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Figure Drawing Without A Model [Hardcover]

Ron Tiner
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title April 5 2009
This book is an example of the old saying, "never judge a book by its cover."

The title of the book is completely misleading. There is nothing in FIGURE DRAWING WITHOUT A MODEL that has not been said in the countless other "how to" drawing books that line the store and library shelves. Basically, we are told that in order to learn to draw the figure without a model, we must first draw from life. In other words, we should carry around a sketch book and draw anyone and everyone we see in a variety of poses until they have been committed to memory. Duh!

Even How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way offers more information on the subject of figure drawing than this book does. There are far better books on the subject of drawing the human figure. I would personally recommend Jack Hamm, Burne Hogarth and/or George Bridgeman. They are all very different in their approaches, but there is much to be learned by all of them.

Ron Tiner's illustrations are nice, but they simply do not teach you anything.
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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 An excellent book April 26 2010
"Figure Drawing Without A Model" (Hardcover) By RON TINER

This is very good figure drawing instruction.

The book has a spiral binding, which is a novelty, but the wired connection allows the book to sit flat on a table, or drape over a knee, and remain precisely on the page you need to study.

The author's strong suit is the abundance of illustrations, which include the different kinds of Figure Puppets. There are the stick figures, those made with Ovals, and those made Cylinders, and those made with Rectangles and so on, so that the student can explore the different styles of representing the figure in motion.

I expecially like the author's GESTURE illustrations, and the many figures showing animation of all kinds. The author also offers an abundance of illustrations for Hands & Arms, Legs & Feet, Head and Torso etc. However, it was a surprise to see that not only are there illustrations for rough sketches, the author also provides some illustrations for detailed human anatamy in terms of bone and muscle structue.

At the end, the author adds materal about illustrations in Graphic Narrative, which means to tell a story as would be found in a "comic".

Originally priced at $19.99, the book is worth it for the special binding. However, Amazon reduces the price to $14.99, which makes FIGURE DRAWING WITHOUT A MODEL a very good buy.

Author Ron Tiner is very recommendable and the unique format with the spiral binding is a big plus for students.

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1.0 out of 5 stars No worthwhile drawing techniques taught Oct. 12 2009
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I'm disappointed by this book. For a figure drawing book, it sure doesn't teach much about drawing the figure.

Yes, it touches on the essential topics like anatomical structure, proportion and movement. But it really just mentions the bare minimum, and not really in a helpful manner.

In the section of hand drawing, it explains briefly what the hand is made of and gives a tip on drawing your own hands. It ends with what I think is suppose to be the technique:

"Think of the palm as a flat square shape with a curved outer edge from which the four fingers radiate; to the basic shape is added, on one side, a fleshly and very flexible wedge shape in which the thumb is rooted."

That's all there is to drawing hands. No mention of the size of the hand, relative proportion of the fingers and other stuff. There are multiple illustrations but none really helpful -- just like looking at one's own hands.

Most important about figure drawing is about posing the figure. Simplified skeletons and blocks are used to help with posing. In the fleshing out part, muscles are drawn onto the stick figures. But it's really hard relate how the muscles are drawn especially when examples of muscles and form are few and only briefly explained.

Other sections suffer the same problem. It talks much about drawing but doesn't teach much about the actual process of drawing. Some of the tips are high on the abstraction ladder and needs to be expanded into with impossible-to-not-understand examples. The general advice is "Practice, practice, practice." Anyone can give that advice.

The book does include additional topics like expressions, perspective, composition, graphic narrative. But those topics aren't core to figure drawing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for wannabe animators as well
This book does not really go into "serious" figure drawing, nothing photo-realistic. And to many, that's a GOOD thing! Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2002 by Kimotion
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have...
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. Read more
Published on July 4 2001 by Lonewalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2000 by coup
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
If you like to draw, sketch, doodle figures, get this book! You will learn something from it!
Published on July 17 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The best drawing book I found so far!
This is the best book of its kind ever published in this country ( as far as I noticed)! Oh well, I keep searching for 6 years already
Published on April 10 2000 by Minsk94
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiner's book is stimulating and encouraging.
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. Read more
Published on March 4 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! A Must Have!
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 1999
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