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Drawing and painting figure by Stan Smith and Linda Wheeler

Since prehistoric times, people of every age and culture had been impelled to create lasting images of themselves and their fellows; the human figures is as compelling a subject now as it has always been. It is one of the most important and complex forms for both professional and amateur artists to master, providing a unique challenge to every artist.
With a wide selection of illustrations from both the past and the present, photographs of paintings and drawings in progress and enlightening step-by-step examples. DRAWING AND PAINTING THE FIGURE explains a variety of techniques which may be used to represent the figure in different media. The introduction surveys the development of figure painting and the reasons for changing conventions from Ancient Egyptian times to the twentieth century, with examples drawn from the work of Giotto, Leonardo, van Eyck and Manet, among others.
The first four chapters combine historical information about the methods used by some of the Old Masters with practical reference for the modern artist. The human anatomy is described in specific detail in the first chapter, which emphasizes the importance of understanding the structure and the proportions of the body. The qualities of the skin and the properties of cloth are discussed in the second chapter, which shows how clothing and drapery can affect form and how they can be exploited.


Large hard cover with dj, good condition, 1983 160 page, small tear/crease in jacket


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