“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.
- Sterling Publishing
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- 8.34(w) x 11.48(h) x 0.47(d)
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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).