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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).
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"Drawing the Human Body: An Anatomical Guide" by Giovanni Civardi comprises an indispensible book for any non-human artist looking to produce two-dimensional representations of the... Read morePublished on February 9, 2005 by joelalderman
[The difficulty with the reviewing system is that so many reviewers approach a book title without comparative knowledge of other books on the subject. Read morePublished on June 28, 2004 by Amazon Customer
This book is overpriced and poorly drawn. This illustrator favors the sausage-smooth approach to rendering his figures and has squashed the life and movement out of them. Read morePublished on July 9, 2002
Very helpful and complimenting to other anatomy guides for artists , I got many new tips and pointers out of this book which also cover subjects some other books skip .Published on January 6, 2002 by Gil
This book uses cross-hatching as a way to shade and model body parts. It's delightful but distracting.Published on September 17, 2001