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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will teach you something!!!
I have been illustrating for 16 years and all I did was browse through this book and I learned something! That's how good this book is! Detailed and easy, this book has something for every one. That goes for all of Jack Hamm's books.
Published on 27 July 1999

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a book for people who have studied figure drawing before
At parts, this book is good at giving basic detial for novices to build on e.g. the face (portriat and side view), front-side view (body, arms, legs). but like most figures and faces they all have different views, and angles of position and i feel this book leaves this part out. It does have pictures explaining how the anaotomy changes through viewpoints but doesn't tell...
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will teach you something!!!, 27 July 1999
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This review is from: Drawing the Head and Figure (Paperback)
I have been illustrating for 16 years and all I did was browse through this book and I learned something! That's how good this book is! Detailed and easy, this book has something for every one. That goes for all of Jack Hamm's books.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every artist should have this book, 7 Jan. 1999
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This review is from: Drawing the Head and Figure (Paperback)
This is an invaluable figure drawing book. As a professional illustrator, I highly recommend all of Jack Hamms' drawing books. Follow the lessons and you'll be amazed how fast you will improve... and you can't beat the price.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you need on drawing the human figure, 18 Dec. 1998
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The single most informative and intuitive book on drawing you will ever read. Mister Hamm will make you understand what you've been trying to draw for years.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely essential, 5 Sept. 2003
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ben mcnally (glasgow United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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the beginner, or someone who has been studying for years shouldn't hesitate to buy this book
its no nonsense and straight to the point, you will gain a better understanding of this field of drawing as soon as you begin to read it, this in turn will improve your drawing skills significantly
there are more expensive books with a lot more pages and chapters available, but this book, at such a low price shouldn't be missed
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Variety crammed neatly into a book, 9 July 2004
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I don't pretend (or want) to be an artist. However, I do want to do the occasional drawing either on paper or computer. The problem is I have a standard build process for heads,figures AND facial details so they always come out similar. This book covers variations in features (mainly facial) and figure construction processes so I CAN now make different people. It's remarkably simple to follow considering the amount of data on each page.
To summarise, if you're looking for a 'copybook' to give you an insight into figure and facial variations then you can't go wrong
with this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic at bargain price, 19 Dec. 2002
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This is the sort of book you keep coming back to again and again. Each page is crammed full of hints, tips, first-class illustrations and anatomical reference. Especially good is that you're often given several different approaches to the same problem (e.g. setting up a full-length figure, drawing the leg, etc.), which increases your understanding and skill. Combine this with Andrew Loomis's "Figure Drawing For All It's Worth" (sadly out-of-print but available online) and you've got two of the best texts on the subject ever written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference for Artists!, 5 Aug. 2011
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Mr. G. Wilson (Edinburgh, Scotland.) - See all my reviews
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This book is a very easy to understand guide to figure drawing. It is packed with information on how to work up good drawings of the Human body as well as faces, eyes, clothes etc. Leafing through the book the initial impression is that it is quite cramped in terms of layout but this is due to enumerate examples that you can refer to.

The tone of the book is very measured and encouraging: unlike many other books on anatomy the instructions are precise and clear. All this is enhanced by Jack Hamms' clear, eminently readable drawings. I found the material on faces and eyes really good and without a doubt my drawings have improved after consultation of this book.

Simple guides for grasping rudimentary forms in drawing arms, legs etc are the best I've ever seen, allowing you to get something passable down on paper which is very encouraging for more in depth study which is also presented here. I quickly learnt more about the form of the face, figure and clothing in four or five quick sessions than 7 years ownership of Burne Hogarths' "Dynamic Figure Drawing" !

I recommend this book for depth of material covered, readability and concise simplicity: if you are interested in the Human figure this is one of the best additions to your reference section you can make!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is small and mighty, 15 Jun. 2009
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L. Chen (England) - See all my reviews
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The book is old, looks cheap. It is black and white with no nice colourful pictures, but it is simply the best. It covers everything with so many illustrations and so much information.

I would say this is the most efficent and useful book on drawing I've ever read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drawing The Head & Figure, 10 Sept. 2010
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This is a fab book if you like me cannot draw. It explains simply the principles of dimensions for the whole body and many, many details from eyebrows to different shoulder shapes, legs and to folds of fabric (eg the way a blouse sleeve falls)- it is crammed with details. At the moment I am copying and my drawings actually look quite good, but many more hours to be spend on this though....lovely book for the inexperienced and highly recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, 1 Nov. 1997
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This book is quite something! It covers EVERYTHING to do about the human figure. It shows every little dimple that may be on a figure, every curve, and many ways to do it! I, am quite young, and didn't get how to do figure drawing until now!
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