There is no subject more challenging nor more rewarding for artists than the human body and face. No art practice will improve an artist's skills more than the practice of observing and capturing human beings.
But setting up a studio and lights, finding models, understanding poses... it's a lot of prep work to get to the part we want to get to: the drawing and painting part. So imagine my excitement when I recently came across Art Models 10 a book filled with beautiful photographs by Douglas Johnson. Douglas launched the Art Models series, full of perfectly lit models in both artistic poses and action poses, with a variety of attitudes and movements.
It's an inspiration for students, professionals and every artist inbetween. There are also close ups of facial expressions, model diversity, and tips for drawing from the reference. And finished artwork created from these images is royalty free!
Here are some sample pages. Then go get your copy!