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Paperback Figure Drawing Without a Model Book

ISBN: 0715306464

ISBN13: 9780715306468

Figure Drawing Without a Model

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From the basics of drawing from life, to drawing the human figure from memory, Tiner offers a course of instruction. Illustrated with the author's own work, it is designed to encourage artists of all levels of ability, including cartoonists and graphic artists.

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Observer's guide

This isn't a book about copying someone else's art. The author instead takes the approach of guiding you to make your own observations from life drawing. Many new artists want to skip drawing from life and instead want to copy other artists works. Ron Tiner takes the time to remind us that if you want to draw the figure, you need to observe the actual figure in person. If you're looking for a step by step, draw a circle, draw a square and now its a figure ... well first of all, your figure drawing will suffer from using those kinds of texts alone, but that is not this book. You will find primers in here on proportion, body types, foreshortening. These are things that you should not only look for in the artist's illustrations, but in your actual studies from life. I think he makes very clear that drawing from your imagination takes a lot of knowledge, practice and memorization which new artists tend to willfully ignore looking for the easy route. You can imagine and have probably seen the "artists" surrounded by books, copying other artists, probably improving but only slowly. As Tiner points out, when you observe and draw at the moment of a real life scene you're surprised at how FAST you'll improve. You have to because the subject might only be there briefly walking down the street. Not only that, but he takes the time to express how to turn these observations into the scenes that you've imagined. That's something I haven't really seen in a book before. Understanding that thought processed opened my world of drawing. Now I'm professional artist and illustrator (BA in Fine Art). Definitely give this book a chance and do what he suggests. Don't just do the things you want to hear. You'll be successful.

Figure Drawing

Fun and informative, what else can you ask for in an instruction book?

A must have...

Mr. Tiner really opened the world of figure drawing to me. I have purchased other figure drawing books, but this one stands head and shoulders above them all. This book is dedicated to the human figure and covers it from head-to-toe!If someone is serious about developing the skills to be able to draw from their imagination - then purchase this book. The humans figure is a world unto its self and certainly takes practice. Tiner leads you by the hand and illustrates what he preaches. Don't be mislead though... This book is a tool through which hours of practice and applying your newfound knowledge, will bring you to the level of mastering the human anatomy. To achieve what Tiner has illustrated, it will be a life long process.Just flipping through the book, will inspire any illustrator or casual artist. The book is chalk full of wonderful illustrations and really guides the artist down the right path.Others topics covered are picture composition and graphic narrative. Invaluable tips on body types, facial expressions, and bone structure. The majority of the book is centered around instructing the artist on the path to drawing the human figure from ones own memory. Tiner certainly accomplishes that!

Tiner's book is stimulating and encouraging.

I found Tiner's book on the library shelf. I couldn't put it down. I finally decided to purchase it to cease the increasing late fees. Tiner writes to his audience in first person; I felt he was sitting there next to me personally giving me tips, encouragement, and support. His artwork pleases the eye, giving a visual to work off of. Overall, this book is one of my favorites. Pick it up, and you will know why.

Wonderful! A Must Have!

This is a wonderful and amazing book. Any artist into figure drawing should have this book on their shelf! Helps on how to draw figures from memory. Contains wonderful sketches and illustrations by Ron Tiner.
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