09 August 2017


BC Paperback

210x297 mm



112 pages

Search Press

Drawing the Male Nude

by Giovanni Civardi

Giovanni Civardi breaks down the complex process of drawing the male nude, from making rudimentary choices about framing, lighting and the most appropriate drawing tools, to rendering detailed and anatomically accurate artworks.

Civardi’s own masterful drawings provide an excellent touchstone for the artist wanting to explore the depiction of the male body, and his studies of numerous poses cover all aspects of life drawing. Civardi takes a pragmatic, almost scientific, approach to teaching the subject, combining basic physics with artistic interpretation.

Drawing the Male Nude also touches upon the significant anatomical differences between the male and the female form, but these are also covered in some detail in the companion to this title, Drawing the Female Nude.

Book Contents

Introduction 6
Structure of the human figure and methods of representation 7
Line and tone 7
Procedure 7
Proportions 8
Framing 8
Planes 9
Gender differences 9
The male body and the female body 9
Perspective distortions 9
Perspective 10
Lighting 10
A few practical considerations about drawing nudes 47
Studies of male nudes 51
The erect figure 53
The seated figure 75
The kneeling figure 81
The reclining figure 87
The figure in perspective 93
Recovering spontaneity 97
Bibliography 103

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