DRAWING HANDS & FEET – REVIEW

Litercurious Book Review

TitleDrawing Hands & Feet: Success in Art Series
AuthorKen Goldman
Publisher Walter Foster Publishing (June 2, 2020)
FormatPaperback
Pages112
LanguageEnglish
ISBN# 10/131633228568 / 978-1633228566

AUTHOR

Ken Goldman is the author of Drawing Hands and Feet you can find out more about him and his work here.

WHO IS THE TARGET AUDIENCE

Drawing Hands & Feet has a broad appeal encompassing all those who aspire to improving their knowledge, skills and abilities in the creation of their own artwork. It is ideal for those who prefer the self-directed learning route, and would aid those students who wish to expand their knowledge and appreciation of alternative and traditional methods of drawing.

SYNOPSIS

The format of Drawing Hands and Feet is like many of its kind. The sections are laid out in a common sense manner as follows:

Introduction

Section 1: Tools & Materials

Section 2: Anatomy of Hands & Feet

Section 3 Drawing: Techniques

Section 4: Step-by-step Drawings

Conclusion and about the author

At first sight you may be forgiven for thinking that there is nothing remarkable or unique about this manual, but you would be mistaken. Drawing Hands & Feet is exceptional in every single way. It is true it has a similar page format to other publications of its kind but what elevates this particular guide is the quality of the illustrations and the invaluable information and advice from a contemporary, professional working artist of considerable talents.

In the pages of this manuscript, I found an abundance of essential, practical advice enhanced by high quality photographs, monochrome and color sketches, and full color anatomical illustrations. The sheer quality of the anatomical illustrations alone justifies the price of this work. The years of experience from the author and the practical methods described to enhance your drawing is second to none.

Artists quickly become aware that drawing or painting hands and feet poses a herculean problem early on in their art journey. They are the most complicated parts of the body to reproduce in a realistic manner and therefore it is helpful to have a step-by-step approach during the learning faze in order to control the multitudinal task posed by the complexity.

It is easy for me to sit here and try to convince you about the book, but to show you is another matter all together. Therefore, I thought I would put pencil to paper and see if I would benefit from the manual. Below you can witness the results. I am confident having tried the methods described in the book that you could benefit from its sage advice to.

This is my sketch taken from page 16 of Drawing Hands & Feet.
This is my original sketch using the techniques found in Drawing Hands & Feet.

CONCLUSION

Drawing Hands & Feet by Ken Goldman is an exceptional guide to the most difficult parts of the human anatomy to draw. Goldman took on the challenge of making the complex simple. He excelled beyond all expectation. I fully anticipate that this will sell out quickly when it becomes available in early June, 2020. I can’t wait to procure myself a copy. I give it my first 5 star rating of 2020 for an art book.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I would like to thank Walter Foster Publishing , NetGalley, and Ken Goldman for affording me the opportunity to review Drawing Hands & Feet.

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