The Energetic Line in Figure Drawing

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-04-23
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
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Well-crafted and class-tested, this guide features more text than typical art instruction books. Its unique pedagogy focuses on learning to draw complete figures prior to study of individual components, and it stresses the figure in action rather than static examples. Numerous illustrations accompany 30 figure drawing lessons.

Author Biography

A founder of the prestigious Maryland Institute of Art, Alon Bement taught future art instructors at Columbia University. His students included Georgia O’Keeffe, who regarded him as a mentor and major influence.

Table of Contents

What is Life Drawing--Introduction by Arthur Wesley Dow
The Figure in Profile
The Arm in Profile
The Head in Profile
The Hand, the Forearm, and Simple Measurements
Variations of the Profile
Dancing Figure
The Head—Front View
The Back—Three-quarters View
The Front—Three-quarters View
The Front of the Figure
Memory and Imagination
The Double Curve
The Ear as a Pivot
The Standing Figure—Three-quarters View
Two Convex Sides
The Figure and Line
The Sitting Figure (No. 1)
The Sitting Figure (No. 2)
The Sitting Figure (No. 3)
Beginning Shading
Figure and Costume
Figure and Line
Absence of Line
Extreme Action
The Foot
The Hand
The Head

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