The Anatomy of Style: Figure Drawing Techniques

A master fantasy artist explains how to get human anatomy right, without losing sight of your creative vision.

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Our Verdict

With comprehensive notes that build up logically over the different chapters, The Anatomy of Style: Figure Drawing Techniques presents a detailed and approachable way into life drawing.

Get a glimpse of previously unreleased illustration work

Few art of anatomy books boast quite as much awe-inspiring style and originality as this one from fantasy artist and teacher Patrick J Jones.

Using annotated versions of his own artworks as an example – pencil drawings until now glimpsed only by his students – Patrick explains how to draw anatomically accurate figures.

In his book Patrick demonstrates in great detail how to age a face.

The illustrator offers practical tips on things like art supplies and, step by step, body part by body part, explains how to apply the principles of anatomy to your life drawing. He begins with short poses, progresses to the long pose, then extends those principles to creating human figures from imagination.

The first five chapters apply mainly to drawing, the sixth addresses painting, the final features timed life drawings, showcasing the techniques outlined in the book. Detailed notes deconstruct every illustration.

Life drawing is built up from short sketches to longer poses

Patrick strikes a careful balance, urging adherence to anatomically correct principles while encouraging individual artistic voices.

The Verdict

10

out of 10

The Anatomy of Style: Figure Drawing

With comprehensive notes that build up logically over the different chapters, The Anatomy of Style: Figure Drawing Techniques presents a detailed and approachable way into life drawing.