Review: Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators by David H. Ross

June 28, 2016 4 stars, Book Review 1 ★★★★

Review: Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators by David H. RossFreehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators by David H. Ross
on July 28, 2015
Genres: Arts or Crafts, Instructional
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback
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*This book was provided by the for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

Draw the Human Figure Anywhere, Anytime

For today’s in-demand comic creators, animators, video game artists, concept designers, and more, being able to quickly draw the human figure in a variety of action-packed poses is a requirement. But what do you do if you don’t have models or photographic reference readily available? In Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators, artist and instructor David H. Ross provides an alternative solution, showing you how to master freehand figure drawing without visual reference by using a modern twist on the classic technique of blocking out the human figure in mannequin form. Step-by-step lessons guide illustrators from basic poses (standing, running, jumping) to extreme motions (throwing punches, high kicking). For on-the-go artists, Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators allows you complete freedom to bring your figures to life at any time.


Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators is an excellent book for novice artists. I have always loved to doodle for years. But that was all I really considered it was doodling. But in the past two years I’ve really wanted to move past doodling and into drawing. That meant getting things like proportion and perspective right. There are so many “how to draw” type art books out there that it can be a bit overwhelming and personally I like to go to the store and look at them so I know what I’m getting.

With all that said I found Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators to have been a great book for the stage I was in. It was informative as well as instructive and really helped me with placement of my figures within a setting as well as correct placement and proportion of my characters. I’m still not where I want to be as an artist and illustrator but every bit of advice is helpful and I think newbie artists would find this how to book as a good addition to their collection.

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