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To express outward form correctly requires a knowledge of the internal structure, that is, of the bones which compose the framework and define its proportions and of the muscles and tendons which direct its action.
Every figure artist finds sooner or later, as he advances in his artistic career, that his work needs strengthening through a well grounded knowledge of anatomy. The great masters of the past realized this and their grasp on the fundamentals of anatomy is reflected not only in their finished works, but in such of their preliminary sketches as are still preserved.
The ability to construct figures correctly from the imagination rather than to depend entirely on models is a distinct aid to the draftsman and to the sculptor. The student of anatomy should therefore test his skill by making memory drawings and by applying his knowledge to compositions of his own fancy.
When working from living models, the artist will find that his knowledge of anatomy will enable him to analyze and interpret the forms before him in a more understanding way than he could without such information. It will develop in him greater powers of observation. An understanding of anatomy is an instrument in the mechanics of Art: a means to be employed to assist but never allowed to dominate. The artist must learn properly to evaluate his anatomical information and to know the part it is to play in the development of his art. The studies he makes will then be done more intelligently and with better draftsmanship as an inevitable result.
Excerpted from ANATOMY AND DRAWING by VICTOR PERARD. Copyright © 2001 Dover Publications, Inc.. Excerpted by permission of Dover Publications, Inc..
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Posted July 7, 2009
It goes from the bones all the way through basic gesture drawings and on to full figures. The only problem I have with it is there's no explanations on anything. The only written words in there are words explaining what bone you're looking at. Which makes it an alright book if you're just starting out but not a great book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 18, 2007
This copy of Victor Perard is a great way to learn how to block in the pose as well as learn vital imaginary lines to correct poses of various parts of the anatomy. He was a student of Jean Leon Gerome a major academic 19th Century French artist and the Ecole de Beaux Artes. That in itself carries great weight. The expressions are superb and the gestures are eloquent. What a master. He is on the scale of Charles Barque who also studied under Gerome and has a academic drawing book out. I have learned a great deal from Perard.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 7, 2005
I've had this book for some time now and it's made my art experience great! Most anatomy books have more text than examples, but this book gives you hundreds of much needed examples! I'm not a big reader, so for a visual learner, this book was extremely helpful and I'd recommend it to anyone. I've used this book so much that I've used almost a whole roll of tape just to keep it together so I could keep using it. I love this book!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2001
Posted November 4, 2001
I thought that a good anatomy book had to cost a ton of money until I found this book. I wasn't even looking when I found it, just kind of browsing around, and it was just there, and I started looking at it and decided to buy it. It's full of poses, too, that can be very helpful. Wonderful :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 17, 2001
This book is easily one of the best in its field. The writer covers just about everything a beginning or advanced student needs to know in relating anatomy to drawing. I teach the same subject, and realize the importance of a thorough range of information on proportion, bone structure, origins and insertions, and basic drawing technique, all of which are included. The author was a great draughtsman whose skill shown throughout the book is more helpful, especially to beginners, than books which are much heavier on text. His ability to visualize muscles and bones under the skin in drawing after drawing, using all sorts of complicated angles, helps to demystify a complex subject. This is one of the first books that I learned to draw from more than 25 years ago, using an old copy from my local library, so I'm delighted to see it in print again. For some reason, the isbn number for the Barnes and Noble printing is the only way to locate it as an in-print book. The title or author name only come up with an out of print version.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.