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

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Inspiration Books - Author Pa­trick J Jones

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.

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