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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (Oct. 2 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823099911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823099917
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.4 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 721 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #237,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Mark Edward Smith's photographs
have been featured in many prestigious
publications, including the New
York Times
. The photographer for
The Figure in Motion and The Nude
, he lives and works
in Venice, Italy.

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The book has some useful poses, that are good for practice. The author though retains all copy rights that does not allow an artist to sell his own art work from the images in this book. which makes it useless to me. Images would have been good reference(I just cannot justify using them in my paintings if the opportunity arises for me to sell the piece of artwork). So the book looks good but is useless for any serious artist.
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great poses
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HASH(0x9c8cff84) out of 5 stars Is this book really necessary? Dec 2 2007
By Rico Lebrun - Published on
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I own and have used in the distant past Mr. Smiths previous books on the figure. I used them in place of unavailable models back in the day. It might seem that this type of book is a bit obsolete, what with the availability of images on the internet. And there are a few images on the net. The problem with 99.999999% of those images is the reason they were created. The interest of pornographers (soft or hardcore) is arousal. The lighting used is more often than not shot with a ring flash, the result being maximum exposure of the notty bits in a not unpleasant image and not much more. What this book provides, as best a photo can, is good lighting used to show off the form. Not easy to do well. The models are all in color. If one wanted another facet toward drawing mastery, I would hightly recomend this book as a workshop. Do some layovers with tracing paper on the actual images drawing the muscles and important boney points. And then draw from the figure. Drawing from the live model is important in learning to draw well, but not everyone has that opportunity. This is another great way toward that goal. Don't listen to those blowhards who say you cannot create good work from photographs. Eakins thought he could and many consider him one of our greatest American artists. There you go. Buy the book. Have fun!!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef449e4) out of 5 stars An invaluable reference. Jan. 9 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
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Over two hundred color photos by photographer Mark Edward Smith capture women of all types in a range of classic poses, both traditional full-body and with close-ups of hands and feet as well. Accompanying these photos are an organization by type of pose, which allows for a quick visual reference for photographers. Any collection appealing to photographers and artists will find THE NUDE FEMALE FIGURE: A VISUAL REFERENCE FOR THE ARTIST an invaluable reference.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef42b28) out of 5 stars Not bad ... could be better and more varied. Jan. 7 2008
By Burton Houck - Published on
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The photos are well done and there is some variety in the body types and ethnicities of the models. The hand shots were very good and a few shots of the models were exceptional. I would, however, prefer a bit more variation in the models and I would KILL for some single light source photos to draw and paint from for practice. But overall ... not bad.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef4299c) out of 5 stars excelent source bood April 10 2008
By John Gronning - Published on
Format: Paperback
this is a great resource book for those artists who do not have the time or money to be able to meet up with a figure drawing group. Also it is good if you do not know of a local group to join.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d764408) out of 5 stars add another to the library Sept. 9 2008
By Corsetra, costumer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have the Author's previous book and when I saw his new one I had to have it.
I love that a few of the models are more "real sized" as most books tend to only have athletic or thin shaped women.
I love the pregnant figgure section as always.
The hands and feet are a real treat.