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TitleSketching People Life Drawing Basics
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Table of Contents
                            Cover
Copyright Page
Table of Contents
Introduction
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Conclusion
Gallery
Index
                        
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Fluid, fast and expressive life drawing starts here. Step by step, you’ll

learn to render fl eeting gestures from memory, capture expressions

simply and quickly, give your drawing a life of its own with body

language, and more. Along the way, you’ll develop a more spontaneous

approach for successfully working from life.

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

§ A COMPREHENSIVE COURSE ON DRAWING FROM

LIFE, BASED ON CLASSIC PRINCIPLES

§ ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES FOR DRAWING

GESTURE, FIGURES, CLOTHING, EXPRESSION,

BODY LANGUAGE AND MORE

§ LOTS OF EXERCISES THAT BRING LESSONS TO LIFE

The skills you’ll learn from this book are so fundamental that

every artist will fi nd something in these useful lessons for making

the most of all the inspiration that life has to offer.

Sketching and drawing from life can be a powerful
tool for recording everyday observations, experiences
and ideas. In this richly illustrated book, Jeff Mellem

covers everything you need to know to turn a moment’s
inspiration into an entry in your sketchbook, including:

OBSERVATIONAL SKILLS

GESTURE DRAWING

PORTRAYING THE HUMAN FORM

DRAWING CLOTHING

CAPTURING EXPRESSION

TELLING A STORY WITH BODY LANGUAGE

“STAGING” YOUR DRAWING

ESTABLISHING MOOD WITH VALUES

Even beginning artists can discover the joy of life
drawing by following Mellem’s straightforward,

step-by-step approach: Start with the gesture, build
form based on simple shapes, and fi nally, add the

details that give your drawing a sense of believability.
As you apply and internalize this artistic process,

your mind will be freed to concentrate on what
you’re trying to express rather than how to draw.

Gather ideas anytime and anywhere, and grow your
skills as an artist with every sketch you make.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Professional artist and graphic designer
Jeff Mellem has worked in various industries

over the last decade. Among others, he has
designed for magazines, video games,
and theater. He earned a Bachelor of

Fine Arts degree from California State
University, Fullerton, and studied drawing
at the American Animation Institute in
Hollywood, California. Jeff uses traditional
drawing techniques, the foundation of his

work, to develop characters and stories.

Art technique | Drawing

“By learning the essential principles
of drawing you will be able to
not have to think about how to

draw, but instead be free to express
your life through your art.”

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SKETCHING
PEOPLE

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PATTERNS
HELP SHOW THE

UNDERLYING FORM
The cross-contour

pattern on this shirt
helps show the young

man’s shifting torso.

CREATING VOLUME WITH DRAPERY
As with everything else, in drawing, details come last.

Clothing details, such as collars, pockets, hats, buttons and

jewelry, need to reinforce the volume of the underlying

form. Additionally, all details need to fi t into the overall

design of the drawing and should not call attention

to themselves unless, of course, that adornment

is the point of the drawing.

DETAILS HELP CREATE VOLUME
This man’s jacket has several details that help
create volume. The collar wraps around the
neck, the belt wraps around the waist, the

pocket helps show the curve at the hip, the
seam and details along the back help defi ne
the centerline and the seam at the shoulder

helps show the roundness of the arm.

BASIC FORMS CREATE VOLUME
This puffy jacket has seams that are simple
spherical forms stacked on top of each other.

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1| Start With a Gesture
The gesture is the foundation of all
drawing. Notice the implied twist
in the torso.

2 | Defi ne the Three-Dimensional Form
You don’t have to render the nude form
as detailed as I have here, but you do
need to defi ne the volumes as they relate
spatially. Draw lightly at this stage so the
lines fade into the background once the
clothes are defi ned.

3 | Add the Clothes
Keep in mind both the gesture and
the volumes as you defi ne the clothes.
Notice how the folds in the waist still
retain the twist established in the
gesture stage. Drawing the swag folds
between the legs would have been
diffi cult without fi rst defi ning the forms
they rest on.

E X E R C I S E

FROM GESTURE TO SKETCH

Just as the gesture provides a foundation for the form, the form is the

foundation for the clothes. The gesture must always come fi rst. Once the

gesture is established, the volumes can be defi ned using simple shapes

and anatomical forms. Then, clothes can be added on top of the form,

keeping in mind the underlying volumes and the overall gesture.

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9 781600 611506

5 2 2 9 9

ISBN 978-1-60061-150-6

US $22.99
Z2412 (CAN $27.99)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60061-150-6
ISBN-10: 1-60061-150-8

E
A

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U
P

C

S
K

E
T

C
H

IN
G

P
E

O
P

L
E

M
E

L
L

E
M

Fluid, fast and expressive life drawing starts here. Step by step, you’ll

learn to render fl eeting gestures from memory, capture expressions

simply and quickly, give your drawing a life of its own with body

language, and more. Along the way, you’ll develop a more spontaneous

approach for successfully working from life.

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

§ A COMPREHENSIVE COURSE ON DRAWING FROM

LIFE, BASED ON CLASSIC PRINCIPLES

§ ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES FOR DRAWING

GESTURE, FIGURES, CLOTHING, EXPRESSION,

BODY LANGUAGE AND MORE

§ LOTS OF EXERCISES THAT BRING LESSONS TO LIFE

The skills you’ll learn from this book are so fundamental that

every artist will fi nd something in these useful lessons for making

the most of all the inspiration that life has to offer.

Sketching and drawing from life can be a powerful
tool for recording everyday observations, experiences
and ideas. In this richly illustrated book, Jeff Mellem

covers everything you need to know to turn a moment’s
inspiration into an entry in your sketchbook, including:

OBSERVATIONAL SKILLS

GESTURE DRAWING

PORTRAYING THE HUMAN FORM

DRAWING CLOTHING

CAPTURING EXPRESSION

TELLING A STORY WITH BODY LANGUAGE

“STAGING” YOUR DRAWING

ESTABLISHING MOOD WITH VALUES

Even beginning artists can discover the joy of life
drawing by following Mellem’s straightforward,

step-by-step approach: Start with the gesture, build
form based on simple shapes, and fi nally, add the

details that give your drawing a sense of believability.
As you apply and internalize this artistic process,

your mind will be freed to concentrate on what
you’re trying to express rather than how to draw.

Gather ideas anytime and anywhere, and grow your
skills as an artist with every sketch you make.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Professional artist and graphic designer
Jeff Mellem has worked in various industries

over the last decade. Among others, he has
designed for magazines, video games,
and theater. He earned a Bachelor of

Fine Arts degree from California State
University, Fullerton, and studied drawing
at the American Animation Institute in
Hollywood, California. Jeff uses traditional
drawing techniques, the foundation of his

work, to develop characters and stories.

Art technique | Drawing

“By learning the essential principles
of drawing you will be able to
not have to think about how to

draw, but instead be free to express
your life through your art.”

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