The Human Form: Techniques for Drawing and Painting the Nude

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9781844486014: The Human Form: Techniques for Drawing and Painting the Nude

In this tutorial, revered art instructor Giovanni Civardi breaks down the study of human form into manageable segments. Maintaining the role of the human form as a key training aid for artists, an introductory section offers basic drawing techniques that establish a foundation of form and pose. Additional chapters then examine the practicalities of color rendering for the skin and mixing paints for realistic hues, ultimately leading to a more refined and detailed finished work. Additional information offers tips for mastering the nude form in various mediums, as well as a lengthy chapter containing male and female life drawings, each accompanied by short commentaries in which the anatomical and morphological points of interest are discussed.

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Giovanni Civardi is an artist, a teacher, and the author of numerous books, including Drawing, Drawing Hands & Feet, Drawing Scenery, Drawing the Clothed Figure, and Drawing Techniques.


As life drawing books go, you won't get many that are better than the ones written by Giovanni Civardi. He has a pleasantly straightforward style and simple explanations that are hard to beat. In spite of his having written many books, this is a new one rather than a reissue and it's also nice to report that his style seems to have lost that slightly old-fashioned tinge it once had. The other innovation is the introduction of colour. As well as the drawings, which are in the majority, there are also illustrations in watercolour, gouache and coloured pencil which include useful hints on getting skin tones right. The only thing you might want to note is that there are a lot more female than male studies here so, if you're looking for the latter, you might feel a bit let down. If not, it's Giovanni Civardi is one of the greats when it comes to life drawing books. He writes in an easily understood fashion with numerous illustrations to show his point. The human form has always been of interest to art students - perhaps because its an easily studied subject as we have not just our own bodies but are surrounded by others and each has just that small difference which make us individuals. Giovanni has written many books and yet always manages to keep to a refreshing interesting format. This book is new in that he introduces colour using oils, watercolour, gouache and graphite, watercolour and straight coloured pencils along with pastels and charcoal. A real feast of colours full of useful information on usage. The book has a short but useful section on how to achieve believable skin tones - something essential when rendering colour portraits. The final part is composed of many pencil illustrating of different figure poses each one accompanied by explanatory text on how and why the pose is important and what the skeleton and musculature under the skin are doing. Understanding this is one of the keys to creating believable portraits. Another fantastic book from a master of life study, this book is a valuable addition to the library of any student of the human

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