Drawing People Using Grids

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Drawing People Using Grids by Giovanni Civardi is a highly visual beginners guide to using the traditional grid technique to easily draw people. It would make the ideal guide for any artist who has struggled to draw portraits or moving people.

In this book Giovanni outlines how to create an accurate sketch by lying a grid over a photo or drawing and transferring the image over on square at a time. The book begins with an introduction to basic human anatomy and essential drawing techniques. It includes over 90 outlines of people spanning a range of ages, profiles, and poses along with advice on adding shading and tonal effects to create a finished drawing.

240 page paperback. 210x295 mm.


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  • 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
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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.

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