Drawing magazine is proud to present a new special issue: The Figure: The Best of Drawing. This is a special 112-page publication in which we revisit some of the best articles that have appeared in Drawing examining all aspects of figure drawing, one of the most fascinating and challenging subjects in art. If you’re looking to improve your own figure drawing and portrait drawing abilities, this is your magazine.
Among the topics covered are: a three-stage approach for drawing the figure; advice for drawing the torso; a foolproof way to take key measurements on the figure and the head; common differences between male and female figures; and the lessons we can learn from some of the greatest draftsmen throughout history. We also look at drawings by several outstanding contemporary artists and learn about their processes.
The Three-Layer Figure
Approach the figure through structural analysis and intuitive, layered line. By Jason Franz
The Core Figure: A Source of Power and Accuracy
Much of a figure drawing’s energy—as well as a subject’s likeness—comes from the compelling and accurate representation of the torso. By Dan Gheno
An Unrelenting Gaze: The Drawings of Philip Pearlstein
This celebrated artist uses drawing to depict what he sees with little thought for accepted standards of draftsmanship. By John A. Parks
Fundamentals of Proportion: Measuring the Figure
Using this easy technique, you can measure key proportions in the early stages of drawing and be sure you have an accurate foundation from which to work. By Jon deMartin
Learning From the Masters: Ingres’ Miraculous Lines
The French master’s graphite drawings teach us much about contour and portraiture. By Mark G. Mitchell
A Many-Sided Approach to the Figure
Dan Thompson encourages students to celebrate the complexity of learning how to represent life through drawing. By Austin R. Williams
Beauty, Balance and Accuracy
Mark Tennant’s drawings evidence both rigorous academic standards and sensitivity to the nuances of the figure. By Austin R. Williams
12 Anatomical Differences Between Men and Women
The differences between male and female bodies range from the obvious to the very subtle. By Larry Withers
Making Lines Move
The drawings of Fred Hatt are as much performances as objects. By John A. Parks
Lessons From a Drawing Book
The figure and portrait drawings that we often come across in textbooks and drawing manuals have much to teach. By Kenneth J. Procter
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