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Nude Female Figure, The: A Visual Reference for the Artist [Paperback]

Mark Edward Smith
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1 Dec 2007
The Nude Female Figure is a compilation of hundreds of classic poses of the female nude. These full colour photographs are grouped into the various traditional positions you would find in any classic positions: standing, seated, kneeling, crouching, reclining, bending, as well as poses in motion and a special section that focuses on hands and feet, both parts of the body that present a special challenge to the artist. The models in the book represent a wide range of figure types, from the shapely and slender to the more mature and Rubenesque, as well as a variety of ethnic types. Just about every artist without access to a figure drawing studio will have use for this invaluable work of reference.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (1 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823099911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823099917
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 21.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Edward Smith's photographshave been featured in many prestigiouspublications, including the "NewYork Times." The photographer for"The Figure in Motion" and "The NudeFigure," he lives and worksin Venice, Italy.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Natural 23 Jun 2008
Looking for a reference that would encourage my growing interest in Life Photography i found this book. Although i guess mainly targeted at the talents of Artists and Sculptures', i was looking for something that would inspire my Photographic creativity, and help my compositional skills. And i found it.
As previously described, each section of the book is devoted to a certain group of poses, using a variety of models. Each of the many poses is a variation of the previous. It gives you a idea of what will work for you, and what will not.
One of the striking features, from a photographic perspective, is the unpretentious view we are shown of the models. None of the 'life' blemishes, that we so keenly like to hide, are omitted.

This is a refreshingly honest reference guide, that will encourage and provoke your skill in posing your models.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good effort but not indispensable 4 Feb 2008
By Stephen Citynskyj TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
This book comprises 197 pages of colour photographs (plus 10 of text) featuring female models of varying ages (roughly twenties to forties), builds and races. The images are arranged thematically (standing, bending, kneeling, etc). The poses are typical academic figure study types, and would be useful to anyone needing material to learn from. Unfortunately, the soft-binding of the book means that it is almost impossible to hold it flat without breaking the spine of it (see below). Also, one or two poses are rendered utterly useless because they are spread across facing pages. This was a stupid design decision - if the only way to include the images was to do it in this way, then they could have been omitted completely. The pregnant figure gets only six images, but given the limited range possible in a book of this size, it's not really a surprise.

More about the binding problem: I generally don't work straight from photographs, but prefer to scan them and display them on a computer monitor. This has the advantage that I can view the images much larger than they appear in the book, I can pan and zoom around to see the detail clearly, make the handy switch to monochrome, and it overcomes the limitations of the binding.

My work is partly academic, partly commercial, so not all the poses suit my purposes. However, my preferred subject poses are fairly orthodox, I think, but I found only about thirty of the poses of any real artistic interest to me.

Overall, it is a handy book to have around if you are studying figure drawing, but if the studio were burning down it wouldn't be something I tried hard to save.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If only... 7 Feb 2008
By jack
...the photos were bigger.
I agree with googun. It was a daft idea to spread some of the poses over two pages - you really can't do the thing justice, if you're using it to sketch, without getting your mother in law to sit on it (sorry, sorry...I hate mother in law jokes. Mine's a dear. Let's just say, something heavy. There.) I hate breaking the spine of books, and the way this ref book is put together it's just a matter of time. To be a useful ref, it needs to be more robust and practical to use. It ain't the cheapest book of its type, either.

Having said all that, I liked the ref photos. Real women, not pin ups. If you want to do honest pictures of the nude, this is a treat. But I really would have liked to see fewer pictures rather than get loads of examples packed in. Quality, not quantity, is what I mean, and I'm sure by now that you get the general idea.
Nevertheless...I think I'll get a lot of use out of it. If you're not a computernic and couldn't manipulate an image on a screen to save your tender bits from being squeezed in a vice, then this is for you. The pictures are pretty damn good, although I did find that some of the outline was lost in the shadow with some pics. Well worth adding to your library.
Frothy, man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nude Female Figure, A visual Reference 10 Jun 2011
By Watcher
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Life drawing is one of the most challenging styles of drawing and needs more practic. It is difficult to obtain a model, even one fully clothed in between lessons. Therefore reference books such as these are invaluable and allow practice in between classes. They also allow poses that would be hard for a model to sustain even for a short period. However the book could do with being in a larger format.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not perfect 24 Dec 2012
By Colin D
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This book is very well produced and has excellent photo's of attractive models.

I am experienced in live drawing and painting and I was looking for a book to give me ideas for long and short poses and positioning my own model.

A lot of shots in this book show models in poses that can only be held for a very short period of time. This is where the book falls down for me. It is more suitable for the photographic artist than a painter in oils.

Despite my comments this book is well produced and good value.
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