The Anatomy and Figure Drawing Artists Handbook

The Anatomy and Figure Drawing Artists Handbook

by Vivian Foster
     
 

This practical handbook gives art students a comprehensive guide to human anatomy, offering instruction in a wide range of media that includes pencils, inks, pastel chalks, charcoal, and crayons. The author presents step-by-step projects designed to build art students' confidence as they progress from easy to advanced techniques, and discusses common mistakes with

Overview


This practical handbook gives art students a comprehensive guide to human anatomy, offering instruction in a wide range of media that includes pencils, inks, pastel chalks, charcoal, and crayons. The author presents step-by-step projects designed to build art students' confidence as they progress from easy to advanced techniques, and discusses common mistakes with suggested methods to correct them. She also advises on the use of maquettes--miniature mannequins with flexible body joints--as a practical substitute when a live sitter is unavailable, or when a pose is difficult for models to maintain for lengthy periods. The book's primary purpose is to give students an understanding of how the human body is constructed by demonstrating a wide variety of natural poses and presenting exercises for each of them. Handsome and instructive color illustrations on most pages.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Foster compiles previously published material from several artists into a workmanlike guide that lacks cohesion. Several projects seem arbitrary (e.g., "Girl in Feathered Jacket" or "John in Pastel"). Most students will benefit more from Lucy Watson's Life Drawing Class, a dynamic and comprehensive volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764162848
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.99(d)

Meet the Author


Vivian Foster is also the author of The Stained Glass Handbook and The Mosaic Artist's Handbook, both available in North America from Barron's.

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