In this companion to his bestselling figure drawing books The Anatomy of Style and Figures from Life, Patrick J. Jones explores the art of capturing the beauty and form of human anatomy using photographic reference. The book's 10 step-by-step chapters are designed to echo Patrick's renowned life drawing workshops, with stunning photographs of posed models taking the place of live models. Readers are invited to draw along with Patrick as he guides them through the drawing stages in detail, demonstrating creative solutions to the pitfalls associated with using photo reference – including distortion, proportion, edges, and shadows. Along the way, he also reveals his creative process and 'art laws', and offers invaluable insights into producing drawings of the human figure with style and grace. For sheer depth of writing and information, no artist, art lover, or student should be without his latest volume on their bookshelves.
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Foreword by Steve Huston
Steve Huston was born and raised in Alaska, but he works and lives in Belgrade, Montana, USA. After graduating from Pasadena's Art Center College of Design he embarked on a career as an illustrator. His clients included Caesar's Palace, MGM, Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios. After nearly a decade of doing commercial work, he decided to teach and coach — first at his alma mater, and then at Disney, Nickelodeon, Dreamworks, and several other studios.
Patrick J. Jones is an award-winning sci-fi and fantasy artist and teacher. His work is collected and published worldwide, and his client list includes companies such as Disney, Lucasfilm and Roc books. Patrick grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the worst of the “troubles”. Influenced by artists Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetta, he spent long days in the sanctuary of rooftops, drawing and dreaming of becoming a fantasy artist, to the din of street riots below. After two years in the merchant navy he moved to London and spent 15 years as an illustrator before travelling the world once more. Today, Patrick lives and works in Australia. When he's not painting he teaches art at universities in the city of Brisbane, where he now lives with his wife Cathy and their two scruffy dogs.
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Another amazing insight into Patrick's creative process with detailed descriptions and fantastic drawings. It's a worthy follow up to Anatomy of style and Figures from life.