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This book focuses highly on drawing the figure in perspective. To be honest, most figure drawing books only touch on the figure in perspective. This is a worthwhile buy for those learning to draw comics to realistic figures and helping you learn how to put them in perspective perspective
As stated by another reviewer, the first chapter could do with a lot more detail on drawing figures in perspective, which brought my rating down by one star. Figure Drawing for All It's Worth by Loomis does a better job explaining how to work out the measurements required to draw figures at differing angles using the box method shown in the first chapter.
For those of you thinking of buying this for younger artists, the only pages I think you may have issues with are 156-159 which includes nipples on the breasts of the male and female figures, which can easily be blacked out without losing much of the integrity of the drawing. This book packs a lot of information in visual format and does not get bogged down with heavy text details which makes it a good resource for drawing basic action poses.
I love this book because it is a kind of anti-high-faloot'n sort of primer on how to draw people without models. The little section on perspective is well-thought-out in chapter one , even if it is review for most artists who like to draw in a traditional way. However, when Mr. Ross introduces his idea of a "glass mannequin" -- it is here that the book is by far at its best. I cannot think of a better place to learn how to draw forshortened views and action poses. These lessons, which include simplified versions of heads, torsos, and limbs, should become standardized information for anyone even casually interested in drawing people. After this section, one can easily learn the next step, which is the "anatomization" of the simplified figures with more realistic musculature. There are plenty of clear examples that show the logical progression from the simplified Mannequin figures to the more finished figures. Now here's why I am unable to give the book five stars -- for all of its unpretentious tone, it does lean a bit too hard towards a not-always-satsifying comic book aesthetic. This is also the best thing about the book, as it does such a fine job cutting through whatever is unneeded in favor of the essence of things. But here and there, the stylization of the more finished figures -- in particular the heads -- is, for some, a tad kitschy. The usual overly-muscled dudes and busty girls could have been tempered with a few more normal figures and perhaps even some classical types. All said, though, this is really an outstanding reference book. Mr. Ross even had the good sense to include blank " practice areas" next to his examples, so you can try out some of the ideas in the book alongside his fine drawings. He seems to be saying, "just practice this and eventually you'll get it!" We need more books like this one.