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
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.