Drawing Poses for Beginners Techniques for drawing a variety of figure poses in graphite pencil

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2022-05-03
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing
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With a wealth of photo references and step-by-step pencil lessons, Drawing Poses for Beginners will help you master drawing realistic human figures in a range of different positions.

This helpful 144-page guide reveals the process of drawing the human figure as it pertains to anatomy, proportions, volume, mass, gesture, movement, and expression. From there, discover how these characteristics come together using light, shape, line, and form to accurately depict the human figure in a variety of everyday poses.

Each section features color photographs of people in several “core" poses, such as standing, sitting, reclining, and action poses, as well as multiple variations of those poses. Step-by-step artist illustrations demonstrate how to render the core pose, and illustrations and professional tips demonstrate how to turn the core pose into a new variation.

In addition, step-by-step drawing instructions and techniques demonstrate how to capture realistic poses as they differ from one person to the next across a range of human characteristics, such as age (child, teen, adult, senior citizen); body type (ectomorph, mesomorph, endomorph); gender; and activity (athlete, dancer, etc.).

Packed with helpful photographs, hundreds of techniques, and loads of expert instruction, Drawing Poses for Beginners is the perfect resource for artists of all skill levels—and one that will be referred to over and over again.

Walter Foster Publishing’s Collector’s Series offers a broad range of projects across a variety of mediums and genres, such as drawing, oil, acrylic, watercolor, cartooning, calligraphy, and others. Suitable for beginning to intermediate artists, each book features in-depth instruction about how to work with the tools of the trade, master techniques, and use newfound skills in practical application via step-by-step projects.

Author Biography

Award-winning artist Ken Goldman is an internationally known artist, author, teacher, and art juror. His work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Holland; Paris; Mexico; New York; Boston; Washington, DC; the Oceanside Museum of Art: 100 Artists, 100 Years 1915–2015; the International Fabriano en Acquarello 2015 (Italy); China's Shenzhen International Biennial 2013–2014; and the Shanghai International Biennial 2012–2013. He currently serves as president of the National Watercolor Society. Visit

Stephanie Goldman is known for her richly colored figures, insightful portraits, boldly painted miniatures, and dynamic charcoal, pencil, and ink drawings. She imbues all of her work with a focused creativity and experimentation that intrigues collectors and critics alike. Stephanie teaches figure painting and portraiture at the Athenaeum School of the Arts in La Jolla, California, and has worked with artist Ken Goldman for more than two decades collaborating on both large and small public and private art projects. Visit

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