The Human Figure Paperback – Jun 1 1958
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From the Back Cover
The result is the only art instruction book which not only illustrates details of the body but directs your attention at every stage to a host of subtle points of shading, curvature, proportion, foreshortening, muscular tension, variations due to extreme age or youth, and both major and minor differences in the structure and representation of the male and female figure. Comprehensive discussions and drawings cover the eyes; nose, mouth and chin; ear; head, trunk, back and hips; neck, throat, and shoulder; shoulder and arm; hand and wrist; leg; foot; the complete figure; and other interdependent groups of structures. This is the human figure as the artist, art student, and art teacher must know it in order to avoid many deceptive errors unfortunately common in much modern portraiture, painting, and illustrative art.
Second edition, revised and enlarged. Foreword by George Bridgman.
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In The Human Figure, Vanderpoel analyzes every form on the figure of concern to the artist, from the point of view of the artist--in terms of planar structure, wedging and interlocking of forms, and the play of light and shadow. He points out common mistakes and misconceptions.
The book is not particularly long, but its thoroughness, use of anatomical terminology and occasionally long-winded writing style will surely put off beginners to the subject. Vanderpoel's work is best approached with at least a basic understanding of the bones and muscles, as the author suggests in his introduction. Taken under that condition, there is no other book quite like this one, and Vanderpoel's drawings alone should provide endless instruction to the patient student.
This book is a treasure at a time when such information is very hard to come by. Highly recommended.
For anatomical reference, I highly recommend: "Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing From Life" by George B. Bridgman, and "The Human Figure: An Anatomy for Artists" by David K. Rubins.
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I like this book because it's well illustrated, simple, approchable, well illustrated and inexpensive.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was my teacher's recommendation so I got it. But due to old English and poor quality of the print, I don't feel like reading, I had same feeling with Bridgman's books,... Read morePublished on March 8 2013 by Mickey
This is an elegant, eloquent little book. I'm a professional illustrator and sculptor, from a family of artists, and I find this small book stands out among the many references... Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003