Drawing The Female Nude

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“To paint, draw, or sculpt the human figure is one of the most demanding of artistic problems.... Explores the artistic possibilities and particular problems of female bodies.”—Library Journal.
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“To paint, draw, or sculpt the human figure is one of the most demanding of artistic problems.... Explores the artistic possibilities and particular problems of female bodies.”—Library Journal.
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To paint, draw, or sculpt the human figure is one of the most demanding of artistic problems. At least since Michelangelo, serious artists of the genre have known the value of a clinical study of anatomy. Civardi combines study at the Faculty of Medicine, Milan, with the teaching of sculpture, drawing, and illustration to bring us an excellent trilogy of manuals. The first, on basic human anatomy, begins with the structural characteristics of bones and muscle mass. Hundreds of drawings illustrate both the underlying structure and the exterior of the face, torso, arms, legs, hands, and feet in a wide range of poses, complete with proper scientific terminology. The volumes on the male and female nude explore the artistic possibilities and particular problems of both sexes. The three books are limited in size and limited to the bodies of young, trim Caucasians. Nevertheless, they are a good start and will be useful in most public collections. Academic libraries may prefer Eliot Goldfinger's monumental (and more expensive) single volume, Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form (Oxford Univ., 1991).
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  • ISBN-13: 9780289800904
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 11.48 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2002

    Excellent artist's reference

    Excellent artist's reference. I judge art book by how many pictures they have (and the quality thereof); this one boasts two to three illustrations per page, and provides a wide range of poses for reference. The illustrations are all pen-and-ink and pretty clear and good. There is a discussion of some art techniques, but as a hobbiest sketcher I've found that DOING is the only way to learn to draw. That and looking at other artist's work. (And working from live models until you have all the little nuainces down). Thus, for me any art book must boast illustrations. This does! It isn't perfect; there were two main models used and thus you don't see a lot of variety (I'd love a version showing women of different ethnic origins and body types). If you are looking for some really off-beat pose you'll probably be dissappointed. But I guess that's one thing about art: as much as you see, there's always room for a creative mind to come up with a new idea. Anyone planning a 'Nude Women of African Origins' book, including some of the more 'native' African jewlry? Or 'Women of Asia' with those Asian hair styles? Exploring all the subtle differences between caucasian and non-caucasians? (Noses and eyes and skin tones mainly.) Books like 'Drawing the Female Nude' makes one believe that there are people with a brain out there. (P.s., perv's should save their money and buy some racy magazines; these are good, clean artists references, not wiggly-jiggly stuff).

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