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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 26 March 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218005
  • Stock: 50+
  • Hurt Stock: £7.50 (2 available)
  • Size: 210x295 mm
  • Illustrations: 740
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: £14.99
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Drawing People Using Grids


by Giovanni Civardi

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Book Description

If you have often struggled to draw portraits or moving people, from master artist Giovanni Civardi comes this highly visual beginners guide to drawing people using the traditional grid technique a method that makes the first stages of drawing simple and achievable.

Artist Giovanni Civardi shows you how to create an accurate pencil sketch of the subject by laying a grid over a photo or drawing and transferring the image to the drawing surface one square at a time.

Beginning with a summary of basic human anatomy and key drawing techniques, this book contains over 90 outlines of people in a range of ages, profiles and poses, with guidance on how to add shading and tonal effects to create more detailed finished drawings. Uses material from Drawing Using Grids: Portraits with Character and Drawing Using Grids: Portraits of Babies & Children.

Table of Contents

What is the grid method? 4

Portraits with character 6
Introduction 7, Anatomy 8, Features and proportions 10, Approaches to drawing 14, Portrait gallery 20

Portraits of babies & children 82
Introduction 83, Proportions and procedures 84, Portrait gallery 86

People in action 160
Introduction 161, Proportions, perspective and structure 162, Anatomy 164, Approaches to drawing static and dynamic figures 166, Sketching moving figures 174, People in action gallery 176

Finding inspiration 236

About the Author

About Giovanni Civardi

Giovanni Civardi is a best-selling Italian artist and author, with over 600,000 copies of his books sold worldwide in English alone. Civardi was born in Milan, Italy 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. For more work and information visit his website: www.giovannicivardi.it.


The Artist

Giovanni Civardi is nothing if not prolific, but the continuing popularity of his books testifies to their quality and the Drawing with Grids series offers an interesting take on a variety of subjects. Animals and People have just appeared and deal with tricky subjects in a particularly straightforward way. The main instructional pages cover a single subject in a single spread, with the basic grid and simple progressive stages from outline to tonal studies. Each book contains an excellent variety of material. 


The idea behind this series is simple and easy to comprehend it does what it says on the tin. Each subject is overlaid by a co-ordinated grid, so that all the main points of shape and composition can easily be transferred the finished image. Its a long-established and well-tested technique that simply works.

What makes these volumes particularly useful, as well as the quality of the illustrations, is the amount of background material structure, anatomy and features that prefaces each set of drawings. In the animals volume, these are not just general but applied to each type so, dogs, horses, cats. When it comes to people, these are structure, movement and posture. The main sections here divide into character, babies and children, and figures in action.

Amazon Customer Review

This book goes into a lot of detail and is extremely technical so would be great for someone who is very serious about drawing portraits and people. I love all the different examples in the galleries.

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