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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823099911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823099917
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Edward Smith's photographs
have been featured in many prestigious
publications, including the New
York Times
. The photographer for
The Figure in Motion and The Nude
Figure
, he lives and works
in Venice, Italy.

Customer Reviews

This will be a valuable resource for me as an artist from now on.
kathleen
There aren't any figure drawing workshops in my area, so this book is great in that it shows a variety of women in all shapes and sizes in tons of poses.
Laura Rieckmann
My major problem with this book and books like this one is no real variation of body types or anything really new or inspiring.
MEB

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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Rico Lebrun on December 2, 2007
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I own and have used in the distant past Mr. Smiths previous books on the figure. I used them in place of unavailable models back in the day. It might seem that this type of book is a bit obsolete, what with the availability of images on the internet. And there are a few images on the net. The problem with 99.999999% of those images is the reason they were created. The interest of pornographers (soft or hardcore) is arousal. The lighting used is more often than not shot with a ring flash, the result being maximum exposure of the notty bits in a not unpleasant image and not much more. What this book provides, as best a photo can, is good lighting used to show off the form. Not easy to do well. The models are all in color. If one wanted another facet toward drawing mastery, I would hightly recomend this book as a workshop. Do some layovers with tracing paper on the actual images drawing the muscles and important boney points. And then draw from the figure. Drawing from the live model is important in learning to draw well, but not everyone has that opportunity. This is another great way toward that goal. Don't listen to those blowhards who say you cannot create good work from photographs. Eakins thought he could and many consider him one of our greatest American artists. There you go. Buy the book. Have fun!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 9, 2008
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Over two hundred color photos by photographer Mark Edward Smith capture women of all types in a range of classic poses, both traditional full-body and with close-ups of hands and feet as well. Accompanying these photos are an organization by type of pose, which allows for a quick visual reference for photographers. Any collection appealing to photographers and artists will find THE NUDE FEMALE FIGURE: A VISUAL REFERENCE FOR THE ARTIST an invaluable reference.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Burton Houck on January 7, 2008
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The photos are well done and there is some variety in the body types and ethnicities of the models. The hand shots were very good and a few shots of the models were exceptional. I would, however, prefer a bit more variation in the models and I would KILL for some single light source photos to draw and paint from for practice. But overall ... not bad.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Gronning on April 10, 2008
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this is a great resource book for those artists who do not have the time or money to be able to meet up with a figure drawing group. Also it is good if you do not know of a local group to join.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Corsetra, costumer on September 9, 2008
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I have the Author's previous book and when I saw his new one I had to have it.
I love that a few of the models are more "real sized" as most books tend to only have athletic or thin shaped women.
I love the pregnant figgure section as always.
The hands and feet are a real treat.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 7, 2008
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I had a need for a reference of body structure. The book I selected was exactly what I needed. I will keep this book forever and will be able to use it many times. I was very satisfied with this book.
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By Ben Fox on March 31, 2013
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This is a great book. It shows off the female to her best degree. When it says that it is a resource for the artist, it is meant that way. I love this book and not for the reason you might think. I love to draw with all of my heart. When I did get a drive to draw, I wanted to draw the female. This book does not create arousal, it is purely a book to help the fellow artist with the need to use these photos as a helpful guide to learn.

If you want to draw females, than this is the best place to do it. It gives you the resource to draw every contour so your drawings can be just right. I did buy this book a year ago and I looked at the pictures, it gives the artist several poses to learn from and I love this book. I always wanted to draw the female and this is the best resource to do that. There are several sections that the book covers so you'll get the best understanding of the female form.

It is a great drawing book to come back to again and again in accordance to the interest in the female form. These photos are sure to make anyone a better artist in no time. In fact, I see myself becoming a better artist every day because of this book. It is a great resource that one shouldn't be without.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Monique Berghuis on February 17, 2008
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The pictures are well taken and very usefull for art study, to use as models for paintings and other art.
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