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Figure Drawing Ebooks

How to Draw People

A library of figure drawing e-books in PDF format.
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The Sculptor and Art Student's Guide to the Proportions of the Human Form
Famous but very rare english translation of the treatise by Dr. Johann Gottfried Schadow, the classical sculptor, based on the work of the Greek sculptor Polycletus.

Better Figure Drawing
Learn to draw figures like they did in the 1950s. Lots of examples tips, and tricks. Ways to make the figure more dynamic, how to draw pinups and glamour girls.

The Art Student's Guide to the Bones and Muscles of the Human Body and Lessons on Foreshortening Johann Gottfried Shadow's first book for art students, very clear studies of bones and muscles derived from the work of Albinus, plus plates on normal and ideal proportion of the human figure and plates on the foreshortening of the head from various views. 30 plates, a forward, an introduction and an appendix of Albinus' work.

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How to Draw the Human Figure - The Figure Drawings of Grace A. Young
This ebook was inspired by the figure drawing notebook of Grace Young a student at the Philadelphia School of Art in 1927 and 1928. The school was the first among a group of women's design schools found in the 1800s. The drawings show the work of a confident and talented artist who was studying a new course of drawing from the figure.

Figure Painting in Water Colours by Contemporary British Artists
24 Colored Plates And a Foreword. Frank Brangwyn, Edmund Dulac, Sir William Orpen, John S. Sargent, and others.

A Treatise on Muscular Action
This 1794 book demonstrates with 30 intricate and beautiful plates the advantage of exercise. For illustrators and artists interested in action figures and animation the plates provide inspiration.

Figure Drawing By Richard G. Hatton This is an unusually complete book on drawing the figure from the beginning of the last century. In his time he was one of the most prolific authorities on the art of drawing.

Elements of Drawing - Drawing From the Life - 2 hard to find portfolios of techniques and methods of drawing the human figure by Professor Edward Stiefel of Switzerland. The Human Body and Parts of The Human Body. From the Introduction "The qualification needed for drawing from the life are: artistic sensibility as to the human figure and intense interest in the rhythm of its movements. The remarks accompanying these 12 plates are intended to suggest to the beginner the most elimentary conceptions and methods, so that he may be enabled to develop an individual use of them. " -

Anatomical Atlas
Six Hundred and Thirty Six Figures in beautifully detailed engravings. Bones and Ligaments, Dermoid and Muscular Systems, Organs of Digestion and Generation, Organs of Respiration and Circulation, and The Nervous System and Senses. $4.95

Hieroglyphic or Greek Method of Life Drawing
Rare treatise on life drawing by Adolphe Armand Braun, editor of the popular The Human Form in Art republished by Dover books in 2006.
This book has a series of essays about life drawing which proceed from the idea that life drawing can be both taught and learned and that there is a short cut to learning which will come from observing the muscles of the form and concentrate on the perfection of the line.
Following the essays on Hieroglyphic Drawing, there is an essay on posing, charts of anatomy and photographs of a young model, Miss Dorothy Lees. At the back of the book are essays on drawing made from the photographs, and charts of specifics of human anatomy, arms, legs, hand, feet, eyes, ears, and noses.

Anatomical Engravings Selections from two early works about human anatomy. These two volumes, one by Eustachius and one by Bernardino Genga formed the basis for the modern study of anatomy.

The Manuel Rosenberg Course in Newspaper Art
Published as a practical introduction to newspaper illustration and using actual drawings by the author, this book remains an entertaining and useful demonstration of the way an artist can capture the imagination and the attention of an audience. Anyone working in publishing whether in print or on the web will enjoy this ebook.

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A Guide to Figure Drawing by G. E. Hicks

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Elements of Figure Drawing

The School of Raphael or The Student's Guide to Expression in Historical Painting.This book was the published to demonstrate the range of human expression, 248 pages, with 200 illustrations.

The Human Head The Anatomy, Expressions, Features, Proportions and Positions of the Head and Face. 134 pages, 64 plates. Learn to draw the head in a series of sequential steps by one of the biggest advocates for art eductaion in the schools in the mid nineteenth century

Anatomy for Artists Painters and Sculptors Anatomical Drawings for Art Students, Painter and Sculptors in full color, 82 pages with 27 plates and 23 additional illustrations plus 12 additional ink drawings of bones and muscles. Now available as a printed book, please visit

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Anatomical Diagrams For the Use of Art Students

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Life Drawing - Croquis de Pierre Lissac 68 pages with illustrations on every page.

The Figure in Repose The Figure in Repose The Figure in Repose
The Figure in Repose A series of exercises in drawing the figure.

The Figure in Action The Figure in Action The Figure in Action
The Figure in Action A series of exercises in drawing the figure in action.

From Costume design and illustration By Ethel Traphagen There are some books which may help the ambitious student in the life class to observe and impress on the mind fundamental facts which it is believed most life-class teachers will agree in thinking extremely useful. Among these are Dunlop's Anatomical Diagrams, Figure Drawing by Hatton, Anatomy in Art by J. S. Hartley, Richter, Marshall or Duval, and Drawing the Human Figure by J. H. Vanderpoel. If the student is studying without an instructor, Practical Drawing, by Lutz, will be found helpful.

Figure drawing for Children
An excellent introductory book about drawing the young figure. It is written for young artists but contains a wealth of information and useful diagrams which should interest any beginning artist.

This German ebook has easy to understand illustrations and examples of the anatomy of the head and how to apply the knowledge to drawing the head. Chapters include: Introduction, Anatomy, Muscles, Proportion, and Drawing. 35 Full page and nearly full page illustrations, many of which include multiple views of facial features.

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Figure Drawings by Tom Richardson

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Figure Drawings by Canadian Artist Cedric Fleetwood Weaver
This ebook is a collection of colored pencil figure drawings by a twentieth century Canadian artist, Cedric Fleetwood Weaver. When I saw the drawings I was impressed by the confident line and interesting use of color. In many he achieved the effect with just black and red. Included is a section step by step figure drawing instruction in color and another section of color figure drawings by me that were inspired by Mr. Weaver's work.

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Drawings based on Dora Menzler's Körper-Schulung der Frau in Bildern und Merkworten - Neue Folge

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  • Giovanni Civardi's Complete Guide to Drawing (Art of Drawing)
  • Body Parts: A Practical Source Book for Drawing the Human Form
  • Henry Yan's Figure Drawing, Techniques and Tips
  • Classical Drawing Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice
  • The Artist's Atelier: Reference guide to Structural Concepts and Principles
  • Classical Drawing Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice
  • Complete Anatomy and Figure Drawing
  • Clip Art Image Gallery: 500 Model Poses w/CD-ROM
  • Lessons on Figure Drawing (Dover Books on Art Instruction)
  • Women And Girls (Comic Artist's Photo Reference)
  • Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People
  • Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People
  • Painting People: Figure Painting Today
  • William Merritt Chase: Portraits in Oil (Complete Catalogue of Known and Documented Work By William Merritt Chase (1849-1916))
  • The Fantasy Figure Artist's Reference File with CD-ROM: Hundreds of Real-life Photographs Depicting Extreme Anatomy and Dynamic Action Poses
  • Henry Yan's Figure Drawing, Techniques and Tips
  • Spirit of the Pose
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