Carving the Human Figure: Studies in Wood and Stone

Overview

The human figure is the most important subject in sculpture. In this practical introduction the emphasis is on carving in wood, but sculptors in other media will find it equally valuable. Male and female figures are included, plus drapery, and stylised and abstract carving. Basic human anatomy, including heads, torsos, knees and hands, is covered as well as carving whole figures.

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Overview

The human figure is the most important subject in sculpture. In this practical introduction the emphasis is on carving in wood, but sculptors in other media will find it equally valuable. Male and female figures are included, plus drapery, and stylised and abstract carving. Basic human anatomy, including heads, torsos, knees and hands, is covered as well as carving whole figures.

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Onians opens this important book by pointing out that the human form has been used for religious and secular ritual, magic, erotica, political ends, as an aid to prayer, and as memento of the dead. All of this is background for the sculptor, who adds to the mix the pure joy of the human figure. Onians is the senior woodcarving tutor at the City and Guilds of London Art School, where, since 1978, he has been teaching courses in traditional wood and stone carving. Here he condenses information about a daunting art form into a lively yet thorough manual. He begins with a solid chapter on basic human anatomy, then features the head, torso, knee, foot, hand, and arm. Everything comes together in chapters on carving the whole figure, carving the clothed figure, stylizing the figure, and carving the figure in relief. The result is highly recommended for all collections. To fill out the purely technical aspects of carving, also consider Onians's previous Essential Woodcarving Techniques. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861081797
  • Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 891,139
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Basic human anatomy 7
2 The head 23
3 The torso 47
4 The knees 65
5 The feet 79
6 The hand and arm 91
7 Carving the whole figure 103
8 The draped figure 117
9 Stylizing the figure 129
10 The figure in relief 139
Conclusion 158
Glossary of anatomical terms 159
Further reading 162
About the author 163
Index 164
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