I’ll admit to being slightly perplexed by the subtitle of this: Mastering the art of drawing from memory. The introduction refers to freehand drawing as being able to draw without the aid of a live model or photographic reference. However, the book is a superb reference in itself, so it seems to me that you could simply use it as an in-depth guide (it’s a lot more than a primer) to drawing figures in a variety of poses and above all, in motion. Taken as that, it’s superb because it not only shows the finished result, but also the ways of getting there, from block outlines to anatomical structure via perspective and shading.
The style of the illustrations is maybe slightly archaic and it certainly leans towards fantasy art (I think that’s what the “illustrators” of the title refers to), but neither of these minor reservations should be enough to put you off what’s an invaluable guide that could prove to be a source of reference for a long time to come.
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