The popularity that drawing the human figure has achieved over the course of history is reason enough to attract the artist to its practice. Drawing with the perfection that we observe in the great masters is a seemingly difficult task, for there are technical challenges in drawing the human figure that are absent with other subjects. This compels us to put into practice everything we know about drawing in order to adequately solve such problems as the proportion of the limbs in relation to the whole body and the representation of volume, joints, and muscle tone. Drawing the human body presents a greater challenge than any other subject, because both artist and viewer are intimately familiar with the body's proportions and the physiology of the human figure. Here, even a small mistake in drawing becomes evident. For this reason, an artist who can masterfully draw landscapes, still lives, or interiors may make mistakes when drawing the human figure. We often find the artist exaggerating depth and forms- which cannot always be read as a product of his particular interpretation, but of the need to disguise shortcomings and inexperience in drawings of this nature.
We will show in this book that drawing the human body need not be so difficult. Starting from a simple base and applying a series of tricks and techniques, the reader will find himself able to adequately render a nude figure. The nude is to be considered an ideal model for a full study of forms and light. For this reason, when drawing a nude body, it is important to study the model's anatomy, and the lighting, because lighting plays a role in making the sense of depth and relief more -or less- prominent.
Practicing this kind of drawing sharpens visual perception at the same time that it exercises out ability to depict forms. The human figure is a highly suggestive and evocative subject, which can be approached from many different perspectives and individual styles without diluting its essence. From an academic point of view, drawing the nude is the best form of discipline because it forces the artist to pay attention to proportion and teaches the skillful calculation of organically coordinated forms and sizes; from an interpretative point of view, it allows us to give free rein to form and contour.
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