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Life drawing class
Watson, Lucy, 1968-
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Publication Information:
New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, [2003]

Physical Description:
125 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
"A Quarto book"--T.p. verso.

Includes index.
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NC765 .W336 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
NC765 .W336 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Offers step-by-step instructions for drawing and painting the human figure, including working with different media, learning new techniques, and exploring ways of interpreting the figure.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This brief, accessible guide will appeal to amateur artists encountering figure drawing for the first time. Watson presents each chapter as a class in which she introduces basic concepts such as measuring angles, plotting positions, perspective, light and tone, and so on. Also included in each section are suggestions for pose lengths, lists of materials, and clearly explained, illustrated step-by-step instructions. Throughout Watson includes examples of her and other professionals' work in a wide range of styles and media. More ambitious projects follow the classes, and a directory of media finishes the text. Watson's introduction is brief, and while her text seems geared toward the beginning artist, some basic information, such as preparation and care of drawing materials (sharpening techniques, for example), is lacking. Still, the book's attractive format and clear, concise directions will appeal to many artists who are looking for a basic, friendly introduction. For more thorough guides, suggest Anthony Ryder's The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing (2000) and Louise Gordon's How to Draw the Human Figure (1979). --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Teaching the difficult art of portraiture has come a long way since the days when models were often limited to well-muscled white people. Bradley specializes in portraying the clothed figure of all ages, in attire that varies from jeans to togas. The first part discusses proportion, perspective, and value, while the second part considers drawing folds and drapery. The final section offers tips on completing figures, including how to draw faces and hands and special instructions for drawing children. The result is a competent manual by a 25-year veteran of teaching at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Watson's Life Drawing Class is a rich and dynamic volume on the human form, clothed and unclothed, flabby and buff, indoors and out. Using pencil, charcoal, ink, and watercolor, Watson (Artists Sketchbook) utilizes photographs to complement lessons in balance and proportion, lighting, mood, and composition. These are two fine additions to the field. Large collections can supplement these with more specific works like Chris Saper's Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.