COIL-BOUND VERSION. Everything you need to know to draw the human figure in all its liveliness and diversity, illustrated in full color. Chapters: Introduction: Cultivating Your Drawing Skills // Drawing the body (comparative face and body anatomy for men and women, muscle diagrams, hands and feet, notes on balance and foreshortening) // Emotions and facial expressions (a study of a sample of 60 expressions with additional notes on posture, etc) // Flexibility (understand how and where the body bends) // Aging the face and body, detailed for men and women // Catalog of human features (eye/hair/skin color, nose/eyebrow/eye/breast shapes, body types) // Guide to human types (detailed anatomic and facial characteristics of over 50 ethnotypes, from Ainu to Zulu, with notes on mixed types – the only such guide in existence). FOR EBOOK SEE http://bit.ly/dwgpple
Most books on drawing the human body are dull, stuffy, and dated. Just search "drawing people" on Amazon.com to see myriad examples of books that are all essentially the same, utilizing drab, gray, painfully over-rendered pencil sketches that, quite frankly, fail to simplify the complex task of representing a person through illustration. Joumana Medlej's "Drawing People," on the other hand, breathes rejuvenating life into the "How to Draw" genre. Her simplified diagrams of the human form are clean, modern, and easy to interpret, which makes them that much easier to ingest and apply to one's own work. This is not to imply that her book lacks detail; quite the opposite! The level of research, figure study, and thought put into this 99-page instructional book is staggering. It goes far beyond the typical rehash of the "one size fits all" body and facial proportions that most books and tutorials promote. You will see topics such as flexibility,... More > facial expressions, aging, and even the anatomical differences between the world's many ethnic types (a bold chapter that has stirred mild online controversy among those ignorant enough to mistake the illustrator for an ethnographer) covered with more depth and contemplation than you will find in any other illustration manual. Medlej has done a great service for the artistic community by publishing this refreshing labor of love. Regarding the coil-bound edition I ordered from Lulu.com, the print quality is excellent; all text and illustrations are crisp and vibrant. The coil binding allows you to lay the open book perfectly flat for convenient desktop reference, and I had no problems with the pages "bunching up" at the binding, as some coil-bound books do. A pricey book, but worth the investment.< Less
This book is an excellent guide for all artists, regardless of how experienced you may or may not be. Many 'how-to' art books has a lot of 'technical mumbo-jumbo', but the authoress leaves no room for doubt with her clear explanations, carefully guiding you throughout. I could use fancy words to describe it, but it's enough to say that it's a treasure trove's worth of information, neatly packed into 99 pages. A glance at the other reviews proves it. Well worth the money, and I'd recommend it to all.
This is an excellent book, and precisely what I wanted at the time: namely a solid reference that puts a lot of very different drawing tips together in one place: something that you can use as a sort of checklist for anatomy. The art is clear and simple, showing one concept at a time, and does a lot to demystify the art of drawing people. It's a great reference, and well worth the money. Joumana clearly worked very hard to bring us this useful book, and she deserves your support.
I first came across the online tutorial version of this book and quickly realized its value. Wishing to always have them readily on hand, I purchased the printed copy. The illustrations provide insight on many things that are often overlooked, small things that nevertheless are very important to maintaining the appearance of realism, and the guides on expressions, aging, and ethnic types are amazing. "Drawing People" is an excellent reference for beginning and experienced artists alike.
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