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Figure Drawing Without A Model [Hardcover]

Ron Tiner
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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March 24 2008
This is a comprehensive manual of creative drawing covering everything you need to know to draw the human figure from memory and the imagination. It fires the imagination for drawing, beyond what can be posed in a studio or drawn from observation, to bring originality and style to your work. It explores anatomical structure, figure movement and character expression with practical demonstrations. Once the core elements have been mastered, it reveals how to draw for book illustration, cartoons and graphic novels. It extensively features the author's own back catalogue drawings and illustrations showing a wide range of styles and techniques.

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Ron Tiner is a self-taught artist who has worked as a freelance illustrator for over thirty years. His work has included traditional fairy tales, stories of Robin Hood and numerous books of classic literature, including the works of William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. Ron has also written extensively on art and illustration.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have... July 4 2001
Mr. Tiner really opened the world of figure drawing to me. I have purchased other figure drawing books, but this one stands head and shoulders above them all. This book is dedicated to the human figure and covers it from head-to-toe!
If someone is serious about developing the skills to be able to draw from their imagination - then purchase this book. The humans figure is a world unto its self and certainly takes practice. Tiner leads you by the hand and illustrates what he preaches.
Don't be mislead though... This book is a tool through which hours of practice and applying your newfound knowledge, will bring you to the level of mastering the human anatomy. To achieve what Tiner has illustrated, it will be a life long process.
Just flipping through the book, will inspire any illustrator or casual artist. The book is chalk full of wonderful illustrations and really guides the artist down the right path.
Others topics covered are picture composition and graphic narrative. Invaluable tips on body types, facial expressions, and bone structure. The majority of the book is centered around instructing the artist on the path to drawing the human figure from ones own memory. Tiner certainly accomplishes that!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for wannabe animators as well Nov. 6 2002
This book does not really go into "serious" figure drawing, nothing photo-realistic. And to many, that's a GOOD thing! Finally a book that tries to instil a realistic view on why figure drawing is FUN and sometimes painful. Figure drawing is like masochistic sex in a way. A significant protion of this book is devotes to the "figure in motion," which is so much more interesting that the still figure. This book makes you want to have your drawing pencil "dance" on the dreaded blank paper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tiner's book is stimulating and encouraging. March 3 1999
By A Customer
I found Tiner's book on the library shelf. I couldn't put it down. I finally decided to purchase it to cease the increasing late fees. Tiner writes to his audience in first person; I felt he was sitting there next to me personally giving me tips, encouragement, and support. His artwork pleases the eye, giving a visual to work off of. Overall, this book is one of my favorites. Pick it up, and you will know why.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Oct. 1 2000
By coup
This is the first drawing book I have. It gave me a lot information on drawing human figures in structure, proportion as well as characters. This is an inspiring book, since it gives lots of good illustrations. You will find that drawing human figures is not that difficult.
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1.0 out of 5 stars a book that teaches you nothing March 5 2003
Have you ever asked for help on learning how to draw and as an answer someone told you "draw a lot"? Well, that is what this book basically says. Even though it is a good and obvious truth that one should draw a lot in order to be good at it, it isn't going to help you learn that much. One needs tips, on anatomy, foreshortening, lighting, clothing on wrinkles, facial features etc in order to learn to draw. This book contains little if not none. The illustrations in this book are almost nonexistant. He did show a couple pictures that proves that he himself can draw, but nothing really that you can copy to memorize so you can draw yourself. As you can probably tell, I did not like this book at all. However, i might be able to give you some tips on books that might help you out. First and most important, dynamic anatomy by Burne Hogarth, head and figure by jack hamm, foreshortening by Burne hogarth, wrinkles and drapery, burne hogarth, and there are many more out there i am sure. This book never cut it, didn't give illustrations or tips, if you are uncertain though i recommend going to a library and figuring out if this book is right for you before spending money on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! A Must Have! Jan. 11 1999
By A Customer
This is a wonderful and amazing book. Any artist into figure drawing should have this book on their shelf! Helps on how to draw figures from memory. Contains wonderful sketches and illustrations by Ron Tiner.
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