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Willy Pogany’s Drawing Lessons 

January 17, 2017

I enjoy picking up “how to draw” books, and the older the better. One of my favorite finds was a first edition of Burne Hogarth’s “Dynamic Figure Drawing” which kind of became a bible for tattooers in the early 90’s. I’ve found plenty of cool books like this over the years, and my recent acquisition of Willy Pogany’s “Drawing Lessons” is no different.

The book was in ok shape for its age, considering fragility of the paper and the spiral binding taking its toll over them over the years. The book covers all the basics from starting with a dot, to perspective to proper anatomy.

But this books real value comes in the later pages with Willy’s figure studies.

Which quickly turns into amazing anatomy studies.

Then, toward the end of the book, comes the real artistic gems. The personal sketches included show just how dynamic he was as an artist.

William Andrew (“Willy”) Pogany (born Vilmos Andreas Pogány) (August 1882 – 30 July 1955) was a prolific Hungarian illustrator of children’s books as well as others like Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which is considered his masterpiece. To read more about Pogany, see his Wikipedia page for more info.


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