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Figure Drawing For Dummies [Paperback]

Kensuke Okabayashi
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Book Description

Jan. 9 2009 For Dummies
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.

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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

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.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not that good Dec 1 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Length: 0:32 Mins
There are four parts to this book. The first part isn't really on figure drawing and introduces the basics of drawing and the stuff you need. As a Dummies series book, this one really assumes the reader has absolutely no knowledge on drawing.

The second and third part are on drawing the head and body. The last part is about other related stuff like clothing, composition, perspective, etc.

This book has a lot of text compared to other figure drawing books. The instructions are easy enough to follow. However, the illustrated examples aren't as nice as other figure drawing books.

I can't believe I'll see the missing-forehead problem in a figure drawing book but it's there on some of the heads. Maybe the author is going for a stylised look? I don't know. The other problem of this book is the lack of examples of posing figures other that the ones in front, side and back views. It's might be a bit difficult to visualise the form and volume of the body, muscles and how they are affected when the body is in different position.

This book might be very affordable, but there are other better ones.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the casual artist with no time for classes Jan. 12 2009
By Janine M. Ptaszek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was very surprised by how easy this book was to read; it's organized well, and clearly written. I think this is a great manual to have on hand for the casual doodler, like myself. I don't necessarily have time for classes, and it's nice to know I can figure out some of these techniques by myself, with the help of a book. I've learned a lot from just flipping through it.

The drawings are fun! Ken is really amazing.

Check it out!
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not that good Dec 1 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
There are four parts to this book. The first part isn't really on figure drawing and introduces the basics of drawing and the stuff you need. As a Dummies series book, this one really assumes the reader has absolutely no knowledge on drawing.

The second and third part are on drawing the head and body. The last part is about other related stuff like clothing, composition, perspective, etc.

This book has a lot of text compared to other figure drawing books. The instructions are easy enough to follow. However, the illustrated examples aren't as nice as other figure drawing books.

I can't believe I'll see the missing-forehead problem in a figure drawing book but it's there on some of the heads. Maybe the author is going for a stylised look? I don't know. The other problem of this book is the lack of examples of posing figures other that the ones in front, side and back views. It's might be a bit difficult to visualise the form and volume of the body, muscles and how they are affected when the body is in different position.

This book might be very affordable, but there are other better ones.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars more on the useless, than the useful Oct. 16 2010
By star1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
How typical. The art community, as inefficient as expected. A whole chapter on drawing materials - in detail! So overkill. Who cares about prices, sheesh, who's unable to search prices on line for art material prices themselves? Two or three pages would've sufficed, or just a table with websites to look them up on yourself. The anatomy parts, like the one on the human skeleton are woefully short. Many more pages have gone into explain in small detail how you shouldn't get too used to one brand of pencils. Because the company that makes them could go out of business, and then you might need to find pencils of a different company! Who would've thought! That's going to make you the next rembrandt to know!

And much text on lamps, setting up a studio. For pete's sake. That's information that isn't relevant until down the way. People buy the book because they want to learn to draw, not because they're dying for info on what kind of drawing pads there are, and which one to get (almost anything will do in the beginning anyway).
The skeleton is shown from 3 angles, and the 3/4th view is only talked about. Much is just talked about through text. Some chapters are better than others though, but still lack in detail - just not as much as some of the others. For instance, the part on rendering the figure by putting together simpler shapes is far, far, shorter than that on how drawing pads can be expensive, and how it's bad to use a flat desk! Or how pencils are relatively cheap, duh. What's explained by author is that it's not recommended to use square shapes, but instead use angular shapes to represent the body parts. But no details or recommendations on which shapes to use for the what body part, not even which the author favors, and why. How is a beginner supposed to know? Ok, don't use squares, use angular shapes, but for what, what muscles? Apparently, most of that energy and page estate went into details on what rubbers, pens, lamps, ergonomic chairs, desks etc to use! A fat chapter on that alone. Whereas, just a few pages on each anatomy topic.

Also, some things are explained in text, that pretty much demand complementing pictures. Like a list of technical skeleton bone names, and text descriptions on where they're located on the body, and where they join with other body parts, without picture references!

Example (not saying this is accurate) "The femur holds up the body and is slightly angled, and then connects with the ulna". But where's the picture reference? Nowhere, what a joke. Drawing is a visual subject.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 15 2014
By Dale Frazier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book, easy to follow, easy to understand! May 20 2014
By Chattie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Before I bought this book, I didn't even know that I could draw! But it has helped me to much! Easy to understand without confusing the reader! I love drawing a whole lot more!
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