Figure Drawing Without A Model Hardcover – Mar 24 2008
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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.
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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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.Read more ›
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!
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on March 5 2003 by maureen moriarty
This book does not really go into "serious" figure drawing, nothing photo-realistic. And to many, that's a GOOD thing! Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2002 by JSK
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 morePublished on Oct. 1 2000 by coup
If you like to draw, sketch, doodle figures, get this book! You will learn something from it!Published on July 17 2000
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 alreadyPublished on April 10 2000 by Minsk94
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 morePublished on March 3 1999