An essential guide to creating artistic renderings of the human formWhile no book can replace a live model, this photographic guide to the human form provides an array of figures for those who do not have access to live models. The latest in the series, this guide features two new models and an entirely new collection of photographs. Posed in a variety of classical and modern positions, the models appear in a clear, clean environment that is void of distractions and enhances the figure. All of the high-resolution photographs were painstakingly edited and adjusted to yield all the nuances of the figures. The PC- and Mac-compatible companion CD-ROM contains 24 photographs per pose that, in total, comprise a full 360-degree view. Each angle of every pose can be enlarged, enabling artists to zoom in on specific body parts to discover their intricate detail or project the photos to lifelike proportions. The CD also offers the flexibility of numerous viewing options—on a computer screen, printed out, projected for a group, or via a high-definition television when connected through a computer.
Reviews"My very first impression when I received this book was that the lighting - which is of major importance to me - was exquisitely arranged. I use shadows a lot to help me define form and volume. I have seen other model books and have been most disappointed with the lighting. Great care has been given to this aspect in Art Models 3, just as if I'd arranged the lighting myself, and it is almost as if the model is standing in the studio with me! There are over 60 poses, some are represented in this book, but there is an accompanying CD with a full range of 360 degree shots of each pose, 24 views of each, and 2 different angles. You can watch them in a slide show if you like a moving target! At the front of the book there is a small shot of all poses for easy reference. A wide variety of models will inspire all figure artists... male & female, slim & fuller figured, couples.....even shots of a pregnant model, very tastefully and sensitively photographed. Seated, standing, active poses and reclining.... they're all here. Artists who just want to practice and hone their drawing skills will find this book extremely valuable. There are poses to suit fantasy artists, or those who design Manga perhaps. For me, many of the poses and angles appealed and inspired and I will be referencing this book for some new paintings. The book comes with a solid cover, is beautifully bound and already has a place in my studio! I can't wait to begin painting! " (Pauline Adair, Professional Figure Artist) "This fantastic series of books continues! The models (both male and female) strike elegant poses in the classical tradition. The model choices reflect diverse ages, ethnicity, and somatypes. Models are posed on a revolving platform, and the the interactive CD allows the user to position the model in the precise the angle desired. The user may also close in or push back to any desired vantage point. Clearly a labor of love, the Art Models books proudly continue in modern spirit the pioneering work of photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Artists devoted to drawing the human form will find this invaluable and inspiring series of books (and particularly the companion CDs) modern "must-have "photo reference classics!" (B. Blakeslee, Artist) "It is also an excellent book for art departments. In the era of tight budgets and the clear need for more variety in the subjects, using it can create the necessary variety without severely damaging the department budget." (Charles Ashbacher, College Instructor)
Author BiographyMaureen Johnson is an art director and a marketing analyst. Douglas Johnson is a photographer and an engineer. They are the coauthors of the Art Models series. They live in Salem, New Hampshire.