Anatomy for Art Students, Painters and Sculptors
This book has two parts. The first is a series of 27 outstandingly beautiful lithographs from three sources. 24 of them come from Dr. Julien Fau's Anatomie des Formes Exterieures du Corps Humain, a... More > l'usage des Peintres et des Sculpteurs, with lithographs by M. Leveille. There is an additional plate of skulls by an artist who was trained in medicine but was naturally attracted to the arts. He made lithographs for several medical books and worked as an illustrator and cartoonist for popular publications of his day, Anton Elfinger. The last 2 prints were added to the English Edition by William Norris. Each plate is faced with a page of labeling. The original book was published in the mid nineteenth century.
The second part is 12 pen and ink anatomical drawings of the structure of bones and muscles with labels.< Less
Figure Drawings in Color
This book is a collection of colored pencil figure drawings by a twentieth century Canadian artist, Cedric Fleetwood Weaver. When I saw the drawings I was impressed by the confident line and... More > interesting use of color. In many he achieved the effect with just black and red.
Included is a section step by step figure drawing instruction in color and another section of color figure drawings by me that were inspired by Mr. Weaver's work.< Less
Traite de Perspective
This is the most complete, one of the most influential and without a doubt the most beautiful book on perspective ever published.
Every other page has a description of the principle being... More > illustrated, followed by a hand engraved plate (in the original you can see the impressions the plates made on the page) to illustrate the principle.
The descriptions are in French but as you can see from the plates, each plate is drawn with such care and clarity that even a reader who does not know French can easily understand the principles illustrated.
Some of the plates are repeated so that the description of the principle and the illustration may appear consecutively because sometimes the plates illustrate two ideas, or the description exceeds the length of a page.
The first plates show a small human figure to demonstrate the position of the eye. Later plates show the various complexities of drawing perspective including curved figures, shadows, and reflections.< Less
How Harry Cook Learned to Draw
In 1897 a young student at Dartmouth College studied free-hand drawing and made this journal. His drawings are supplemented by lessons from the time that he used as examples to copy. A interesting... More > window into how drawing was taught 100 years ago and the high value placed on it as a way of thinking visually in preparation for other careers, such as science or engineering.
This book consists of a student journal drawn by Harry Irving Cook and examples of lessons and engravings published in a book called Chapman's American Drawing Book.
The illustrations in this book could easily provide the basis for a modern course in drawing. You could use them as examples of forms to draw or even as a pattern book to copy.
Each drawing is done in pen and ink with no mistakes or erasures so a good deal of practice preceded the making of this journal.
Each exercise builds on the other and demonstrates a growing mastery of the art of drawing.< Less