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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (14 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844485080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844485086
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Most of this first appeared as Giovanni Civardi's Complete Guide to Drawing, but this smaller format edition also includes the volume on The Nude. It's a sound introduction to drawing in pencil and the smaller page size makes it more manageable, but also means that you have to strain slightly to read the text, which has also been reduced. The style is best described as classicA", meaning that it's all well done, but perhaps slightly dated. If you don't mind that, and it's the technique that's more important to you, then this is a book it's hard to better. If your eyesight's not 100%, however, best buy a pair of stronger reading glasses as well.-Artbookreview.net For those wishing to learn to draw or improve their skills this book is an essential read. Previously published material has been used along with new information in the compilation of this fabulous instructional volume. Packed full of beautiful illustrations, we begin with the very basics of drawing techniques, from description of use and simple mark making with pencil or graphite onto using carbon sticks and ink, each accompanied by many varied depictions where he tells us what media was used for each, and very importantly, what technique was used. All these details help the reader to understand the process of selecting media and technique to render the drawing they want to achieve. The section on portraits covers small details like hands, eyes and placement of features, all necessary to achieve a lifelike rendition through to full figures, both clothed and naked. The book is full of details such as anatomy of figures, and how to find the correct proportions to the fall of fabric on clothed figures, again in great detail and easy to follow. Scenery is covered in the same in depth way, from linear and aerial perspective, light and shade, tonal work and use of source material. All sections come with the same incredibly detailed illustration showing use of media and methods. If you want just one book to learn or improve your drawing skills, and draw well then this is the book for you. Its packed full of all the essentials you need to learn to create realistic 3d images in a 2d media.-JeannieZelos.com Drawing, A Complete Guide by Giovanni Civardi is a comprehensive exploration of hand drawing techniques and tools. While this book is focused on these techniques from a pure artistic point of view, the skills that are covered have real relevance and value for modern Graphic Designers. Technology changes everything and Graphic Design is no different. It doesn't seem so long ago that Graphic Design was a much more hands on discipline, with ideas mocked up on layout pads and then worked up through various refining stages, until the final design, along with a specification sheet overlay, was supplied for typesetting with the final artwork being produced through cut and pasting. Now it is possible for anyone with basic skills to produce understandable concepts using a PC and desktop printer, but there is real value for Graphic Designers to develop their drawing skills. Such skills can help Designers to quickly and clearly develop ideas wherever they are and can also allow them to produce hand drawn graphics for inclusion in finished designs.-Suite101.com Rather like a 'Greatest Hits' album, this is an amalgamation of seven previous books, each devoted to specific aspects of drawing technique. It serves as a comprehensive guide, for both beginners and seasoned draughtsmen. The basics serve as a strong launch pad into specific and often troublesome areas for draughtsmen, such as hands and feet, and portraying the figure in clothes. In terms of hints and tips - you name it, it's in here from the texture of various drawing implements to aerial perspective. It is densely packed with Civardi's pencil drawings but the text doesn't vary in size or colour, which can be overwhelming, despite the genuine pearls of wisdom contained within.-Artists & Illustrators There are many available books on drawing, written for artists of all levels of skill and experience. Giovanni Civardi's new publication presents a classically disciplined and traditional approach. Focusing mainly on the figure, portraits and anatomy, Civardi's clear, crisp, detailed drawings provide a good range of illustrations to follow as examples yet, to a certain extent, remind me of the classical models of casts and statues used in the past by European art academies. However, in his Practical Advice sections, readers will find some helpful comments to refer to when they come to make their own drawings. Ranging from perspective, drawing detail, tones, materials and the proportions of adult and child figures, these sections are concise and informative. The short section on landscape and scenery provides an introduction to those subjects but the most comprehensive and thorough content is the human figure and portraits. What the book does not cover is a wide variety of drawing media or coloured drawing materials, focusing as it does mainly on the use of pencil and pen. Similarly, ideas for developing a personal style through expressive mark making to extend range and experience are not developed; instead Civardi prefers to present drawing in his own classic style. But these are minor points and the section on drawing hands and feet is particularly beautifully illustrated and annotated, and will be a section most frequently dipped in and out of I am sure. (James Willis)-The Artist Full of technical advice and practical tips on all aspects of drawing, although the emphasis is on drawing portraits and the figure. The book is based on seven books by Civardi published between 2002 and 2007, making this essential guide to drawing very good value.-Leisure Painter Italian artist and teacher Civardi has published seven excellent drawing books on techniques, portraits, the clothed figure, hands and feet, scenery, and light and shade. These were collected as Giovanni Civardi's Complete Guide to Drawing in 2006. This new incarnation adds material from his 2007 book, The Nude, and lowers the cover price, yet it seems pasted together. For a more coherent approach, see Barrington Barber's The Complete Book of Drawing.-Library Journal USA This a collection of smaller books which each delve into an element of drawing and cover the key parts using pictorial examples throughout. It is well laid out and can be easily accessed by both learners and tutors. As a concept art tutor I found the tutorials and information thorough and a great use of excellent examples. Having asked learners the response was positive and a definite request to access more. The anatomy sections covering the musculature of hands, feet and head were especially informative and helpful. I will be asking my subject librarian to purchase.-Marian Carr, Bradford College

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Giovanni Civardi is an Italian artist and teacher who for years has combined studies at the Faculty of Medicine, Milan, with the practice and teaching of sculpture.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Maha Upasika Gotami on 28 April 2010
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Whatever your question about drawing, there will be help in this book. Graphite or pencil? How to draw an eye? Body dimensions? How to shade an evening landscape? There are dozens of detailed examples on each topic with succinct descriptions of how each drawing illustrates a particular point. There are 62 fascinating pages on portraying hands and feet alone, another 62 on portraiture, and so on. Even if you never pick up a pencil, after reading this book you will look at the world differently and with greater appreciation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David B on 21 April 2010
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A good value for money book full of good content and in a handy size well done to author and publisher can recommend to anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donny 1 on 26 Feb. 2013
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This book is as the title suggests ,a complete guide to all aspects of detailed techniques , and ideas for artists at all levels of experience. It covers all the various types of drawing materials available ,pen,pencil,graphite,ink , etc.
It covers Portraits,Clothed Figures,Scenery,Light and Shade, and Life Drawing.
It is wonderfully illustrated ,and easy to follow, step by step ,from the most basic instructions , to the more advanced methods for experienced artists.
Over 400 pages of invaluable information..
You will not regret buying this guide..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By annita on 1 Jun. 2011
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I got this book recently it is an excellent book ,well laid out, easy to follow with clear explainations and examples of how to draw.Love the book, Im working my way through it just now and find myself suprised by what I am able to do.The book has a large section on dawing different aspects of the human form, potraits, figures, hands and feet it also has sections on drawing scenery,tonal value and perspective.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ross R. on 9 Dec. 2013
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Maybe, if i were to read this, (i got it as a pressie for a friend) then i would improve greatly. It seems to be well written & illustrated, packed with tips & examples. Things like what shading to use & when, How to get the shapes first time etc. I would get it again for me, if felt inclined to start..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Horner VINE VOICE on 6 Sept. 2014
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A superb book and well worth adding to anyone's library of art books but beware of buying other books by the same author. I bought three of Civardi's books - Drawing Portraits, The Nude and Drawing Hands and Feet before I bought this book and they are all in this one as individual sections reproduced exactly. The only difference is that this book is A5 and the others are A4 but apart from that there's no difference.

I have to say I've still given it five stars because it's an excellent book but I wish I hadn't bought the others!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Derelict Timkins on 8 Feb. 2015
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This is not a helpful guide. Simply seeing someone else's drawings has very little educational merit. I can draw pretty well and I can tell you that the method of construction that Giovanni submits is not good. Also, the qaulity of his lines has a distinct appearance of having being traced around a photograph.

All in all, this is a book containing a guy's portfolio, nothing more. The text is waffle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Menu on 1 Nov. 2013
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This book provides some good inspiration for sketching! I'm going through this book after reading 'how to draw with your right brain' (great book by the way) and am finding that my technique is improving by leaps and bounds by applying the lessons learnt from the other book and copying some of the sketches and adding my own individual slant to it. In fact, like it so much that I've bought the same book for my sister!
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