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Art of Drawing: Drawing Pets
Dogs, Cats, Horses and Other Animals. Art of Drawing
Giovanni Civardi has built a formidable reputation worldwide for his skills as both an artist and a teacher, and here he provides a unique introduction to the art of drawing pets. The focus of the book is very much on Giovanni's exquisite drawings of a broad range of animals, including cats, dogs, horses, chickens, rabbits and birds, in a variety of poses. There are sections on perspective, anatomy, form, structure and movement, and techniques. Civardi also shares pages from his sketchbook depicting dogs, chickens, cattle, cats and horses and the book ends with a section devoted to the drawings he made in the Natural History Museum, Milan. The accompanying text provides concise, clearly written explanations of the subject, including materials, equipment and practical considerations, and the author's in-depth knowledge of the subject is apparent throughout. This is therefore an ideal introduction to drawing pets for the absolute beginner, as well as a source of information and inspiration for artists of all abilities.
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I really don't think there's a subject that Giovanni Civardi can't, won't or shouldn't turn his hand to. This is a wonderful collection of animal drawings that just burst with life, and he passes the horse test with flying colours (horses being one of the most difficult subjects and the easiest to get wrong). In fact the drawing on page 44 of a farrier shoeing a horse is about the most complex subject you can get. Once again, this isn't a full instruction manual, but rather a series of drawings and short demonstrations that lead by example. I'm not generally a fan of copying, though I know it works for a lot of people, but I really would recommend that you try to reproduce some of what's here. It'll be a tall order, but you'll learn more by doing this than from almost anything else. * Artbookreview.net * Sept 12
Popular author and teacher Giovanni Civardi's books provide good introductions to each subject with clear illustrations and concise text. Opening with chapters on perspective, anatomy, form, structure, movement and drawing techniques, Drawing Pets looks in particular at dogs, chickens, cattle, cats and horses as well as a section on Giovanni's wildlife sketchbook based on drawings from the Natural History Museum in Milan. These books are more sketchbooks than how-to-do-it books, but there's much to be learnt from studying the work of this popular artist. * Leisure Painter, The *