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Drawing & Painting Hands & Feet Paperback – May 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823014665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823014668
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,537,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

"Hands and feet are not difficult," counsels Robert E. Fairley, author of Drawing and Painting Hands and Feet, "but they do require acute observation and thinking. If you follow the exercises in this book your skills will improve, and you will start to think about your work in a fresh way." Fairley begins by exploring the structure and anatomy of hands and feet, and offers several exercises for understanding muscles in movement. The next section is composed entirely of exercises in drawing hands and feet. The author employs a refreshingly wide array of media, including charcoal and graphite, ink, silverpoint, and pastels. Several of the exercises are composed using one's own hands and feet as models. Fairley's passion for his subject comes alive in these simple exercises as he stresses and masterfully illustrates the inherent energy and expressiveness of hands and feet in movement and repose. He ends the book by exploring how to incorporate hands and feet in a natural way into one's painting, and shows his works in acrylic, watercolor, and oil by way of illustration. --Mary Ribesky

From Library Journal

It's rare to find good, comprehensive books on drawing the anatomy. Each of these the first, the return of a classic; the second, a focused study; and the third, lessons from the masters deserves a place on library shelves. Bridgman was a legendary teacher at New York's Art Students' League. There, he originated a system of drawing known as "constructive anatomy." In 1952, his seven books on anatomy were gathered into one volume, which became a standard work at art schools and universities. Published now for the first time in paperback, it holds up as an indispensable volume, with more than 200 illustrations of hands and hundreds of images of arms, shoulders, heads, torsos, legs, knees, and feet. Fairley's book concentrates on those troublesome extremities hands and feet. Sketchbook exercises are followed by eight detailed painting demonstrations in watercolor, oil, and other media. Fairley then continues on to portraits in which variations in age, skin tone, composition, mood, and movement are integrated. Advanced students will find Hale and Coyle's Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters a rich source of inspiration. Hale, like Bridgman, was one of the great teachers at the Art Students' League. His student, Coyle, gathered together Hale's famous lectures to produce this compendium. Hale drew on principles found in 100 masterpieces by such artists as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rubens, Raphael, D?rer, Titian, and Rembrandt. In 1995, Giovanni Civardi's trilogy Drawing Human Anatomy (Sterling, 1995), Drawing the Female Nude (Sterling, 1995), and Drawing the Male Nude (LJ 3/15/96. o.p.) reached a high standard for good, basic books in this genre. These three surpass Civardi's works and are highly recommended for serious artists and comprehensive library collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
Why not just take pictures of hands and feet to study from yourself. How about trying some anatomy books. I didn't find this book offered anything of real value in assisting with the ability to draw hands and feet at all. If you want to better understand how to draw hands get the book Drawing Dynamic Hands by Hogarth. His books actually assist one in gaining a better understanding of how to draw the human figure even if you don't want to draw in his style.
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By Joseph Nicholas on June 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was very disappointed with this book. I purchased it because of the "painting" aspect. However, I found the painting section contained some demos of figure paintings, but with little or no emphasis, focus, or detail on how to paint hands. The title is grossly misleading by including the term "Painting".
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I am relatively new to drawing and painting. I am finding this book very helpful, particularly the exercises but also the points of reference. I think that beginners and artists who have had difficulty with hands and feet would get a good foundation from this book. I am using other anatomy books including basic anatomy as well as some specifically aimed at artists. This is one of the better ones I have found over the past year or so. I am more keen on the drawing part of the book. The book includes many different positions of hands and feet and also children's and babies hands and feet. The index and table of contents are helpful.

While the painting section is ok, it's just not as useful to me. It could have done with more close up painting examples with more zoom in on even more hands in different positions. The whole figure paintings are useful and good to include for context just not as helpful as those coupled with many[ more zoom ins.

I have also found Drawing the Head and Figure (Perigee) and [ASIN:0764156039 Anatomy for the Artist (All About Techniques Series)]] especially grounding.

In general I wish that drawing and painting tutorials were bound differently - with heavy duty wire spiral - or could otherwise be laid open easily for reference without compromising the binding (I sometimes break the binding of my sketch and reference tutorial books to lay them open when I am using them thinking that perhaps one day I will go to Kinko's or other printer to have it rebound in heavy duty spiral).
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