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Character Costume Figure Drawing, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Character Costume Figure Drawing will develop your drawing skills to improve your renderings. Not only is this book gorgeous and inspirational, but these comprehensive visual images carefully illustrate--step-by-step--how to successfully render dynamic characters with personality and life. This book presents drawing instruction with detailed breakdowns of various types of characters. Maternal? Elderly? Sassy? Sexy? It all startws with body proportion, bone structure, body masses, facial expressions, and the hands and feet. Hats, props, fabrics, and choice of medium are all thoroughly covered to ensure the ability to develop convincing lifelike characters.

* Includes unique three-step drawing guides that develop the sketch from stick figure to full-blown character
* Detailed examples of how to draw faces, hands, and feet
* Learn to draw realistic fabrics in a multitued of colors and textures
* NEW: Learn to draw your character based on the time period they are from
* NEW: Learn to draw children and music/dance characters

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Full Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Introduction
    1. What Makes a Good Theatrical Costume Designer?
    2. The Importance of Personality and Body Language
    3. Philosophy for Drawing
  10. Chapter 1 Drawing the Figure
    1. Proportions of the Body
    2. The Basic Bone Structure of the Body
      1. The Joints of the Body
      2. The Head, Chest, and Pelvis
      3. The Relationships between the Limbs and the Body Masses
    3. The Balance of the Body
      1. Weight on Both Legs
      2. Weight on One Leg
      3. The Body Leaning on an Object
    4. Figures in Action
      1. Abstract Stick Figures in Action
      2. Contouring the Stick Figure
      3. Contouring the Stick Figure from Head to Feet
    5. Figures in Dance
    6. Figure Poses Change through Time and Fashion
    7. Garments and Textures in Relation to the Body in Action
  11. Chapter 2 Creating the Face
    1. Proportions of the Face—Front, Profile, and Three-Quarter Views
      1. Step One: Establish the Head as an Abstract Form or Mass
      2. Step Two: Block In the Features
      3. Step Three: Contour the Features
    2. Types and Characteristics of Faces
    3. Facial Expressions
      1. How Can Proper Facial Expression Be Achieved?
      2. Emotions
    4. Positioning the Head and Neck and Directing the Eyesight
  12. Chapter 3 Figure and Facial Variations
    1. Characteristics of Different Age Groups
      1. Children's Faces and Body Types
      2. Teenagers' Faces and Body Types
      3. Youths' Faces and Body Types
      4. Middle-Aged Faces and Body Types
      5. Elderly Faces and Body Types
    2. Characteristics of Different Figure Types
      1. Heavy Body Types
      2. Thin, Tall, or Short Body Types
  13. Chapter 4 Hands, Feet, and Accessories
    1. Heads and Hats
    2. Hands, Gloves, and Props
      1. Hand Proportions
      2. Relationship Angle between Hand and Wrist
    3. Feet and Shoes
  14. Chapter 5 Character Costume Design Creation
    1. What Is the Best Way to Begin?
    2. Proportion, Action, and Movement
    3. What Is the Figure Doing Beneath the Garments?
    4. Detailed Costumes
      1. Outlining the Garment
      2. The Details
  15. Chapter 6 Rendering Techniques
    1. Creating Highlights and Shadows
    2. Characteristics of Materials and Drawing Strokes
    3. Painting Costumes
      1. Painting from Light to Dark
      2. Rendering Sheer Material
      3. Painting from Dark to Light
      4. Painting with Markers
      5. Creating Texture
    4. Creating a Pinstriped Suit and Plaid Dress
    5. Creating Rough-Texture Fabrics
      1. Painting the Head and Face
    6. Decorating the Background of the Costume Design
    7. Drawing Supplies
  16. Chapter 7 Character Costume Figures in Style
    1. Sketches and Renderings
    2. Constructing Character Costume Figures in Musical Productions
      1. Creating Character Costume Figures for the Musical The Most Happy Fella
      2. Character Costume Figures for the Musical The Boy Friend
      3. Character Costume Figures for the Musical Leader of The Pack
      4. Character Costume Figures for the Musicals Once on This Island and Pippin
      5. Character Costume Figures for the Musical Pippin
    3. Character Costume Figures for a Drama/Tragedy
      1. Character Figures for The Visit
      2. Character Figures for Marisol
    4. Character Costume Figures for a Comedy/Farce
      1. Character Figures for The Learned Ladies
    5. Character Costume Figures for Children's Plays
      1. Character Costume Figures for Just So
      2. Character Costume Figures for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  17. Chapter 8 Costume Rendering Gallery
  18. Index