Review: Figure Drawing for Artists

Here's an accessible guide to improving your figure drawing.

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Our Verdict

It might not be especially revolutionary, but this is still a great volume if you want to hone your figure drawing skills.

For

  • Full of tips to help you improve your figure drawing
  • Plenty of inspiring examples to check out

Against

  • Doesn't quite live up to its grandiose claims

Despite some grand claims on the back-cover blurb, Figure Drawing for Artists doesn't quite offer the revolutionary approach to figure drawing that it suggests. However, it's still an authoritative and useful book with a range of expert tips, pointers and advice that will help improve your figure drawing, all written by a well-known and popular artist and instructor, Steve Huston.

Figure Drawing for Artists is a splendid introduction to drawing

The first half of the book addresses the basic elements of drawing, with chapters on structure, gesture, perspective and light. The second half offers an overview of basic forms, plus chapters on drawing the head, torso, arms, hands, legs and feet. There's also a final chapter on finishing details (light and shadows). 

At the end of each chapter, Huston reviews a master work by a classic artist, such as Michelangelo and Raphael, and explains how it relates to the lessons.

A lot of ground gets covered, but with its airy layout this book never feels cluttered or academic. This is a fine introduction to drawing, and would make a good supplement to other guides you already own.

This article originally appeared in Paint & Draw issue 5; buy it here!

The Verdict

8

out of 10

Review: Figure Drawing for Artists

It might not be especially revolutionary, but this is still a great volume if you want to hone your figure drawing skills.