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The Human Figure: A Photographic Reference for Artists 1st Edition
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I will echo the other comments of past reviewers: the book is good but needed to have a greater variety of models, a better layout of photographs and an honest-to-goodness nude male model. People come in all shapes and sizes and colors and a greater range of people and poses would have been more helpful. The photographs are laid out at all different angles, meaning you have to move the book all over just to LOOK at which photo you'd like to sketch. Finally, the male is wearing an athletic supporter that interrupts the lines of his body. This is not a terribly big concern, but it's annoying and silly looking nonetheless. If one paid their money to sketch a live male model, you can bet he wouldn't be sporting something as ridiculous looking as a jock strap. Is this some sort of penis fear on behalf of the author?? Certainly there's nothing erotic about these poses and I doubt that anyone looking to be titillated would spend the money for an artists' reference book...
There are other references that are better (or at least more varied or not requiring the reader to stand on their heads to read it), but if you're collecting model books, this is worth adding to your collection.
It doesn't have the variety or sheer number of options available in the *pose file* series but quite a few pictures are fairly large in this book which is very nice. If you do find a shot that works for you than this is a very nice book to have.
I think this would be a good adjunt book if you already own several. I wouldn't make this your only figure book or your first one...unless you happen on it and find a figure in here that you wish to draw. this book isn't an instuction book on how to draw as much as it is a nude figure reference.
I would not be interested in owning this book if it weren't for the various shots of different faces at different angles, hands, older and younger models, etc. Drawing children is incredibly difficult, the proportions of their bodies and faces are different from adults. It's very frustrating if you are working on a piece that requires children, especially if you have no children of your own to model for you, and going to public places to sketch or take reference photos of children will get you suspicious looks from parents. A nude child is NOT sexually provocative, and none of the other poses by the adults in this book are provocative either. I do wish there were more full-body poses of models besides the young adult male and female model, but you can't have everything in a single volume. The male model's jock strap is silly, especially considering there is no such censoring garment for the female model - underlining the silly belief in western society that female nudity is acceptable, but male nudity is taboo. It doesn't get too much in the way if you just need a generic pose reference. There are also some shots of the male posed with a stick, holding it similar to a shovel or other such prop (Can't recall if there are similar poses with the female), which is also helpful if you need to draw a character in action. Certainly no equal to having a real live model, but a good alternative in a pinch.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I lost my copy of this book ...in my move back to my hometown after my husband passed away. I had bought it many years ago and thought I'd never find another copy anywhere... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sherry Shelton
Awkward layout , I am taking pictures to study from the book. The book is not well layout out and not easy to turn pages or keep on a flat surface properly. Read morePublished 9 months ago by qq
As a painter and sculptor I needed to have a reference when no models are available. Good to have in the library.Published on February 7, 2014 by stevie
I purchased "Human Figure: A Photographical Reference for Artists" when it first appeared in the book stores. Yep, I've had it that long. Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by Wilhelmina Zeitgeist
But I am not very happy with the quality of the book as stated. Instead of getting this book I have previously owned and lost I opted to get a used book instead of a new one after... Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by S. Atwell
People here are giving this book too little credit. This book is not (in my opinion) intended for reference to make full rendered paintings. Read morePublished on June 3, 2011 by lovefullofpie
Pretty old book. The fact that the woman is buck naked but the guy wears a jock strap should tell you how old this thing is. Read morePublished on March 28, 2011 by S. Caraballo
Lots of varied poses, mostly full or half-page sizes, of the nude woman and partly clad male shown on the cover. Read morePublished on April 23, 2010 by Alaskaguy
I've seen this book before in a regular binding - the spiral binding is far easier to use, make copies from, etc. Read morePublished on July 10, 2009 by Michael P. Perlman