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Drawing the Human Body: An Anatomical Guide Paperback – June 1, 2001


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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; 1st edition (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080695891X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806958910
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.6 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Civardi and Constance take two entirely different approaches to drawing the human form. Civardi's is a detailed, classical manual, informed by his study at the Faculty of Medicine, Milan, and his teaching of sculpture and drawing. He describes each part of the skeleton and each muscle, using frontal, lateral, and dorsal projections. Academic libraries will want this unless they already own Civardi's previous trilogy, Drawing Human Anatomy, Drawing the Female Nude, and Drawing the Male Nude (LJ 3/15/96). Constance's book is a more lively and accessible volume, progressing nicely from quick-pose sketches to more ambitious interpretations of both the character and the form of the person one is drawing. Constance covers a variety of media and explores light and shadow, clothing and drapery, and varying perspectives. Her use of cropping, pastels, collage, and monotypes attest to her preference for creative expression over accuracy. The result is an outstanding book for public libraries. For an advanced book appropriate for both academic and public libraries, see Robert Beverly Hale and Terence Coyle's Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters (LJ 7/01).
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By ErDravn on August 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was in the book store looking for a figure drawing book, but every book I would pick up either had a very small amount of figures to draw from, or the drawings themself were poorly done. I was lucky enough to come across this book. The figures in this book are amazing with great attention to detail. From the first page to the last it is filled with just about any pose you can think of.
I also liked the way the book went into the specifics of the hand, feet, and face, legs, arms etc. and shows many differnt variations. It is also very well balenced in showing both male a female figures.
The wording in the book can somtimes seem very clinical but it is very informative on human anatomy. I would definatly recommend this to anyone looking for a book to use as a reference for anatomy and is trying to learn how to draw the body in differnt poses.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
On flicking through this book I was struck by the detail on the soles of the feet. This was just a random page that opened and it was so real, with numbered lines pointing out what to look for as the foot moved into different positions. In reading the preface there is a quote "everyone sees what they have learned to see" and this was definitely the case for me. I have already spent some time just looking at the sketches, fascinated by the different detail as the body, both male and female, arms, legs, hands, face, etc are moved. There is detailed information as to the differences we should look for between the male and female form when drawing the human form. A great resource book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 2003
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I was prompted to write a review after reading the 'one star' review by Artshogun titled 'don't believe the hype'. That review was extremely unbalanced.
Civardi is a gifted artist who has authored some valuable books, primarily on figure drawing. However, this book has one major flaw which is not the fault of the artist. Most of the reproductions are extremely faint, using less than half of the available dynamic range of the printing process. Consequently you must have good vision (which I don't) and plenty of light to get something out of this book. There is no excuse for this and it's the fault of the publisher. If any book requires clarity then it's one that deals with the often-subtle tonal variations required to depict the human form.
Artshogun claims Civardi has 'failed to maintain accurate proportions' on many of the figures. I see no obvious errors of proportion.
Artshogun also states that the 'sausage-smooth approach to rendering his figures...has squashed the life and movement out of them'. It is true that the poor reproduction has had a severe flattening effect on many of the drawings. However, this is not really a book on drawing technique, or portraying the human form expressively. Instead it uses pencil to capture valuable anatomical information in an simple, elegant and unaffected way. To quote from the foreword by the artist. "Instead of expressively interpreting the form, I preferred to document it using a rather neutral, almost linear art style."
While Civardi's 'linear hatching' rendering technique may not be your cup of tea (Civardi has a broad range of drawing styles, which can be seen in many of his other books, which focus more on expression.), it is without question clear, consistent, and informative.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 2001
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For somereason Giovanni Civardi reminds me of a re-encarnated Leanardo Michealangalo. He is that good, I tell you! It gives illustrations from different poses of the male and female body, from the trunk, the head, the legs, the feet, the hands, and the chest!This book is, so far, the best anatomy book I've read yet! If you want to learn anatomy, get this book! And the price is worth it too! Must get!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. F. Curran on February 19, 2006
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This guide shows you how to shade both male and female bodies in detail from almost every angle. That is, you can find out how to shade in whatever muscle or bones you need to. Don't read the text unless your a med or bio student--who cares what anything is called. I haven't found a single guide like it. If a shoulder I'm painting doesn't look right I can open this book, find an appropriate example, and fix the problem.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Afforo on March 25, 2005
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I bought this book 'round August '04 due to the fact that I was in love with the book. I was new to art and liked the artist's crisscrossing technique. The book is not useful if you are trying to learn how to draw the human body, other books can cover that. The book in my opinion is a reference book due to his over complicated pictures which are nice to refer to when drawing the body. I drew every picture in this book with no guide except for the boring writing on the side, which I stopped at page 32 or something. What I like most ' bout this book is the pictures depicting the hands because I feel the artist does an excellent job on making the hands look real life even if it is the crisscross technique; it still looks good. If you are looking for a book that teaches anatomy with real life drawing this book will do that since it has a tone of pictures and scientific text which not too many readers will enjoy. If you are looking for a good book that teaches you how to draw the human figure I would suggest "The Figure", by Walt Reed. I just purchased the book yesterday and I can say that in about 3 pages I am really getting better!!!!!!! In all, "Drawing the Human Body: An Anatomical Approach", is a reference book for anatomy and that's the reason why it is staying in my at home library of book which is not a bad reason at all. If you are looking for help when it comes to purchasing art books I follow Bruce R. Bain's reviews on this site due to the fact that he has read a fair amount of art related books.
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