Hu­man Fig­ure Draw­ing: Draw­ing Ges­tures, Pos­tures and Move­ments

Fig­ur­ing it out This guide to draw­ing hu­man anatomy is less about strict ad­her­ence to rules and more about learn­ing from your mis­takes

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A guide less about strict ad­her­ence to rules and more about learn­ing from mis­takes.

There are a num­ber of ways you can learn to draw hu­man fig­ures. Some books give you strict rules to learn, but this is not one of them. It takes the view that learn­ing to draw anatomy is like start­ing to talk or to play an in­stru­ment.

So rather than spend too much time on the­ory, Daniela Bram­billa in­stead sets a se­ries of ex­er­cises and en­cour­ages you to learn by do­ing – while learn­ing from your mis­takes.

This large-for­mat, 260-page hard­back cov­ers al­most ev­ery area of hu­man fig­ure draw­ing. It be­gins with the ba­sics: ges­tures, con­tours and un­der­stand­ing po­si­tion, pro­por­tions and lines of force. Then it’s on to more ad­vanced top­ics such as ex­pand­ing your imag­i­na­tion and cap­tur­ing “the move­ments of the soul”, as Daniela rather evoca­tively puts it.

With plenty of ex­am­ples, and ex­er­cises that en­cour­age you to get scrib­bling, it feels like a re­laxed evening class held by the best teacher in town.

Daniela Bram­billa teaches draw­ing at the highly re­spected Isti­tuto Europeo di De­sign, in Mi­lan.

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