Monday, November 19, 2012

Drawing People (Joumana Medlej)

Drawing People
Joumana Medlej
Nonfiction, Art
**** (Good)

DESCRIPTION: Learning to draw the human figure is one of the most complex tasks of any artist. The subject matter is further complicated by the wide variety of proportions, skin tones, and facial features of the many races of Mankind. The author/artist breaks down the subject into simple parts, including notes on many ethnotypes.

REVIEW: Geared at comic artists and illustrators, Medlej's book sometimes seems too simplistic, with basic line drawings and simple captions. However, she packs plenty of information into this volume. If such subjects as muscle and bone anatomy - staples of most human figure drawing books - are short-changed, it's more than made up for by the extensive notes on human ethnotypes, the most detailed breakdown of the subject I've ever seen in an art book. This may not be the only human drawing book you'll need, but it's well worth a place in any artist's library.
Incidentally, this title does not seem to be available through Amazon; it can only be purchased through the author's website at

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