Eddie Armer graduated from art school in 1975 and became a graphic designer. After a long career, Eddie decided, in 2005, to concentrate on his two greatest loves: art and music. He began dividing his time between running art workshops in the UK and Italy, and working as a musician. Eddie lives in Kent, UK, and works with vulnerable adults through art and music. He also writes about drawing, and is a contributor to Artist and Illustrator Magazine in the UK. He believes creativity in art and music are intrinsically linked.
Hands and feet The challenging subject of drawing hands and feet is tackled by expert teacher, Eddie Armer in his new book, Drawing Hands & Feet. This comprehensive course guides the artist through each stage of creating accurate portraits of hands and feet, both at rest and in motion. Building on the anatomy of the subject, Eddie looks at the drawing materials, mastering proportion, perspective, light and shade, with tips and advice along the way and exercises and projects for you to put what you've learnt into practice. * Leisure Painter * Drawing Hands & Feet is a very interesting book, showing the structure of the bony skeleton of both plus muscle arrangement. Plenty of drawings of all types of hands and feet, some very good tips for when you are drawing. I have always found this a difficult subject to paint or draw, but I'm sure, with the help of this book I will now be able to accomplish a far better picture. -- Trevor Gilbert This book is an answer to getting hands and feet looking realistic. Beginning with description of tools it moves on to the essential basics of the internal parts of hands and feet. It progresses quickly to drawing and getting the proportions and perspective correct. The author makes the subject easy enough for most to follow and certainly has improved my efforts. Unlike other books I have seen, this one also includes things such as adornments and gesturing. Definitely a good buy. -- Marion Mashiter There's more, of course, to figure drawing than just the extremities, but hands and feet are notoriously difficult to get right and errors here can mar an otherwise successful piece of work. Eddie's method is to proceed by way of examples and exercises, with plenty of diagrams and blocking outlines along the way. Instead of contemplating what appears to be a mountain - the sheer complexity of digitation, for instance - you start with simple shapes and work from there. Breaking the problem down to a series of what become much simpler stages suddenly makes it manageable and the possibility of understanding it more reasonable. A lot of books on figure drawing include what amounts to a basic anatomy course. While this is undoubtedly useful, it can be daunting and, if this is something you feel you don't need, the lack of it here should give your heart an immediate lift. This is art, not physiology. There's plenty of guidance on perspective, which is most definitely something you need to get to grips with, as well as hands and feet from different angles and in different poses. At 96 pages, this is a concise guide, but there's no sense of anything lacking or of corners being cut and it should provide all the information you need. * Artbookreview.net *