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    Figure Drawing Books for beginner?

    Hi all,

    It's my first post here and I hope it's the right place also for my thread.

    I haven't found any work shop locally, South Africa, that can get me going on figure drawing principles and was hoping someone could give me some book advice.

    I know practice is possibly a big portion of the journey but I just don't know where to start with it...

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    No advice at all? or just posted in the wrong place?

    I saw some books with people posing in them, no techniques explained though. I tried to look on amazon and saw quiet a few but not sure how serious to take the ratings.

    any one got any of these?

    Drawing the Living Figure (Paperback) by Joseph Sheppard
    Henry Yan's Figure Drawing Techniques and Tips (Paperback) by Henry Yan
    Dynamic Figure Drawing (Practical Art Books) (Paperback) by Burne Hogarth
    Drawing People (Hardcover) by Barbara Bradley
    The Figure (Paperback) by Walt Reed
    Life Drawing: A Journey to Self-Expression (Paperback) by Bridget Woods

    any help or advice is appreciated.


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    First of all, check this out :

    I suggest you start with Loomis and Bridgman.

    From the books you've listed, I own Yan's and Bradley's. I highly recommend both. Bradley's especially will be useful when learning to draw the clothed figure (a subject which I discovered is difficult to find good instruction on). As for Henry Yan, I have the privilege of studying under him in AAU, and his book is well worth it. The editing isn't perfect, but his explanations are clear enough and the images inspiring. He makes his figure drawings so much more than just studies; each one is a work of art.

    Hogarth - I've never been a big fan of his work, but many others endorse him, so I would recommend at least checking out his stuff at a library to see if you find it to your liking.

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    Awesome! thank you very much

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