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Realistic Figure Drawing : Joseph Sheppard
"Although I paint and sculpt just about every subject, my real joy is in, and my best work is of, the human figure. So it was very natural, when I started to teach, that I should teach a course in life drawing.
Many of the drawings in this book I did in the life class, working along with the students. They are drawings of either two-minute or twenty-minute poses. I selected them from about ten years work.
The drawings in this book are arranged first by position, standing, sitting, kneeling, and then by viewpoints, front, back and side. I discuss each drawing in much the same way that I would if I were teaching my class.
Each drawing dictates what should be said about it. In one section, for example, I might talk about the wrist because it is prominent in a particular drawing, and then not mention the wrist again until another chapter, where it again becomes important."
In the course of discussing the many positions and viewpoints shown in this book, most of the important aspects of drawing the figure are covered: anatomical points, proportion, attitudes and weight distribution, rendering, variations and types, foreshortening, the figure in motion, and whatever else might arise.
A traditional approach to drawing the figure taught through hundreds of Sheppard's classical, timeless figure drawings. 144 pages, 200 black & white illustrations.