I’m not normally a fan of reduced-format bind-ups, but this one makes pretty good sense. There are seven books here and, if they were in the original format, the 440 pages would simply be too heavy to handle easily. On top of that, Giovanni’s style is very much illustration-led, so the reduction has less effect that is often the case and there’s little or no sacrifice in usability on that score.
The selection included is well-chosen and kicks off with the excellent Drawing Techniques that was always a useful introduction. Some of the half-tones here are a little dark and it’s where the smaller page size is most felt. Even so, the important things are clear and it’s a good application of techniques to the specific field of figure drawing.
Further sections are: Understanding Human Form & Structure, The Nude, Sketching People, Heads & Faces, Drawing Hands & Feet and Clothing on Figures. It’s worth listing them simply to show how well this lives up to its own billing of being a complete guide.
To buy all these books individually would cost you over £60, so this is a bargain at £12.99. Price isn’t everything, of course, but the quality makes it an absolute steal.
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