Figure Drawing: Design and Invention

Figure Drawing Design and Invention Figure Drawing Design and Invention is an instructional figure drawing book geared towards the novice and experienced artist alike This book emphasizes a simplified understanding of surface anatomy i

  • Title: Figure Drawing: Design and Invention
  • Author: Michael Hampton
  • ISBN: 9780615272818
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Perfect Paperback
  • Figure Drawing Design and Invention is an instructional figure drawing book geared towards the novice and experienced artist alike This book emphasizes a simplified understanding of surface anatomy, in order to clarify the mechanics of the figure, facilitate invention, and ultimately create a skill set that can be successfully applied to other media In addition, this boFigure Drawing Design and Invention is an instructional figure drawing book geared towards the novice and experienced artist alike This book emphasizes a simplified understanding of surface anatomy, in order to clarify the mechanics of the figure, facilitate invention, and ultimately create a skill set that can be successfully applied to other media In addition, this book focuses very strongly on practical usage, making sure the artist is able to assimilate the steps presented here into a cohesive working process Fourth printing, September 2011

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    1. Drawing has been a lifelong interest of mine, but until recently, I was barely able to draw much more than a stick figure. Around a year ago, I decided to seriously devote efort to learning to draw. It's a great skill to have, requires little in the way of materials and can be fun. SInce that decision, I've purchased and used about 10 books to drawing, mostly figure drawing. this was the last book on the subject I purchased, and, I am convinced, the last one I need. Hampton lays out what you nee [...]

    2. (More pictures at parkablogs)The approach covered is primarily concerned with the use of line, development of form, and the simplified design of anatomy. It doesn't go into contour drawing, shading and expression.The many illustrated examples are aimed at helping students develop a feel for the form and volume of figures they draw. To that aspect, I think it does a very good job.The use of simple geometric shapes as drawing guides are simple to understand. Not only that, Michael Hampton also bui [...]

    3. This is the best drawing book in my collection so far. It mainly focuses on anatomy drawing fundamentals, varying from the use of lines to anatomy in general. Almost everything beginners need to know about drawing anatomy is covered here, in an efficient and well-organized way.This book is very friendly and accessible for beginners who are willing to learn about anatomy. Unlike other anatomy art books that might confuse beginners by directly showing references to the real human body, the author [...]

    4. The beauty of this book is that it gives you a foundation for drawing that can be applied to any artistic path. I'd say it's just as useful for a storyboard artist as it would be for a product designer. It's an all around solid lesson in draftsmanship and working through it plugged a lot of my weak spots in that department.I also loved the practical approach to anatomy that simplified everything to the core shapes you need as an artist. Teaches you the 20% you need to know to get 90% of things d [...]

    5. One of the very best books on anatomy I've ever stumbled upon. Wonderful for understanding the structure of the body, though maybe not as good as Burne Hogarth's when it comes to gesture and pose.

    6. Read it at a slow pace while working on my art.The most amazing approach to anatomy I've seen! Learn so much from it, highly recommend it to anyone who's starting to draw or even already neck deep in the art world. You can never have too much anatomy knowledge.

    7. I found this to be an excellent guide to drawing the human figure, with practical exercises and good anatomy references this is one of the best books I've read on figure drawing, and it has helped my drawing immensely.

    8. Would highly recommend, the techniques they teach are overall very helpful and useful for me. I learned a lot from this book, it covers basically everything from construction, portraits, bodies to feet. This is helpful for beginners I think, and the explanations are easy to understand.

    9. Quite good, as long as you can think for yourself. Watch the video lessons too, there are 8 of them. This book is for intermediate artists who can at least draw from life and have a basic understanding of perspective and form. Do not attempt to read this if you're completely new to art.

    10. Michael Hampton's book on figure drawing is a must read and an amazing reference book. It is a fantastic book for artists who are looking to become more than novices, and who want to be able to create drawing poses using only their knowledge of anatomy. While it is a little bit confusing (I would recommend Chris Hart's books for absolute novices) it gives a great deal of information without being a medical textbook, and without being dull. It gives artists (like me) who have difficult finding pr [...]

    11. This is my favorite book on the construction of the human body. It teaches anatomy without being overwhelmingly complex like many anatomy books are. Bones and muscle groups are broken down into comprehensive shapes. Clear, color-coded demonstrations are labeled and often accompanied by written explanations.  It also touches on important things like weight, rhythm, and more. I owe much of my knowledge and drawing technique to what I learned from this wonderful book and recommend it to [...]

    12. I have a nice collection of drawing books, but "Figure Drawing: Design and Invention" rates among the best. Hampton develops new material at a nice pace and explains the importance of each step. It is clear how prior steps affect the overall process of drawing a human figure. The book starts from establishing a gesture and proceeds to continue building up the figure by adding volume and adding muscles.

    13. Very useful book on the analytic constructive anatomy approach to drawing the human body (or anything). Good hand-drawn illustrations. Simplified ways to construct and design the figure, either from a model or imagination.

    14. I'm so impressed with this book. It provides a clear progression from gesture to detailed anatomy for people with a beginner to intermediate level of figure drawing skill.I particularly like how Michael Hampton purposefully makes his figures blocky or round to emphasize form.

    15. An excellent and thorough introduction to figure drawing that I feel augmented my abilities with a greater understanding of the overall process of developing the figure.

    16. Great reference to understand forms, skeleton and muscles in a simplified design and has great tips to improve life drawing, capturing the gesture of the figure.

    17. A great book on the structure of drawing the human figure. I carry it with me in my backpack wherever i go

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