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I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials, and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years. I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them. Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book. Wish me luck……
17 Books Down, 94 to go….
The Figure by Walt Reed
This book was originally published in 1976, so some of the male models are wearing really weird jockstraps, but in spite of that, this book is SO good. Absolutely clear and well-photographed exercises that make it easy to draw a human figure with good proportions.
The basic message of this book is to break EVERY object down to it’s basic shapes. I think the biggest mistake people make when drawing arms and legs is forgetting that there are three (not two) parts – the thigh, the shin AND the joint in between. Ignoring the Joint ends up with limbs that look like they are made of plasticene, not ligaments and bones.