With Figure Drawing, aspiring graphite and charcoal artists will learn everything they need to know about drawing the human figure and how to master gestures, proportions, and body movement. The book begins with an introduction to basic tools and materials, guiding the reader in how to select the right pencils, papers, erasers, and other materials to begin their study of life drawing. Additionally, artists will find a plethora of information about drawing techniques, blending, and shading. Before diving into the easy step-by-step exercises, aspiring artists will also find helpful instruction in how to render form and features, including hands and feet, facial features, and more. A talented professional artist then guides the reader in how to use drawing pencils to render lifelike gestures and movement through a variety of step-by-step projects that include a sports figure, a ballet dancer, and a child at play. Along the way, expert tips and tricks from a professional artist demonstrate the basics for contour drawing, achieving anatomy and proportions, foreshortening, and using light and shadow in sketching the form and bringing it to life. With its breadth of instruction, variety of subject matter, and inspirational artwork, Figure Drawing is the perfect resource to start building artist proficiency in the art of drawing the human figure.