The Anatomy of Style: Figure Drawing Techniques
Body ma tters A master fantasy artist explains how to get human anatomy right, without losing sight of your creative vision
Few art of anatomy books boast quite as much aweinspiring style and originality as this one from fantasy artist and teacher – and Imagine FX regular – Patrick J Jones.
Using annotated versions of his own artworks as an example – pencil drawings until now glimpsed only by his students – Patrick explains techniques for drawing anatomically accurate figures. The illustrator offers practical tips on things like art supplies and, step by step, body part by body part, explains how to apply the principles of anatomy to your life drawing. He begins with short poses, progresses to the long pose, then extends those principles to creating human figures from imagination.
The first five chapters apply mainly to drawing, the sixth addresses painting, the final features timed life drawings, showcasing the techniques outlined in the book. Detailed notes deconstruct every illustration.
Patrick strikes a careful balance, urging adherence to anatomically correct principles while encouraging individual artistic voices.
In his book Patrick demonstrates in great detail how to age a face. For more from the artist see our feature on life drawing on page 20.