The booka??s progressive course starts with the block-in, an exercise in seeing and establishing the figurea??s shape. It then build to the contour, a refined line drawing that represents the figurea??s silhouette. The last step is tonal work on the inside of the contour, when light and shadow are shaped to create the illusion of form. Separate chapters explore topics critical to the method: gesture, which expresses a sense of living energy to the figure; light, which largely determines how we see the model; and form, which conveys the figurea??s volume and mass. Examples, step-by-steps, and special a??tipsa?? offer helpful hints and practical guidance throughout.
Lavishly illustrated with the authora??s stunning artwork, The Artista??s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing combines solid instruction with thoughtful meditations on the art of drawing, to both instruct and inspire artists of all levels.