I recently finished reading the book Drawing People: How to Portray the Clothed Figure, which aims at teaching the art of drawing clothes on figures. While the book certainly benefited me in my goal of drawing clothes on my characters better. It can be used for fashion designers & other sorts of artistic endeavors. It’s clear that the author, Barbara Bradley knows what she’s talking about, I read this book before reading how a well-regarded of an instructor she is.
The book doesn’t merely talk about clothed figures, it’s more of a short drawing course that teaches you everything from the way to hold the pencil to figure drawing. For that reason, not the whole book talks about drawing clothes. This makes me wish additional materials was there to focus on that.
The way the book contains all sorts of examples reminds me of some of the old drawing books that shows you the concepts rather than talk much, the book does explain these concepts much more than these old books though.
I totally recommend Drawing People: How to Portray the Clothed Figure as long as you know what to expect from it. It’s a good drawing course on its own, and will provide you with many useful concepts for drawing clothed figures.
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- Contains many examples of clothed figures, and covering many types of clothes.
- Constantly points out the areas of clothes you should take note of.
- Covers all the basics you need to draw the clothed figures, from the basics of figure drawing, to the drawing of clothes of many types like skirts & shoes.
- It would have been better if the book contained more materials about drawing clothed figures.
Drawing People: How to Portray the Clothed Figure takes into account people who are new to drawing. For that reason, it starts with the basics of drawing, including the way to hold the pencil, then covers figure drawing, which is important to understand in order to draw clothes on them. Though that leaves less pages for drawing clothes. It would have been nice if the book contained more about drawing clothes, since that’s the main point of the book. This makes the book more of a drawing course with a focus on clothed people.
The book contains a lot of interesting examples, which provided a good learning experience to look at, especially with the detailed instructions on what to take note of. While you could learn many of them yourself if you’re good at observing, the book can help you a lot to take note of some of the things you probably wouldn’t notice yourself.
The figure drawing part of the book cover many aspects of drawing people from proportion, to perspective, there’s even chapter for drawing children. Each of these topics deserves a book on its own, and the book serves an introduction to them for those new to drawing. The books also teaches you many drawing techniques (or aides as Barbara calls them), which are things to take note of in the figure to draw a good figure, and to make sure the clothes you draw on the figures are as accurate as possible.
One thing I liked about the book is how it repeats some of the concepts for you again & again. While this may sound boring in a way, this is good to ingrain them in your brain. As I mentioned earlier, you may want to study some of the concepts mentioned on this book on your own later, like drawing children faces.
One of the very good exercises in Drawing People: How to Portray the Clothed Figure is to take a piece of cloth & observe it. To see how the shade change whenever you move the cloth. This encourage you to observe clothes on your own, which can further your drawing abilities.
Drawing People: How to Portray the Clothed Figure is not a huge book, so it won’t take you a lot to read, if you want to become better at drawing clothed figures, I highly suggest you read it. Make sure you practice the concepts in it on your own. As long as you know that not the whole book is not dedicated to drawing clothed figures, you won’t be disappointed. Again, I wish the book contained more materials on that, but I think it’s a good book overall. This book made me with I could attend Barbara’s class, as I feel like I could learn a lot from it. :>
I hope you liked my Drawing People: How to Portray the Clothed Figure review, and see you again in another review. ^^