Fabulous Figures- The Book that Taught Me How to Draw People


A couple months ago, I finally purchased Jane Davenport's Fabulous Figures book. I don't draw people too often, but that's mostly because I'm not entirely confident in my ability to do so. Therefore, after debating about it in my head for about a year, I finally bought a copy. I am honestly amazed at how much it helped me improve my drawings of people!

 Fabulous Figures is separated into 10 chapters, each covering a different topic related to drawing people. This makes it easy to jump to right section when using the book as a reference. I do recommend following the chapters in order first if you're completely new to drawing people.

It only focuses on drawing women, but goes a little bit into drawing kids and I believe the techniques covered in the book could easily be adapted for drawing men. I'm not entirely sure about that as I have yet to try doing so. However, Fabulous Figures had a whole chapter focused on adjusting the technique to allow for a variety of body types. This was refreshing to me as often in the art world there's an overwhelming amount of focus on skinny people.

The technique introduced is to use heart shapes as a guideline for drawing people. I was skeptical about this, but following the book's advice made it so I had a much easier time drawing people than before. It even came with heart-shaped templates to trace if you want uniform hearts. I found that I prefer drawing the hearts by hand as it leads to more unique results.

Another thing I found really helpful is that Fabulous Figures shows how to adapt the technique for different positions. For example, it showed how you can use the heart guidelines to draw someone from the side. It also addressed how to draw hair, the neck, hands, fingers, arms, legs, and feet. All of which I struggle with, so I was especially happy the book addressed that.

Overall, I give Fabulous Figures a 9/10. It's hands-down one of the most useful art books I've purchased. I refer to it whenever I'm going to draw a person. My only complaint is that it didn't suggest how to adapt the technique for drawing men. Davenport did mention this towards the beginning of the book, but I still wish it was included as it seems that almost every tutorial I find about drawing people focuses on drawing women.

If you're interested in purchasing the book, here's a link to purchase it from Barnes & Nobel: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fabulous-figures-jane-davenport/1127201849?ean=9781942021322

(Note: This post is not sponsored in any way. It is 100% my own honest opinion.)

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