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Do you struggle to paint figures? Me too.

This book contains the most important lessons, tools, and actions that will help you overcome your barriers and finally learn to paint figures better. They worked for me and I bet they’ll work for you.

This book isn’t going to teach you how to draw or paint figures. It isn’t a series of tutorials, anatomy diagrams, or paint by numbers.

Instead, it’s a collection of 55 tips that will help you learn faster and more effectively. Some of these are fairly common sense. Others are a lot less common. And a few go directly opposite to how most people study figures.

The book is over 200 pages and is packed with art that I made to learn figure painting and is there to help guide or inspire you in your studies.

My journey from bad to good

I became a professional artist because of my landscape paintings. But when I dared to bring figures into my work, people gave me a hard time. My figure paintings were never as good as my landscapes and that was pretty obvious to everyone.

My landscape skills earned me a large audience and I felt like I couldn’t practice figures without a lot of people seeing me struggle. I was paralyzed by the pressure to keep performing at a high level. So I kept painting landscapes.

After years of putting it off, I bit the bullet and vowed to get my figures up to snuff, criticism be damned. It’s taken a couple years but I’m pretty amazed by how much I’ve improved.

I think it’s fair to say that figures never came easy for me. Landscapes made sense to me but figures took a hell of a long time and a lot of dedication. I think that puts me in a unique position to help those who also struggle to paint figures well.

Customer Reviews


Verified Buyer

1 year ago


I haven't gotten through all of it yet but the way you talk about learning to paint and draw figures is very relatable and helpful. Also showing some of your old work made me feel as though I can improve if I keep going, I would like to know what your experience has been like in the industry and how you got started but thats a separate topic. Great book!!!

Rachel B.

1 year ago

Not your usual art book

A punchy compendium packed with digestible yet heavy-hitting advice. Every page cuts straight to the point (you'll find no fluff and filler in this book) and is complimented with gorgeous spreads of full-colour artwork, ranging from early candids to fully developed paintings. I like practical advice books and I like beautiful coffee-table art books. This book is both in one.

Noah shares the insights he gained as an established professional returning to the realm of study, putting a refreshingly relatable and realistic twist on the classic "things I wish I'd known" format. His tone is casual and honest, and aside from the obvious wealth of knowledge he has to share, I found it to be encouraging, fun and inspiring. There are no illusions to his craft: this is an artist who fought tooth and nail for the skill he has today, and through his humility, we get to see that we can do it, too.

If you're looking for a step-by-step, this book is not for you. But if you're interested in the sorts of higher-level concepts, techniques and principles that will make every resource you work from in future more effective, then I definitely recommend.


Verified Buyer

1 year ago

Great, but lacks particulars

This is more of a "how to learn" than a "what to do" guide, but there are nonetheless tons of useful tips in here. The best part of the book is Noah's frank talk about where he started, what his shortcomings were and how he worked to correct them. They may not match up to your own experiences, but they're an excellent reminder that nobody starts good. Practice is everything, but knowing how to practice is important.

My only real complaint is that I was hoping for more specifics, along the lines of "if you're struggling with X, try doing Y" or "here are a list of problems to look out for while you're working".

Bonus: it doubles as an excellent art book.