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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 17 May 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216056
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 210x295 mm
  • Illustrations: 250
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: £9.99
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Drawing Human Anatomy


by Giovanni Civardi

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' A difficult subject is made accessible by Civardi's fine drawings and the book provides an invaluable resource to artists of all levels.' Leisure Painter

'Giovanni's books are always well-presented and this, concise as ever, is an excellent primer in what can be a complex subject.' The Artist

A beautifully visual and informative guide to drawing the human form, from the bestselling and renowned Italian life-drawer Giovanni Civardi.

From the bestselling, world-renowned artist Giovanni Civardi comes this latest edition of his concise guide to drawing the human form.

To become a successful artist in figure drawing, it is essential to understand the inner workings of the human body. In Drawing Human Anatomy, Civardi breaks down the body into its component parts and examines the skeletal, muscular and articular systems, enabling the reader to create anatomically correct drawings of the human form. Beginning with easy-to-follow notes on bone structure, movement and muscle structure, along with practical hints on life drawing, the book explores our inner mechanics through careful analyses and diagrams. These are accompanied by numerous examples of Civardi’s outstanding drawings, making this an invaluable resource for artists of all abilities.

About the Author

About Giovanni Civardi

Giovanni Civardi was born in Milan in 1947. While training to become a sculptor, portrait artist and illustrator at the Free Life-Study School of the Accademia di Brera, he also studied medicine and surgery. For over a decade, he worked as an illustrator, producing commissions for newspapers, magazines and book covers. During frequent trips to France and Denmark, Civardi put on one-man exhibitions of this work and pursued his interest in studying the relationship between medical anatomy and the human form as depicted by the artist. His experience gained from teaching anatomy, life drawing and portraiture in schools and institutions over many years has led to the publication of numerous books in which Civardi's experiences are brought into focus.

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The Artist, October 2018

This revised edition of Giovanni Civardi's 1995 original puts it on a level with his more recent output. It has all the hallmarks of having been completely re-originated and there is a welcome crispness and clarity to the illustrations. Even if you have a well-used original, this would be worth a look. The structure is simple enough, with body parts and musculature appearing in both tensed and relaxed poses. Sidebars show how bones and tendons relate to the outer appearance and, although this gives an inevitable slightly medical feel, the book is firmly rooted in the territory of the artist. It is worth pointing out that most of the gender is not obvious, the weight of musculature suggests that these are similar. Giovanni's books are always well presented and this, concise as ever, is an excellent primer in what can be a complex subject.

I always have to check the copyright dates very carefully with Giovannis books, as new editions are starting to come out. This one goes back to 1990, but the pages have a fresh feel to them that makes me pretty sure its a complete re-working. The older books were often of a smaller format as well so, all things being equal, Im going to treat this as new. Even if you have a well-thumbed 28 year old copy, you might still want to have a look at this.

Giovanni deals with skeletal and muscular structures and looks at various components heads, hands, arms, feet in detail. He also shows how the body performs at rest, in action and under stress. Its probably worth noting that most of the gendered figures are male and Id say that the muscle illustrations probably are as well.

A lot of books on anatomy are either aimed at, or are at least suitable for, the medical student. This is aimed firmly at the artist and is all the better for that.

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