Virtual Pose 2 (英語) ハードカバー – 2001/4
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Virtual Pose 2 is the second volume in what is fast becoming the ultimate visual reference series for drawing the human figure. For the professional and student artists, it's the next best thing to working with a live model - and a convenient option for amateur artists who have no access to studio sessions. Each volume includes an interactive CD ROM with 54 full-figure poses that the artist can rotate 360 degrees around the axis. The artist also has the ability to zoom in on the pose, thus presenting the human form in a way that allows deeper understanding of shape, form and gesture. Ranging from action to classic, from standing to reclining, these carefully selected poses were designed to offer visually pleasing as well as challenging drawing subjects. Furthermore, there is a choice of male or female models to draw from, music for inspiration and drawing tutorials, making Virtual Pose 2 an invaluable tool for every artist's reference library.
Virtual Pose 2 is the second installment in what is fast becoming the ultimate visual reference series for drawing the human figure. For professional and student artists, this series is the next best thing to working with a live model--and the ultimate for amateur artists who have no access to studio sessions.
Each volume includes an interactive CD-ROM with 54 full-figure poses which the artist can rotate 360 degrees. The artist is also able to zoom in on the pose, thus presenting the human form in a way that allows a deeper understanding of shape, form and gesture. Ranging from action to classic poses, standing and reclining, these carefully selected subjects were designed to offer visually pleasing as well as challenging drawing subjects.
Furthermore, there is the choice of male and female models to draw from, music for inspiration, and four drawing tutorial movies, making Virtual Pose 2 an invaluable tool for every artist's reference.
* Features more models in a significantly higher number of poses (54 poses, 1,944 views in all)
In this book/CD set, Chakkour has compiled 34 female poses and 18 male poses, some in color and others in black and white. The model is posed on a "lazy susan" type turning platform, which is turned a few degrees for each still shot. This means that the very good lighting is constant at every angle, allowing for clear veiw of the body's curves and cast shadows. In those poses where the model is extremely "exposed" (legs overhead, for instance), there is very faint, tasteful shading that does nothing to detract from the usefulness of the shot.
Each pose is given one full page of the book, with six views of the pose displayed on the page. The companion CD-ROM (PC/MAC compatible) then displays each pose in nearly seamless 180 degrees. Using the mouse, the user can rotate the model the full 180 degrees, backward and forward.
I have a few very minor quibbles that I hope Chakkour will address in the next volume. First, a top-down view would be extremely valuable for sculpture work, but I can see how setting up the shot may make this unfeasible. Second, some of the poses aren't very dynamic, or the models look stiff and unnatural. Third, in a very few occasions, I've seen the pose change slightly as I rotate the model. That is, an arm or head drops a little more at each turn of the platform, until it's several inches lower than the starting pose.
None of these quibbles are serious deterrents, however, and the book/CD remain my single favorite tool for working at my home studio. Now if I could just figure out how to rotate the model without getting clay on the mouse...
I hope you all find this helpful. I know that those who have run into the same roadblocks as I have will find this to be a much needed breakthrough towards furthering their education. ENJOY, and thank you, Mr. Chakkour and Ms. Loewe.