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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 09 August 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782214618
  • Carton Qty: 26
  • Size: 210x297 mm
  • Illustrations: 100
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $19.95
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Drawing the Male Nude


by Giovanni Civardi

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Book Description

'...if you want just about the best primers for figure drawing around, buy these.' 

Learn to draw the male nude through instruction by a master artist.

Giovanni Civardi breaks down the complex process of drawing the male nude, from making rudimentary choices about framing, lighting and the most appropriate drawing tools, to rendering detailed and anatomically accurate artworks.

Civardi’s own masterful drawings provide an excellent touchstone for the artist wanting to explore the depiction of the male body, and his studies of numerous poses cover all aspects of life drawing. Civardi takes a pragmatic, almost scientific, approach to teaching the subject, combining basic physics with artistic interpretation.

Drawing the Male Nude also touches upon the significant anatomical differences between the male and the female form, but these are also covered in some detail in the companion to this title, Drawing the Female Nude.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Structure of the human figure and methods of representation 7
Line and tone 7
Procedure 7
Proportions 8
Framing 8
Planes 9
Gender differences 9
The male body and the female body 9
Perspective distortions 9
Perspective 10
Lighting 10
A few practical considerations about drawing nudes 47
Studies of male nudes 51
The erect figure 53
The seated figure 75
The kneeling figure 81
The reclining figure 87
The figure in perspective 93
Recovering spontaneity 97
Bibliography 103

About the Author

About Giovanni Civardi

Giovanni Civardi is a best-selling Italian artist and author, with over 600,000 copies of his books sold worldwide in English alone. Civardi was born in Milan, Italy 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. For more work and information visit his website:


An introduction to the drawing of the male nude. You'll find numerous poses illustrating all the aspects of drawing nudes. A resource book and collection of drawings. This book includes structure of the human figure and the different methods of representation. It looks at using with different materials and the effect this has upon the look of the finished drawing. It looks at proportion and the difficulties encountered by beginners. The studies are all fairly simplistic line drawings, with a little spontaneity at the end of the book. Similar books have been written by the author, if you do not already have one, this makes a good introduction to drawing the nude.

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