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Drawing Atelier - The Figure

Book Description

Arguably the most challenging of subjects for the artist, the human figure also offers opportunities for works of incredible beauty and complexity. In this book, one of today's leading figurative artists shares techniques and approaches for drawing the human form. With a reverent grounding in the methods of the Old Masters and keen perspective developed over Jon DeMartin's 20+ years of making and teaching art, this comprehensive workshop focuses on the power of line and how it can be used to achieve a convincing sense of dimension and life.

Beautifully illustrated with classical drawings as well as step-by-step progressions, these lessons explore the enlightening practice of copying, how to use proportion and measurement wisely, drawing the head and its features, rendering the figure in motion, short-pose exercises, and much, much more. Throughout, artists will master techniques for achieving a compelling "living force" in their drawings, while building a base of understanding that will ultimately make the process more intuitive and enjoyable.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Special Offers
  4. Dedication
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Terminology
  7. Introduction
  8. Chapter One: Tools, Basic Techniques & Copying Drawings
    1. Tools
    2. Fundamental Drawing Strategies
    3. Check for Accuracy by Gauging
    4. Shading Technique 1: Hatching
    5. Shading Technique 2: Graining
    6. Shading Technique 3: Stumping
    7. Selecting Paper & Using It to Your Advantage
  9. Chapter Two: Perspective, Modeling the Form & Contour
    1. The Cube
    2. The Cylinder
    3. The Sphere & the Ovoid
    4. Contour: Optical & Base Boundaries
  10. Chapter Three: Drawing on White & Toned Paper
    1. White Paper
    2. Red Chalk on White & Toned Paper
    3. Modeling on Toned Paper
    4. Selecting Your Medium
  11. Chapter Four: Modeling The Figure
    1. Measuring the Figure
    2. Check Proportion With Optical Reduction
    3. Draw the Figure From Behind
    4. Principles of Foreshortening
    5. Picture Plane: The Key to Perspective
    6. Geometric Solids & Simplifying the Figure
    7. Drawing Foreshortened Limbs
    8. Copying the Masters
    9. Constructing & Modeling a Foreshortened Figure
  12. Chapter Five: The Features
    1. Line
    2. The Mouth & Nose
    3. Draw the Mouth in a Frontal View
    4. Draw the Mouth in Various Perspectives
    5. Draw the Nose in a Frontal View
    6. Draw the Nose in Various Perspectives
    7. The Eye
    8. Draw the Eye in a Frontal View
    9. Draw the Eye in Various Perspectives
    10. The Ear
    11. Draw the Ear in a Frontal View
    12. Draw the Ear in Various Perspectives
    13. Modeling Form
  13. Chapter Six: The Head, Hands & Feet
    1. Getting Started: The Initial Sketch
    2. First Measurements: Height & Width
    3. Linear Proportions
    4. Classical Proportions
    5. Model the Head on Toned Paper
    6. Foreshortening the Head
    7. Further Places
    8. Draw a Foreshortened Head
    9. Proportions & Anatomy of the Hand
    10. Perspective & Movement
    11. The Line of Action
    12. The Drawing Process for Hands
    13. Proportions & Anatomy of the Foot
    14. Landmark Points of the Foot
    15. Draw the Foot
    16. Sketching for Inspiration
  14. Chapter Seven: The Figure in Action
    1. The Inner Axis & Surface Centerlines
    2. Line: The Foundation of a Figure Drawing
    3. Using Anatomy as a Guide
    4. Capturing the Exterior Form
    5. Creating Movement
    6. The Figure in Action: One-Minute Pose
    7. The Figure in Action: Five-Minute Pose
    8. The Figure in Action: Twenty-Minute Pose
  15. About the Author
  16. Acknowledgments
  17. Copyright