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Figure Drawing for Artists: Making Every Mark Count.
2 April 2018
Most books of this type provide some useful information for the student of drawing and this one is no different in that respect.
I found Steve Huston's book to be somewhat quirky in approach; some topics are dealt with fairly well (I found some of the information on tone useful) but there are a few gaps in instruction which will stump beginners (the three-quarter view of the head, for example - a difficult topic to describe and not altogether clearly explained here).
It is a well-illustrated volume with a lot of diagrammatic drawings and finished examples by the author together with master drawings/paintings for the student to analyse, copy or emulate.
I found it moderately helpful, but I'm an experienced professional – my interest in this book was to provide examples and ideas for my own drawing class; I'm not convinced that this book alone will provide adequate instruction to students who don't have the support of a class or tutor.
It is certainly a volume that is worth having; used in conjunction with other instruction books or with access to an art class it could prove useful, but I'd be wary of recommending it as one's only guide to figure drawing.
3 ½ Stars.