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Drawing Human Anatomy Paperback – December 31, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated; 1st edition (December 31, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0289800897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0289800898
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

To paint, draw, or sculpt the human figure is one of the most demanding of artistic problems. At least since Michelangelo, serious artists of the genre have known the value of a clinical study of anatomy. Civardi combines study at the Faculty of Medicine, Milan, with the teaching of sculpture, drawing, and illustration to bring us an excellent trilogy of manuals. The first, on basic human anatomy, begins with the structural characteristics of bones and muscle mass. Hundreds of drawings illustrate both the underlying structure and the exterior of the face, torso, arms, legs, hands, and feet in a wide range of poses, complete with proper scientific terminology. The volumes on the male and female nude explore the artistic possibilities and particular problems of both sexes. The three books are limited in size and limited to the bodies of young, trim Caucasians. Nevertheless, they are a good start and will be useful in most public collections. Academic libraries may prefer Eliot Goldfinger's monumental (and more expensive) single volume, Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form (Oxford Univ., 1991).
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Text: English
Original Language: Italian

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This has helped me tremendously and I can't imagine what my skills were like before I started using this wonderful book.
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Every time I see a young person with interest and talent I feel I have to give them this beautiful work of art!
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 1997
Format: Paperback
Why is this book simply the finest reference book on human anatomy, you ask? Simple! Because it clearly and succinctly itemizes the various muscle and bones structures of the human body. It is detailed eoungh so that even the most experienced artist will find this reference material useful, yet it only emphasizes the details that are relevant to the artist so that even a novice can use this book. You simply cannot find another book on the market that itemizes the human anatomy in such a succinct and useful manner!

Beware: this is a reference guide of the human anatomy - that is, it does not "teach" how to draw the human anatomy. For beginners, I strongly reccommend pairing this reference material with a book that teaches the basic techniques of drawing the human anatomy. Ciao
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Rees on January 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
For many years, browsing the shelves of bookstores looking for something fresh proved to be a fruitless exercise. Then one day I came across this book and it made the long search worthwhile!
The strength of this title is evident from just the cover and inside it proved to be equally impressive. My preference for anatomy drawings is pencil on white paper and this delivers in spades. The reproduction is flawless, with a rare crispness that adds greatly to my enjoyment of the drawings.
Although only 87 pages long the clear, precise plates are a superb reference and the technical mastery of Civardi's drawing is a joy to behold and very inspirational.
I rate this as one of the must-have books in any artist's collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on October 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
I was fifteen when I bought this book from a local art store. I have always been interested in drawing people and this book was so helpful I couldn't even believe it. I have had it for about 3 and a half months and I have drawn nearly every thing in it twice. It is the perfect book to learn from and definetely helps you draw things more realistically and proportionally. This has helped me tremendously and I can't imagine what my skills were like before I started using this wonderful book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Bain on June 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
At only 87 pages, Giovanni Civardi's "Drawing Human Anatomy" is TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE of the subject covered over 50 years ago in "Atlas Of Human Anatomy For The Artist" by Stephen Rogers Peck, and since Peck's now classic text covers anatomy in 257 pages, it is difficult to pronounce Civardi's peremptory treatment of anatomy as a bargain and give it a many-star rating. It is not bad instruction or anything like that. What is there, is GOOD. It's just that when better books rate five stars, bargain books like this really aren't that much of a bargain. In art instruction, less is seldom "better". Some will give such a book a very high rating, perhaps not knowing what else is on the market.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Carracedo on January 2, 2014
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This book lets you understand the shapes that make up the human body so that you can interpret them in your paintings. Let's you understand details for a solid grounding of the human shape.
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This is an indispensable book for studying the human form! There are so many, and I have quite a collection, but this one is the "go to" book for me if I want to know where an arm is going to bulge when it picks up an object, what muscle flattens out in the leg or arm when it straightens…and on and on… Of course, Bridgeman's book is also great for info and rhythm and is widely used…but I use this book to fill in the gaps of details he doesn't cover and I feel are common sense to understand how a body changes with various actions. He gives you all the info…where the muscle connects and WHAT IT'S FUNCTION IS! The drawings are clear for relaying information, not to have a showy figure drawing book. What a great tool!
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I really enjoyed this book and still do, anytime I am hunting for inspiration on poses or just need some guidance for a certain pose I can normally flip through this book for referencing. Great tool and has tons of helpful tips and guides!
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By Acropolis on September 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
The combination of life drawings (with detailed cross hatching for emphasis) with anatomical diagrams is very useful. However, at least on pg. 38, I see something that escaped the watchful eyes of an editor. Here we see a red shape indicating the latissmus dorsi muscle labeled as the "pectoralis major." And then, the brief explanation of its function--"draws arm down and forwards from shoulder"--sounds like a description of what the pectoralis major does. However, the rest of that paragraph seems to describe what the l.d. does. This is from a page supposedly devoted to the back.

Again, I love the format of the entire book. But this one example doesn't speak well of the editing. There may be more mistakes like this one.
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