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Drawing Human Anatomy

By (author) Giovanni Civardi
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Search Press Ltd, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Published: 17th May 2018
Dimensions: w 210mm h 295mm d 6mm
Weight: 360g
ISBN-10: 1782216057
ISBN-13: 9781782216056
Barcode No: 9781782216056
From the bestselling, world-renowned artist Giovanni Civardi comes this latest edition of his concise guide to drawing the human form. To become a successful artist in figure drawing, it is essential to understand the inner workings of the human body. In Drawing Human Anatomy, Civardi breaks down the body into its component parts and examines the skeletal, muscular and articular systems, enabling the reader to create anatomically correct drawings of the human form. Beginning with easy-to-follow notes on bone structure, movement and muscle structure, along with practical hints on life drawing, the book explores our inner mechanics through careful analyses and diagrams. These are accompanied by numerous examples of Civardi's outstanding drawings, making this an invaluable resource for artists of all abilities.

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I always have to check the copyright dates very carefully with Giovanni's books, as new editions are starting to come out. This one goes back to 1990, but the pages have a fresh feel to them that makes me pretty sure it's a complete re-working. The older books were often of a smaller format as well so, all things being equal, I'm going to treat this as new. Even if you have a well-thumbed 28 year old copy, you might still want to have a look at this.

Giovanni deals with skeletal and muscular structures and looks at various components - heads, hands, arms, feet - in detail. He also shows how the body performs at rest, in action and under stress. It's probably worth noting that most of the gendered figures are male and I'd say that the muscle illustrations probably are as well.

A lot of books on anatomy are either aimed at, or are at least suitable for, the medical student. This is aimed firmly at the artist and is all the better for that. * * This revised edition of Giovanni Civardi's 1995 original puts it on a level with his more recent output. It has all the hallmarks of having been completely re-originated and there is a welcome crispness and clarity to the illustrations. Even if you have a well-used original, this would be worth a look. The structure is simple enough, with body parts and musculature appearing in both tensed and relaxed poses. Sidebars show how bones and tendons relate to the outer appearance and, although this gives an inevitable slightly medical feel, the book is firmly rooted in the territory of the artist. It is worth pointing out that most of the gender is not obvious, the weight of musculature suggests that these are similar. Giovanni's books are always well presented and this, concise as ever, is an excellent primer in what can be a complex subject. -- Henry Malt * The Artist, October 2018 *