After having gone to college for four years and earning a Bachelor's Degree in Art, working in advertising and marketing for 25 years and teaching Drawing, AP Drawing and Commercial Art for 11 years I've learned one important thing: preparation is everything!
I've drawn people and animals all of my life and I can state categorically, "There is nothing magic about drawing. It takes time to study, prepare and practice."
Part of drawing any human or animal is not just putting lines on paper.
Over the years I've driven into my students' brains that it is just important to know about the things that don't show when drawing animals and humans as it is to know what's on the outside.
Like an architect or engineer an artist must understand the building blocks of human or animal figures. Muscles, bones, tendons, skin folds, hair patterns-they all play an important part in drawing living, breathing creatures.
Dover Publications understands this and that's why I am so excited to introduce three titles that I believe every artist worth their pencils and paper should have:
First up is Victor Perard's 'Anatomy And Drawing'.
This book examines the human body (male and female, young an old) from every possible angle and position (both inside and out).
Pages contain illustrations that demonstrate how to draw every part of the body shown from the inside out. Bones, muscles, connecting tissue, heads, ears, eyes, noses, hands, action shots, figures in repose, group shots, male, female, old, and young are all examined in minute detail. Muscles and bones are labeled and categorized. It's like having an anatomy book at your fingertips.
Another word of advice to anyone seriously considering making art your vocation: take anatomy and figure drawing classes. That way you get to experience the "in and out" of the human figure.
It's not only important to understand in inner and outer workings of humans, it is just important to know the same about animals.
Trust me. Drawing animals is much more difficult than humans-at least from my experience. Just the sheer number of animals is mind-boggling!
In Ken Hultgren's "The Art Of Animal Drawing: Construction, Action Analysis, Caricature" you'll learn everything there is to learn about drawing animals.
Muscles. bones, fur, scales, skin, proper action poses, drawing techniques and more are included in this 'must have' resource for the artist.
If there is one thing I learned after studying this book it's, "I have a lot to learn!"
It's all well and good to be able to draw the human figure. However (other than a few exceptions) humans do not tend to run around naked. They are clothed and have been for many centuries.
"What People Wore' by Douglas Gorsline, provides 1,800 illustrations from Ancient Times to the Early Twentieth Century.
Every conceivable type of clothing is included: suits, dress, gowns, headwear, shoes and sandals and every type of accessory ever dreamed up by man.
The book is an invaluable guide to all things fashion.
I plan on using it as a reference for a number of projects I'm currently drawing. It's true what they say, "Cloths do make the man."