Vanderpoel All rights reserved. The human body, with its varied beauty of construction, character and action, is so complex that it is essential for the student, artist and sculptor not only to have a clear knowledge of its intricate forms, but a comprehensive understanding and a habit of simple treatment in order to apply this knowledge to its artistic end. The artist is immediately concerned with the external and the apparent. He views nature as color, tone, texture and light and shade, but back of his immediate concern, whether he be figure painter or illustrator, in order to render the human form with success, he stands in need of skill in the use of his knowledge of structure, of his understanding of action and of his insight into character. These things require a period of profound academic study.

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Shelves: art A great book with tremendous insight into figure drawing - in particular to the shading of body masses. Each component of the human body is broken down and explained.

The only thing keeping it from five stars was the fact I would have liked to have seen more drawings than the ones presented. Great for life study technique.

Jul 12, Nemo Nemo rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anyone studying art or those who want to strengthen their skills in pencil drawing. A transformative manual in the art of pencil drawing. The early renditions of the plates are far superior. Nov 25, Satangan rated it really liked it I came across this book in my local public joint-use library, located in the art section. I was looking for a book to help me draw, get used to the body and how it should look.

I got a whole lot more than I expected when I started reading this book. I did not expect a full break down of the human figure when I checked out this book. A really good book that goes into detail about the human figure, its anatomy, and the breakdown of drawing each part from the face and head to the feet and toes.

It I came across this book in my local public joint-use library, located in the art section. It may feel like you are reading any other textbook, but this book is really informative and helpful in understanding how the human figure should be drawn.

Along, the edges of the text and on pages throughout the book as you read. There are great perspective and POV examples that helps along with understanding the reading.

While reading, I was happy to come across page 81 because of the drawing was the exact image used for the cover of this book. This is a great book for those who are learning about drawing and especially about drawing the human figure and its body parts. It may provide insight for those who are good at drawing the human figure or aid them more into learning how to improve more.

Poses are of the dramatic or artistic variety and not oriented towards action. People who find this useful may find the various Andrew Loomis books worthwhile as well. Loomis tends towards more idealized figures and some of his books focus on action.


The human figure



The Human Figure




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