Synopses & Reviews
Open the covers of The Big Book of Drawing and Painting the Figure
and you will feel as if you've just walked into a sketch class. With more than 500 illustrations, including photographs of male and female models in a wide range of poses as well as beautiful finished paintings, drawings, and sculptures, numerous step-by-step demonstrations, and instructional diagrams, this book is the most comprehensive resource available on rendering the human figure.
The book begins with fascinating history of the human figure in art, from prehistoric cave paintings to Renaissance frescoes to works by twentieth-century masters. Next, a section on artistic anatomy clearly and simply explains proportion, skeletal and muscle structure, and the body in motion. The heart of the book is devoted to every aspect of depicting the figure: sketching the model using various techniques and mediums; choosing, posing, and lighting the model; establishing good compositions and making studies; drawing the model in different poses; color relationships and harmonies; and creating figure paintings in watercolor, oil, and pastel. Throughout the book, lessons are reinforced with detailed demonstrations by various artists working in a wide range of mediums and styles, giving readers a clear sense of how many different ways there are to approach the figure.
In terms of breadth, teaching level, and illustration quality, this book covers its subject more thoroughly than any other and will be welcomed by artists of all skill levels seeking good, solid instruction in the art of the figure.
The latest addition to the popular Big Book series, this volume will inspire every artist, working in every medium, who wants to include human figures in his or her artwork. Over 500 full-color illustrations.
About the Author
Muntsa Calbó i Angrill is a native of Barcelona, Spain. She holds a degree in fine arts and works with the editorial staff of Parramón Ediciones.