"Joseph Sheppard has been favorably compared to practically every Renaissance master…he is without peer among modern realists for his ability to impart a warm verisimilitude to the figure." — Artspeak magazine. In this highly praised guidebook, Joseph Sheppard, a versatile and influential artist and teacher who is widely recognized as a master of figure drawing, introduces an innovative approach to drawing the human form. Beginning by reviewing the basics of anatomy, he makes his principal focus the specifics of surface anatomy. Rather than depicting in detail the muscles and bone that lie beneath the skin, as do most books on artistic anatomy, this book concentrates on how the position and movement of muscles and bones affect the surface forms of live models. The effects are masterfully demonstrated in over 170 of Joseph Sheppard's own drawings of many different live models in front, back, and side views, and in various standing, sitting, kneeling, crouching, reclining, and twisting poses. Each drawing is accompanied by two diagrams, one for bones, one for muscles, which specifically show how surface forms are created by the definitive shapes beneath the skin. The superb quality of Joseph Sheppard's drawings, the wide range of poses he illustrates, and the effectiveness of his approach in this book — now in its first paperback edition — will help artists at all levels improve and refine their skills in drawing the living figure.
とても参考になる本ですが、ある程度骨格や筋肉について知識がないと有効活用できないと思います。僕の場合は、AN ATLAS OF ANATOMY FOR ARTISTSと一緒に購入したので、AN ATLAS OF ANATOMY FOR ARTISTSで詳細な骨格筋肉を学び、それを頭に入れながらこの本を見ています。この本のいいところは人物のデッサンが左のページにあり、右のページにその骨格や筋肉が紹介されているところです。非常に参考になり描くことが楽しくなる本です。ただいきなり最初の本がこれだと、ちょっととっつき難いので初心者用の本を一通り読んでから、見ると効果倍増のような気がします。