“Figure Drawing: Design and Invention” by Michael Hampton

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"Figure Drawing: Design and Invention" by Michael Hampton

“Figure Drawing: Design and Invention” by Michael Hampton

Figure Drawing: Design and Invention is an instructional figure drawing book geared towards the novice and experienced artist alike. In approaching the figure, this book emphasizes a simplified understanding of surface anatomy, in order to allow for artists to understand invention and mechanics of the figure, creating a successful skill-set that can be applied in both traditional and computer-based fields. In addition, this book focuses very strongly on process. Unlike other drawing books that describe elements of the figure without a cohesive idea of how to assimilate them into an approach, this book is very heavy on practical usage. To this end, the figure is broken down into gesture, construction, anatomy, etc, all presented in the guise of understanding the human form while still favoring the artistic.