Once in a rare while, an art instruction book comes along that can be appreciated by anyone, no matter if you want to learn to draw or not. This applied to Jones's first book, Science Fiction and Fantasy Oil Painting Techniques and again here. He is an artist (and teacher) who creates superlative fantasy art and beautiful women. This is the inside story from pencil to finished piece.
Jones is continuing the legacy of such revered masters of figure drawing as Andrew Loomis, Burne Hogarth, and Frank Riley. In fact, Loomis's and Hogarth's instruction books are those others that I'd insist are in that rare category of instruction books that double as art showcases.
Patrick Jones's fresh, innovative approach breaks the human body down into shapes and rhythms that can easily be committed to memory, demystifying the art of figure drawing in the process. Much more than a book on anatomy, this guide explains how to use knowledge of the human form to produce drawings with style and grace, using pastel, pencil, and charcoal techniques and tools.
It features reproductions of the original anatomy sheets and figure drawings produced during Patrick's live lectures, and is packed full of insights. Offering plenty of practical instruction for digital painters, this resource will also enhance the drawing and painting techniques of figurative artists, animators, and students at every level of experience.
This includes several of Jones' superlative fantasy paintings, as well as nude studies, beginning with the photographed model and going to the finished piece. Plus a specially commissioned oil painting of a Conan-like character surrounded by gorgeous scantily-clad warrior women, and even more work that reminds us of Dejah Thoris but is said to be from a Jason and the Argonauts project. Finally, we also like the photos of Patrick at work in his classroom, and of models posing for students.