Book review: Figure Drawing for Kids

Figure Drawing for Kids

Figure Drawing for Kids: A Step-by-Step Guide for Drawing People,
by Angela Rizza
Rockridge Press
Juvenile Nonfiction/Drawing
102 pages


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Do you know how to draw people? Why not try it in 2020? Whatever your age, Figure Drawing for Kids: A Step-by-Step Guide for Drawing People is a great tool to start.

The only problem I find in this book is that it’s presented as a book for 9-12 kids. Actually, I believe many adults who want to draw could definitely benefit from it!
It is so well done, so clear, and with awesome tips.

It has two parts, presenting first the basics, then the details.

The basics starts with body shapes. It features many examples, then cool guided step-by-steps to try it out yourself, and then practice with different body movements.
The second activity shows how to use a grid to keep the correct proportion when drawing a body. I doubt many of you know that “the average height of an adult is 8 heads” (page 8).
Then we learn how to define the body, focusing on muscles, and how to ghost. “Ghosting is a way of looking at a figure as a whole shape” (page 23).
The fifth chapter on movement is excellent, with so many examples. Chapter 6 is on variety in the point of view.

Part 2 goes into more advanced details: shading, face features, scenes; how to draw from a picture, or simply things around you indoors and outdoors.

VERDICT:  Fantastic book to learn how to draw people, whatever your age.

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Any other good book to start drawing?

In full compliance with FTC Guidelines, I received this book free of charge from the publisher through The Callisto Publisher’s Club. I was in no way compensated for this post as a reviewer, and the thoughts are my own.


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