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Erik M. Gist www.erikgist.com
Figure DrawingFundamentals
Notes to the reader
This book is not meant as a step by step or a formula (art is not a for-mulaic pursuit) so do not study as such. This book is also not meant tosolve all your problems, which can only be done by you through diligentstudy and hard work. This book is intended to be a guide through theworld of figure drawing. Careful practice of the principles documented inthis book will improve your drawings more than copying the drawingsused to demonstrate these points. The best way to use this book is to finda good piece of photo reference, or better yet get into a life drawing classand apply what you have learned in this book to the problem in front ofyou. It does you little good to copy the drawings in this book because forthe most part the problems have already been solved for you.It is more important for you as an artist to learn the principles behindwhat I do and the reasoning used to govern my, or any one else’s “style”.In so doing you will begin to produce original art, and not just mimic,what has come before. In art there are no rules. Rules are what we oftenuse to simplify key principles and concepts for those newly initiated intothe fraternity of artists. Always try to get from any instructor why they dowhat they do, not how they do it. Why we do what we do is what makesus good artists, how we do it makes us individuals. If you simply drawhow someone else draws you will never be an individual. So when youstudy from an artist or an artist’s work try to figure out why the make thechoices they do, not merely copy the decisions they make.My recommendation to you is get out your sketchbook, read throughthe following pages all the way to the end, and make notes where you feelnecessary. Then put away the book, and get out a good piece of photo ref-erence and your drawing pad and get to work. Only get the book outwhen you run into a problem. This is the best way to test how much of thematerial you have retained. Every time you get out the book make a markon the chapter you needed to review, this will show you the areas you stillneed to study. Next get your butt into a life drawing class... this is the bestway to learn.Good luck,E-
Erik M. Gist www.erikgist.com
Erik M. Gist www.erikgist.com

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