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Drawing Human Anatomy

Giovanni Civardi

This revised edition of Giovanni Civardi’s 1995 original puts it on a level with his more recent output. It has all the hallmarks of having been completely reoriginated and there is a welcome crispness and clarity to the illustrations. Even if you have a wellused original, this would be worth a look. The structure is simple enough, with body parts and musculature appearing in both tensed and relaxed poses. Sidebars show how bones and tendons relate to the outer appearance and, although this gives an inevitable slightly medical feel, the book is firmly rooted in the territory of the artist. It is worth pointing out that most of the gendered figures that appear are male; where gender is not obvious, the weight of musculature suggests that these are similar. Giovanni’s books are always well presented and this, concise as ever, is an excellent primer in what can be a complex subject.

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Welcome to the October issue in which many of our top-class artists celebrate painting in a variety of locations in all kinds of weather, from Pete the Street Brown in Havana, to Geoff Hunt who shows how not to let an unpromising day spoil your painting. Our artist-tutors also offer help and advice on colour mixing in oils, how to improve your compositional awareness, use gouache to paint atmospheric landscapes, create luminosity in your paintings by combining cold wax and water-soluble oils, and develop your skills by working in monochrome. Paul Talbot-Greaves suggests a simple exercise to help you loosen up, Julie Collins shows how to mix the right greens for your watercolour paintings, while Glyn Macey invites you to learn from the painting style of Lamorna Birch by following this month's demonstration. Plus, be inspired as we introduce many of this year's The Artist Open Competition amazingly talented prizewinners!