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Drawing the Living Figure : A Complete Guide to Surface Anatomy

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"Joseph Sheppard has been favorably compared to practically every Renaissance master...he is without peer among modern realists for his ability to impart a warm verisimilitude to the figure." -- Artspeak magazine.
In this highly praised guidebook, Joseph Sheppard, a versatile and influential artist and teacher who is widely recognized as a master of figure drawing, introduces an innovative approach to drawing the human form. Beginning by reviewing the basics of anatomy, he makes his principal focus the specifics of surface anatomy.
Rather than depicting in detail the muscles and bone that lie beneath the skin, as do most books on artistic anatomy, this book concentrates on how the position and movement of muscles and bones affect the surface forms of live models. The effects are masterfully demonstrated in over 170 of Joseph Sheppard's own drawings of many different live models in front, back, and side views, and in various standing, sitting, kneeling, crouching, reclining, and twisting poses.
Each drawing is accompanied by two diagrams, one for bones, one for muscles, which specifically show how surface forms are created by the definitive shapes beneath the skin. The superb quality of Joseph Sheppard's drawings, the wide range of poses he illustrates, and the effectiveness of his approach in this book -- now in its first paperback edition -- will help artists at all levels improve and refine their skills in drawing the living figure.
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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 211 x 284 x 12mm | 414g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0486267237
  • 9780486267234
  • 115,234

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"Joseph Sheppard has been favorably compared to practically every Renaissance master...he is without peer among modern realists for his ability to impart a warm verisimilitude to the figure."--Artspeak magazine.
In this highly praised guidebook, Joseph Sheppard, a versatile and influential artist and teacher who is widely recognized as a master of figure drawing, introduces an innovative approach to drawing the human form. Beginning by reviewing the basics of anatomy, he makes his principal focus the specifics of surface anatomy.
Rather than depicting in detail the muscles and bone that lie beneath the skin, as do most books on artistic anatomy, this book concentrates on how the position and movement of muscles and bones affect the surface forms of live models. The effects are masterfully demonstrated in over 170 of Joseph Sheppard's own drawings of many different live models in front, back, and side views, and in various standing, sitting, kneeling, crouching, reclining, and twisting poses.
Each drawing is accompanied by two diagrams, one for bones, one for muscles, which specifically show how surface forms are created by the definitive shapes beneath the skin. The superb quality of Joseph Sheppard's drawings, the wide range of poses he illustrates, and the effectiveness of his approach in this book--now in its first paperback edition--will help artists at all levels improve and refine their skills in drawing the living figure.
Dover (1991) unabridged republication of the edition published by Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1984.
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Table of contents

INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER ONE. REVIEW OF ANATOMY
"MALE FIGURE, FRONT VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, FRONT VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, FRONT VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, FRONT VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, BACK VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, BACK VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, BACK VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, BACK VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, SIDE VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, SIDE VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, SIDE VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, SIDE VIEW"
CHAPTER TWO. STANDING FIGURE
"MALE FIGURE, FRONT VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, FRONT VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, BACK VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, BACK VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, THREE-QUARTER VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, THREE-QUARTER VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, SIDE VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, SIDE VIEW"
CHAPTER THREE. SEATED FIGURE
"MALE FIGURE, FRONT VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, FRONT VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, BACK VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, BACK VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, THREE-QUARTER VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, THREE-QUARTER VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, SIDE VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, SIDE VIEW"
CHAPTER FOUR. KNEELING FIGURE
"MALE FIGURE, FRONT VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, FRONT VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, BACK VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, BACK VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, THREE-QUARTER VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, THREE-QUARTER VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, SIDE VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, SIDE VIEW"
CHAPTER FIVE. CROUCHING FIGURE
"MALE FIGURE, FRONT VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, FRONT VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, BACK VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, BACK VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, THREE-QUARTER VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, THREE-QUARTER VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, SIDE VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, SIDE VIEW"
CHAPTER SIX. RECLINING FIGURE
"MALE FIGURE, FRONT VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, FRONT VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, BACK VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, BACK VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, FACE UP"
"FEMALE FIGURE, FACE UP"
"MALE FIGURE, FACE DOWN"
"FEMALE FIGURE, FACE DOWN"
CHAPTER SEVEN. TWISTING FIGURE
"MALE FIGURE, FRONT VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, FRONT VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, BACK VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, BACK VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, THREE-QUARTER VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, THREE-QUARTER VIEW"
"MALE FIGURE, SIDE VIEW"
"FEMALE FIGURE, SIDE VIEW"
SUGGESTED READING
INDEX
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This innovative approach focuses upon the specifics of surface anatomy. 177 of Sheppard's drawings...
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