Nude Figure: A Visual Reference for the Artist

Nude Figure: A Visual Reference for the Artist

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by Mark Edward Smith, Mark Edward Smith
     
 
For thousands of artists lacking access to figure classes with live models, this portfolio of superbly photographed models provides a life-drawing studio right at home. An extensive compilation of traditional life drawing poses includes female and male figures in standing, seated, reclining, and action poses, each shown gracefully in circular movement, taking in all

Overview

For thousands of artists lacking access to figure classes with live models, this portfolio of superbly photographed models provides a life-drawing studio right at home. An extensive compilation of traditional life drawing poses includes female and male figures in standing, seated, reclining, and action poses, each shown gracefully in circular movement, taking in all views: front, three-quarter-front, side, three-quarter back, and back. Each photograph is beautifully composed and lit, providing artists with all the nuances of muscle structure, line, and gesture to inspire fully developed figure drawings and paintings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823032327
Publisher:
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
221,922
Product dimensions:
8.46(w) x 10.48(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Edward Smith, formerly of the The New York Times, is a world-class photographer whose published works include The Figure in Motion and books featuring grand European sites. He lives in Venice, Italy.

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Nude Figure: A Visual Reference for the Artist 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
kenKV More than 1 year ago
It is okay.  I thought this book shows how to draw nude figure.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is only a DECENT book, not great. It has a few major factors against it. Firstly, it is in grainy B&W shots making the images undefined some of the time or the lighting too flat. This book is good for those working entirely in charcoal or other colorless mediums or simply looking for some inspiring poses which you will invent the color for later. Also, it lacks any ethnic diversity or any real body diversity whatsoever! Good practice book, that's about it! Get it if you have the money, but if you need to make a decision on only one, pass for the Art Models book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this hoping for good anatomical reference and for gesture drawing practices, but found something closer to badly done homebrew pornography. The models look tired and bored, coaxed into crazy, unnatural positions. Muscle tone is obscured by indistinct lighting, tattoos, and in the cases of the men enough body hair to make them look like unfortunate victims of lycanthropy. Of the 200+ pages, mayble only 10 of them feature male models--which are too flabby or impossibly hairy to be useful--making me wonder why they bothered at all when there is such an obvious bias. When the author says 'the beauty of the human figure' he clearly means, 'young girls are attractive.' Many of the poses also have the women inexplicably raising their arms above their head, as if displaying their breasts. The whole presentation is seedy and plain unhelpful as an artist's reference, for both the reasons that it lacks the true dignity and respect the figure deserves, and the terrible quality of the pictures, poses, lighting, and models.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am using this book to help me in my evolution as an artist. Though it shows both male amnd female nude models, the female models outnumber the males. This book helps me to appreciate the perfection of the feminine form. Many who have read my book, Tales of Ancient Xenar knows of my perpensity for sexual suggestive scenes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the image size, variety of traditional poses very useful. While some of the action photos were too grainy for musculature detail, they were still valuable for proportion. The photographer made good use of contrast which also added variety. More ethnic diversity in the models and possibly a few more male poses would have been additionally helpful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A found the book to be excellent. The models are most attractive and are quite obviously unabashed and unashamed of their bodies. The poses are lovely and provide not only inspiration for sculpture and painting but could stand alone as finished drawings in their own right as well. The contrast between lighting and shading which Mr. Smith imparts to his photography is wonderful indeed and will offer a great benefit to the artist. A treasure trove of more than two hundred stunning photos, this book is a must for any artist who appreciates the beauty of the nude human form.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Often the artist is unsure of how to pose a live model and sometimes doesn't seem to have even an idea of what pose he or she wants the model to assume. This book provides artists and models a wide selection of poses that should assist them in finding the one that best meets the artist's objectives. The poses are all quite tasteful and are of no purient interest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an art instructor, I was truly disappointed with the quality of the photography as well as the poses offered. There were only a handful that reflected good composition and contrast from an artistic sense. Most of the photos were too grainy to provide adequate muscular detail. The models seemed to be too similar in size, shape, and ethnicity. I would gladly pay more for a book that offered higher quality in both the photos and artistic composition. Bottom line, save your money.