawing.

Figure Drawing for Artists is a comprehensive work. It covers all the major areas of the body and how to approach them, often referencing famous works and artists as examples. Certain aspects of Huston's approach feel a little clunky to me, but overall there were many great tips and tricks to take away and this book is a solid text for both newcomers and more experienced artists still looking to improve their figure drawing.

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