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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Art Instruction
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (April 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486435407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486435404
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Artists of classical Greece and the Renaissance were highly aware of the complexity and great beauty of the human figure, and strove in their artwork to depict the ideal form. This book by an experienced twentieth-century art teacher covers two fundamentals of figure drawing that were equally important to masters of earlier eras—anatomy and perspective, subjects that seldom receive a thorough treatment within the same book.
Carefully addressing both topics, the text suggests ways to convey the structure and functions of the human figure, covers elementary principles of drawing, and considers the use of light and shadow. Also discussed are aspects of measurement and the application of such simple forms as the cube, cylinder, and sphere in representing parts of the human body.
In describing the relationship between anatomical features and surface form, the chapters on anatomy include drawings of the bones and muscles of the trunk, upper and lower limbs, and the head and its prominent aspects. A final section focuses on accessories, such as eyeglasses and clothing—items which, when worn, virtually become part of the figure's anatomy.
Clearly and concisely written, Anatomy and Perspective will be an important addition to the personal library of anyone interested in drawing the human figure.
Unabridged Dover (2004) republication of the edition published by The Viking Press, New York, 1972.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ProfessorF on December 21, 2012
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I bought this book thinking that it would be about drawing the anatomy of the human figure in perspective--I mean the title is Anatomy and Perspective: The Fundamentals of Figure Drawing. But I was wrong! It mainly covered anatomy and barely touched on the topic of drawing the figure in perspective. So buyer beware. Yes, there is some material on visualizing body parts as slices, but no solid principles or processes for drawing the human figure in perspective. If you are looking for a book that covers anatomy, perspective, and figure drawing, there is no better book than Andrew Loomis' "Figure Drawing for All It's Worth".

No, it's not a 1-star book. There is some interesting information on anatomy, but nothing that isn't covered in more depth in other anatomy books or in Loomis. Thus, 2-stars.
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17 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Bain on June 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
"Anatomy and Perspective: Fundamentals of Figure Drawing" by Charles Oliver: a DOVER book

Some people might be induced to buy an anatomy book that devotes a mere 96 pages to the subject of human anatomy for the artist. Moreover, if anyone could accomplish this, perhaps we could expect DOVER PUBLISHING to be able to do it. However, this is not ONLY a book about Anatomy, but also presumes to instruct in Perspective, and the "fundamentals of figure drawing" also. So it's 96 pages divided 3 ways.

Most beginner anatomy/drawing books will run to about 120 pages on the average. Books with fewer pages than that are just not going to be able to adequately teach the subject. What's the point of buying LESS, when you can get MORE for the same price?

The text fails to accomplish its task, giving only a brief and superficial, woefully inadequate instruction and cannot really replace some of the current IN-PRINT texts still on the market.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, in drawing instruction, LESS is not MORE. A book buyer need not pay MORE money to get a good book; BUT...the buyer does need to have a book that covers the subject thoroughly. It doesn't make much sense to buy a brief but cheaper book if you have to go back out and spend double that price to get a book that covers the subject well.
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