In this technical guide, Civardi imparts a thorough and intelligent understanding of how to draw the human body. Written with clarity and enthusiasm, and using numerous examples of his own work as teaching aids, Civardi provides the reader with a firm grounding in observation, anatomy, proportion, body structure, perspective and composition. The exploration of static versus dynamic poses provides the artist with an invaluable source of ideas and inspiration, and towards the end of the book is a series of exercises designed to stimulate the reader, and reinforce and consolidate his or her understanding of the text. This is a rigorous, in-depth treatment of the subject, suitable for novice artists seeking a comprehensive introduction to drawing the human form as well as more experienced artists wishing to learn more about this fascinating subject.
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.