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Art Models 4: Life Nude Photos for the Visual Arts (Art Models series) Multimedia CD – September 1, 2009
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In Art Models 2, the authors focus on classically inspired poses and cite their reference (i.e., "The Implorer" Rodin, 1900, On Disk: mandy017; and "Torso with a Twist," A Red Ink study by Michelangelo, circa 1510 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, On Disk: jim013. Etc.).
In Art Models 3 and 4, the authors: include props (invaluable when an artist has to be sensitive to and understand the dynamics of the slightest muscle shift and its effect on the fulcrum; one grid page and one non-grid page with the same pose (an important aid when something about the image just doesn't look right); 24 angles of the same pose for 360 degree views; and two-model poses which aids in spatial relationships.
The series serves exactly what the authors intended; that is, a reference to work from, independently creating (drawing, painting, sculpting) from the suggested poses in the books/CDs. My first choice will always be to work from a live model because cameras lie and distort by reinterpreting what our eyes see. Photographers reinterpret what the camera sees. And the inks necessary for printed publications, again, reinterpret the image tones. As an example, in terms of inches, our feet are larger than our heads. The camera doesn't see this and the feet look suspiciously too small; all the figures are imbued with a luscious warm body tone which in reality our shadow areas, at the turning point, shifts into a slightly cool range. To have everything in a warm tone tends to flatten the image. These are camera and printer's ink issues; but, this knowledge is important when planning to please a client.
Art Models 3: Life Nude Photos for the Visual Arts (Art Models series) (No. 3)Art Models: Life Nudes for Drawing Painting and SculptingArt Models 4: Life Nude Photos for the Visual Arts (Art Models series)
I would say, all in all, if you are an artist, it is a boon to have this book, and although I do prefer live models, in a pinch and for very little money, you can be secure in the knowledge that numerous models are right in your studio, virtually sitting on your bookshelf, and those photos within can be expanded or contracted to a variety of sizes and with very solid, clear resolution. I often use a Projector for enlarging to life size or larger, after I make the initial drawing from the Model.
I own books 3, & 4 and will soon order 5 and I highly recommend this system. I give them 4.5 stars.
While the poses in the Kindle version are clear and useful, buyer beware, you are not getting 360 HD pics. I guess the price WAS to good to be true. Instead what you get are like 4-5 med-resolution shots of each pose. You actually have to BUY the companion CD. This should be stated a little more clearly, as it turns out, the description is only describing the CD. I assumed, like any other e-book, that the download would come with the e-book. If I had known, I would have saved my money and picked up a hardback reference book from the local book store for the same price.