Book Review: Freehand Figure Drawing For Illustrators

Freehand Drawing is simultaneously the most difficult form of drawing and the most liberating. Using this technique to draw figures allows an artist to use their skill and imagination without the need of a picture or a model. This provides flexibility when working from different angles and poses without a reference.

Freehand Figure Drawing For Illustrators: Mastering the Art of Drawing from Memory by comic book artist David H. Ross is an excellent new resource on the topic and a book that everyone from art students to professional artists will want to examine.

The book starts with a primer on foreshortening to help artists get an appreciation of thinking in 3D. While basic, this is also essential and something that needs to be established before attempting freehand figure drawing.

The rest of the book deals with just about every aspect of the Glass Mannequin imaginable. Positions and situations ranging from a basic figure standing to figures walking while carrying weight. Crouching, squatting, reclining, you name it.

In addition to poses, Freehand Figure Drawing spends a lot of time focusing on details…event the smallest details. Hairlines, hands and feet, anatomy, even the armpit.

While I am not convinced that this book will help improve my art, it does provide some great tips and useful ideas that I am anxious to try out.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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