This instructional book approaches the figure organically, showing readers how to observe its basic shapes and subtle nuances through practical exercises and lessons in the art of seeing with a painter’s eye. Step-by-step demonstrations in contour drawing teach how to capture the overall essence of the human form, then lessons in gesture drawing emphasize the body’s linear rhythms in various poses. Painting techniques progress from silhouette to three-dimensional forms through clever uses of light, shadow, color, and value.
Charles Reid, the author of Painting What You (Want to) See and other fine art instruction books, is a popular teacher and widely exhibited artist and illustrator. He lives in Greens Farm, Connecticut.