Figure Drawing Books

Classical Figure Drawing  •  Figure Drawing for Animation  • 

Anatomy  •  Head Drawing / Portraits  • 

Color  •  Figure Sculpture  •  Basic Drawing  • 

Reference Photos of Figure Models  •  Fine Art Photography • 

Art Modeling  •  Timer  •  Fashion and Commerical Modeling

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Classical Figure Drawing

The Figurative Artist's Handbook: A Contemporary Guide to Figure Drawing, Painting, and Composition
by Robert Zeller. Aimed at both students and experienced artists, it provides in-depth step-by-step instruction and features sections on composition, portraiture, and painting. Chapters on creativity and on using a sketchbook help readers hone their artistic vision and evolve ideas from the initial inspiration to the fully developed work. Also includes an extensive section highlighting the great movements in figurative art throughout history, from ancient Egypt and Greece to the present. 304 pages. High-quality printing. Hardcover. $40.00
Figure Drawing Master Class: Lessons in Life Drawing
by Dan Gheno. The book includes Gesture drawing lessons, How to draw heads and hands, How to accurately compose your figures, Keys to replicating the subtle details in the posture of the head to suggest emotion, and The basics of human proportions. The author has taught at Art Students League, the National Academy, and Lyme Academy. $19.29
The Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art Study
by Kimon Nicolaides. 240 pages. $10.88
Whole Earth Review says, "...not only the best how-to book on drawing, it is the best how-to book we've seen on any subject."

Expressive Figure Drawing
by Bill Buchman. "The methods in this book can be summarized by four simple words: Art is an attitude... The art-is-an-attitude method is in essence very simple: You are making poetry. The marks you make express your ideas. Focus on the process. Be confident. Don't fuss." 176 pages. $16.49 The author also has a DVD:
Art is an Attitude: The Art of Drawing The Figure
A poetic journey through the realm of figure drawing in the form of 25 private lessons with Bill Buchman. DVD: 90 minutes. $34.95

The Anatomy of Style: Figure Drawing Techniques
Patrick J. Jones
Structure + Gesture = Style. 160 pages. $20.36
Henry Yan's Figure Drawing (Techniques and Tips)
by Henry Yan
Each page includes one or more figure/head drawings done from live models. There are about 20 step-by-step demonstrations from detailed and traditional approaches to fast and painterly styles. Along with the step-by-step demonstrations and examples, the book is filled with detailed description of methods of using charcoal pencil, vine charcoal and compressed charcoal. The text also includes opinions, tips, ways of thinking and observing. It's a book that will benefit both beginners and advanced learners. 192 pages. $36.00
The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing
by Anthony Ryder, who teaches figure drawing workshops at his studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ryder explains, it's much more important to observe and draw what we actually see, rather than what we think we see. It means carefully observing the interplay of form and light, shape and line, that combine to create the actual appearance of human form. The book presents a detailed long-pose drawing methodology. 160 pages. $16.47
Exploring Life Drawing
by Harold B. Stone, who has taught drawing, painting, and art history for 25 years. In 1995 he founded the Minneapolis Drawing Workshop, an organization dedicated to exhibiting figurative drawings and paintings and presenting drawing workshops, marathons, and cooperative drawing sessions. This book introduces the art of drawing the human figure from observation, a skill as relevant for today's new media-driven visual artists as for traditional fine artists. 288 pages $37.68
Classical Life Drawing Studio: Lessons & Teachings in the Art of Figure Drawing (The Art Students League of New York)
by James Lancel McElhinney. Classical drawing is staging a comeback. The Art Students League of New York presents a unique and perfect celebration of this revival: a gallery of never-before-published 19th- and 20th-century drawings and invaluable insights from the League's figurative drawing teachers along, with exemplary works by them and their select students. With a foreword by celebrated artist Will Barnet, this collection is the ultimate volume on the art of drawing. 224 pages. $19.87
Complete Guide to Life Drawing
by Gottfired Bammes
English version of Menschen zeichnen: Grundlagen zum Aktzeichnen. 312 pages. $23.65
Drawing from Life 3rd Edition
by Clint Brown.
The leading textbook for college figure-drawing classes. In addition to working from the model, the figure-drawing student needs instruction in anatomy, history, and conceptual approaches to drawing the human form. This book offers these elements, along with a selection of drawings that represent the broad range of approaches, techniques, and media for drawing from life. 272 pages. $189.48
Life Drawing: How To Portray The Figure With Accuracy and Expression
BYU professor Robert Barrett re-creates his studio class on the pages of this book. You'll learn not only how to accurately portray the figure, but also how to bring life and personality to your drawing subjects. Detailed lessons, including step-by-step demonstrations, cover: how to capture your subject's character; the basics of figure anatomy, proportion and design; how to use light and shadow to create form; how to draw drapery and backgrounds. 160 pages. $19.13
Mastering Drawing the Human Figure From Life, Memory, Imagination: with Special Section on Drapery
Jack Fargasso, who studied with Frank. J. Reilly for many years, is considered the foremost authority of the Frank Reilly method of drawing and painting. Faragasso has been teaching at the Art Students League of New York since 1968. 256 pages. $32.02.
Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters
by Robert Beverly Hale (1901-1985) who taught artistic anatomy at the Art Students League of New York. Faithfully producing and methodically analyzing 100 master drawings—including works of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rodin, Goya, and Rembrandt among others—Hale shows how these artists tackled basic problems such as line, light and planes, mass, position and thrust, and anatomy. Throughout, also, is commentary that sheds light on the creative process of drawing. 272 pages. $15.61
Charles Bargue and Jean-Léon Gérôme
by Gerald Ackerman and Graydon Parrish. The Bargue-Gerome Drawing Course is a complete reprint of a famous, late nineteenth century drawing course. It contains a set of almost two hundred masterful lithographs of subjects for copying by drawing students before they attempt drawing from life or nature. 336 pages. $72.25
Human Figure Drawing: Drawing Gestures, Postures and Movements
by Daniela Brambilla.
This book shows us how to learn to draw the human figure through developing the ability to observe the subject. The author provides innovative ways to capture the nature of gestures, and also ways to overcome a lack of confidence in this area. $26.04
The Artist's Guide to Drawing the Clothed Figure: A Complete Resource on Rendering Clothing and Drapery
by Michael Massen.
Beginning with the basic shapes of clothing and the anatomy of folds, and progressing to final rendering techniques of both sculpted and loose drapery on solid forms--including how motion affects wrinkles, folds, and waves. $28.08
Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life
George B. Bridgman (1865-1943) taught at the Art Students League of New York for 45 years. His students included Norman Rockwell and other famous artists. This volume combines six of his well-known books. Not recommended for beginners. 352 pages. $12.21
Figure Drawing For All It's Worth
by Andrew Loomis (1892–1959).
208 pages. Orginally published in 1943. $22.19
Draftsman's Handbook: A Resource and Study Guide for Drawing from Life
by Deane G. Keller. 154 pages, spiral-bound, 2003. $39.95.
Published by Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2003.

Figure Drawing for Animation and Game Art

Figure Drawing for Artists: Making Every Mark Count
Steve Huston sketches out the same method taught to the artists of DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, and Disney Animation. "Art's job is to orchestrate life into something powerful, effecting, and meaningful--something greater than the individual parts... Gesture is the chef's secret sauce." 192 pages. $18.62
Framed Perspective Vol. 2: Technical Drawing for Shadows, Volume, and Characters
by Marcos Mateu-Mestre
This book guides artists through the challenging tasks of projecting shadows in proper perspective on a variety of environments and working with characters in perspective set in particular situation or setting. $16.34
Figure Drawing: Design and Invention
Michael Hampton has been teaching classes related to the figure for close to ten years, focusing on teaching anatomy and figure drawing in a way that is specifically tailored to students entering the fields of animation, illustration, and game art. 240 pages. $35.00
Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 1: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures
Walt says: Draw verbs, not nouns. Drawn to Life is a two volume collection of the legendary lectures from long-time Disney animator Walt Stanchfield. For over twenty years, Walt taught workshops at the Walt Disney Animation Studios and influenced such talented artists as Tim Burton, Brad Bird, Glen Keane, and John Lasseter. 448 pages. $19.77
Vilppu Drawing Manual
by Glenn Vilppu, who teaches at the American Animation Institute. The first chapter deals with the getting the gesture or action of the figure. The chapters progress, each one building on the previous one. The use of spherical forms, boxes and cylinders are thoroughly demonstrated and explained. A strong emphasis on basic procedures, fundamentals of anatomy, 2D and 3D observations. The final three chapters are devoted to the use of tone. 12 lessons, 176 pages. $39.95
Spirit of the Pose
by Karl Gnass, who teaches at the American Animation Institute.
Elegant figure drawings with a bit of commentary. Gnass says simple is not easy; it comes from a poetic reduction of the complex. 176 pages. $44.50
The Art and Feel of Making it Real: Gesture Drawing for the Animation and Entertainment Industry
by Mark McDonnell, who teaches at the American Animation Institute. This book will help explain how to design and capture the essence of life through the knowledge of gesture drawing, increase observation skills and use basic design principles that will help to fuel the power of your imagination—all of which are important and necessary skills to have in the animation and entertainment industry. This is the book that will help you create successful images with a strong focus on storytelling skills. 208 pages. $44.50
How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way
by Stan Lee. 192 pages $10.44
Movement & Form: A Comprehensive Guide to Gesture, Movement, Posing, and Design in Figurative Drawing
by Samantha Youssef
Bring movement, life, and believability to your drawings. Samantha Youssef's Movement & Form brings greater understanding of the gesture and body mechanics of a pose, and trains the artist to carry those qualities through in the design and aesthetic of the figure in his or her drawings. 208 pages. $64.99
Dynamic Figure Drawing
by Burne Hogarth. A new appraoch to drawing the moving figure in deep space and foreshortening. 176 pages. $14.93
Force: Character Design from Life Drawing
by Mike Mattesi. Design creative characters inspired by real people. Let Mike Mattesi show you how to use life drawing to discover the poses, features and personalities which form the basis of character and then build, develop and push your drawings to new heights of dramatic and visual impact for believable characters audiences can relate to. 256 pages. $19.25
Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators
by Mike Mattesi. Capture the force in your life drawing subjects. Learn how to: bring your work to life with rhythmic drawing techniques, create appealing and dynamic poses in your drawings, experience the figure's energy in three dimensional space, and use the asymmetry of straight and curved lines to clarify the direction of force in the body. 248 pages. $19.77
The Lexicon of Comicana
by Mort Walker. Written as a satire on the comic devices cartoonists use, the book quickly became a textbook for art students. Mort Walker is the creator of the comic strips Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois. He also founded the International Museum of Cartoon Art and serves as chairman. $13.04


The Complete Guide to Anatomy for Artists & Illustrators: Drawing the Human Form
by Gottfried Bammes
First published in 1964, Professor Bammes' Die Gestalt des Menschen has been translated into the English. Deconstructing the body into its smallest components, Bammes asserts the importance of learning the structure of bones, muscles and parts in order to accurately draw a human figure. 504 pages. $53.35
Basic Human Anatomy: An Essential Visual Guide for Artists
by Roberto Osti
Organized progressively, the book shows readers how to replicate the underlying structure of the body using easy-to-understand scales and ratios; conceptualize the front and side views of the skeleton with basic shapes; add detail with simplified depictions of complex bones and joints; draw a muscle map of the body with volumetric form and realistic dimension; master the feet, hands, and skull to create realistic renderings of the human form; and apply a deeper knowledge of anatomy to finished drawings for more impact. Hardcover. $26.51
Human Anatomy for Artists
by Andras Szunyoghy and Dr. Gyorgy Feher.
With more than 1200 highly detailed anatomical drawings by Hungarian professor of arts Andras Szunyoghy. 2006. 496 pages. $29.99
Albinus on Anatomy (Dover Anatomy for Artists)
by Robert Beverly Hale, Terence Coyle
Bernard Siegfried Albinus was the greatest descriptive anatomist of the eighteenth century. Over a period of twenty years, he produced two volumes of drawings, Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles of the Human Body and Tables of the Human Bones, that have long been revered for their beauty, skill, artistry, and anatomical accuracy. This finely made edition makes them available to the general public at an easily affordable price for the first time since their publication in 1747. $11.98

Classic Human Anatomy: The Artist's Guide to Form, Function, and Movement
After more than thirty years of research and teaching, artist Valerie Winslow has compiled her unique methods of drawing human anatomy into one groundbreaking volume. Three major sections—the skeletal form, the muscular form and action of the muscles, and movement—break the material down into easy-to-understand pieces. More than 800 distinctive illustrations detail the movement and actions of the bones and muscles, and unique charts reveal the origins and insertions of the muscles. 304 pages. $26.40

Classic Human Anatomy in Motion: The Artist's Guide to the Dynamics of Figure Drawing
by Valerie Winslow.
Companion book to the bestselling Classic Human Anatomy provides artists and art students with a deeper understanding of human anatomy and different types of motion, inspiring more realistic and energetic figurative art. 304 pages. $28.08

Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form
by Eliot Goldfinger. An understanding of human form is essential for artists to be able to express themselves with the figure. Featuring hundreds of photos and illustrations, this guide offers views of every structure that creates or influences surface form, informed by the detailed study of both live models and cadavers. A chapter on the artistic development of basic forms shows in a series of sculptures the evolution of the figure, head, and hands from basic axes and volumes to more complex organic shapes. 368 pages. $51.50

Anatomy for Sculptors, Understanding the Human Figure
226 page most easy-to-use human anatomy guide for artists, explaining the human body in a simple manner. The book contains keys to figuring out construction in a direct, easy-to-follow, and highly visual manner. Art students, 3D sculptors and illustrators alike will find this manual a practical foundation upon which to build their knowledge of anatomy - an essential background for anyone wishing to draw or sculpt easily and with confidence! In this book you will find the most the important muscles, functions and actions of the human body. Over 500 drawings illustrate the range from simple anatomy studies to more complex tutorials. More than 250 photos have been drawn over, revealing the muscles.
Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist
by Stephen Rogers Peck. This book includes sections on bones, muscles, surface anatomy, proportion, equilibrium, and locomotion. Other unique features are sections on the types of human physique, anatomy from birth to old age, an orientation on racial anatomy, and an analysis of facial expressions. The wealth of information offered by the Atlas ensures its place as a classic for the study of the human form. 272 pages. $12.41
Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters
A companion reference to Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters.
by Robert Beverly Hale and Terence Coyle. 272 pages. $14.93

Head Drawing / Portraits

How to Draw Portraits in Charcoal
by Nathan Fowkes. Explains the best supplies, using them effectively, and composing a portrait while avoiding common mistakes. $20.02
The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression
Author Gary Faigin shows readers the expressions created by individual facial muscles, then draws them together in a section devoted to the six basic human emotions: sadness, anger, joy, fear, disgust, and surprise. 288 pages $16.47
Colored Pencil Portraits — Step by Step
Ann Kullberg walks you through the process step by step—from basic information about materials and techniques to two demonstrations that show how complete portraits come together from beginning to end. You'll learn how to: choose the right tools and master basic techniques; compose a portrait; use light to create mood in your portraits; create a range of rich, believable skin tones; paint the face; and paint realistic-looking clothing. 128 pages. $15.47


Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits: More than 500 Color Combinations for Skin, Eyes, Lips & Hair
by William F. Powell.
Burnt sienna, yellow ochre, a pinch of salt. You get the idea. $9.95
Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light: Oil, Pastel and Watercolor
by Chris Saper.
Guidelines for rendering accurate skin tones in a variety of media, including watercolor, oil and pastel. Paint four major skin color groups (Caucasian, African American, Asian, and Hispanic). 128 pages. $18.52
Pastel Painting Atelier: Essential Lessons in Techniques, Practices, and Materials Hardcover
by Ellen Eagle.
Advice on basic materials; Studio practice suggestions; Cues for extrapolating the subtle details; Study of the working process: lessons on proportion, gesture, composition, color, application, identifying and correcting problems, and recognizing when a work is finished. $25.94
Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green
Michael Wilcox offers total reassessment of the principles underlying colour mixing in a breakaway from the traditional theory.
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Mastering the Craft of Painting
by Angelo John Grado
Basic instruction in form, color, and drawing based on Frank Reilly's famous teachings. $42.95
Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing
by Margaret Livingstone
The author, a Harvard professor of neurobiology, explains many artistic effects and illusions from the perspective of how the eyes and brain process light. $29.25
Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter
by James Gurney, best-selling author and artist of the Dinotopia series. Beginning with a survey of underappreciated masters who perfected the use of color and light, the book examines how light reveals form, the properties of color and pigments, and the wide variety of atmospheric effects. Gurney cuts though the confusing and contradictory dogma about color, testing it in the light of science and observation. 224 pages. $16.49
Visual Storytelling with Color and Light
by Michael Humphries
Visual Storytelling provides step-by-step techniques that will help readers better understand color theory, composition and lighting, both traditionally and digitally. Visual Storytelling illustrates and analyzes numerous Disney visual development and animation background paintings that provide the reader a greater insight as to how these paintings were created, and how they were instrumental in the creation of the worlds most successful and beautiful animated movies. $44.61

Figure Sculpture

Sculpting the Figure in Clay: An Artistic and Technical Journey to Understanding the Creative and Dynamic Forces in Figurative Sculpture
Peter Rubino teaches workshops in both the United States and Italy utilizing his easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructional methods perfected over thirty-five years as an educator at such prestigious institutions as the Brooklyn Museum Art School and the National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York City. 192 pages. $21.45
Modelling and Sculpting the Human Figure
Offering meticulous descriptions of the body's anatomical features, Edouard Lanteri (a friend of Rodin) covers modeling from casts and live models; measurements; frameworks; scale of proportions; composition in both relief and in the round; drapery; adding inscriptions; and much more. 107 full-page photographic plates. 27 other photographs. 175 drawings and diagrams. 496 pages. $11.41
The Art of Life
by Sabin Howard and Traci L. Slatton with foreword by Montgomery Taylor. 248 pages. $75.00
Rodin on Art and Artists
Conversations with Paul Gsell. On being inspired by models: "In his atelier several nude models walk about or rest. Rodin pays them to furnish him constantly with the sight of the nude moving with all the freedom of life." On sculpting a sense of movement: "Note, first, that movement is the transition from one attitude to another." 76 black-and-white illustrations of Rodin's sculptures, drawings, and prints are included. 119 pages. $11.01

Basic Drawing and Painting

Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier
by Juliette Aristides. "Every good drawing exhibits an understanding and control of tone, proportion, harmony, and composition." Includes companion DVD with drawing demonstrations by the author. 208 pages. $19.78

Drawing from Observation
by Brian Curtis. With an emphasis on progressive skill development, Drawing from Observation offers a balanced mix of hands-on technique and perceptual theory while making a compelling argument for the long-term value of studying perception-based drawing. 324 pages. $71.40
Harley Brown's Eternal Truths for Every Artist
Topics include: composition, edges, value, color, breathing life into your paintings, and establishing your workspace. "Your greatest obstacle isn't's attitude." $31.20
Dynamic Light and Shade
by Burne Hogarth (1911-1996).
Mastery of light and shade - rendered with accuracy and expressive power - is the key to three-dimensional form in drawing and painting. Hailed as the "Michaelangelo of the comic strip" Hogarth was one of the most iconic cartoonists and influential arts educators of the twentieth century and remains so today. As cofounder of the School of Visual Arts, he brought his unique approach to art into the classroom. $19.19
The Practice and Science of Drawing
An enduring classic written by Harold Speed in 1917, this book is filled with insights and practical advice on line drawing, mass drawing, visual memory, materials, and more. 84 plates and diagrams reinforce Speed's clear presentation. 296 pages. $9.98
The Art Spirit
Robert Henri taught at the Art Students League from 1915 to 1928. A leading figure of the Ashcan movement, Henri writes about art technique and the role of artists in America. "Paint what you feel. Paint what you see. Paint what is real to you." On drawing from a model, Henri writes: "In this pose our model is as much an artist as any of you. He has a distinct idea of the action he wishes to express, and he keeps well to the idea. It is a piece of good acting. If you would put as much mind, energy and imagination in your drawing as he does in taking and holding to the spirit of his pose, good work would result." 288 pages. $12.94
Pictorial Composition
by Henry Rankin Poor. Learn principles of composition, including balance, entrance and exit, circular observation, and angular composition. 104 pages $10.36
Perspective Made Easy
Ernest R. Norling. Includes over 250 simple line drawings to clarify the laws of perspective. 224 pages. $8.95
Keys to Drawing
Anyone who can hold a pencil can learn to draw. In this book, Bert Dodson shares his complete drawing system - fifty-five keys that you can use to render any subject with confidence, even if you're a beginner. You'll learn how to: Restore, focus, map, and intensify; free your hand action, then learn to control it; convey the illusions of light, depth, and texture; and stimulate your imagination through creative play. 224 pages. $15.63
Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil
by J. D. Hillberry. Step by step, you'll learn how to capture the look of metal, glass, weathered wood, skin, hair and other textures. 128 pages. $16.49
Drawing is Thinking
In Drawing is Thinking, Milton Glaser's drawings are meant to be experienced sequentially, so that the viewer not only follows Glaser through these pages, but comes to inhabit his mind. The drawings represent a range of subject matter taken from throughout Glaser's career. They illustrate the author's commitment to the fundamental idea that drawing is not simply a way to represent reality, but a way to understand and experience the world. 208 pages. $32.97
101 Things to Learn in Art School
by Kit White, a painter, critic, and teacher in the MFA program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. What is the first thing to learn in art school? Art can be anything. The second thing? Learn to draw. 224 pages. $12.82

Drawing Reference Photos of Figure Models

Figure Drawing Studio: Drawing and Painting the Nude Figure from Pose Photos
Artist Butch Krieger guides you through the fundamentals of learning to draw and paint the human form using photographs taken of live art models posing as they would for an art class. 184 pages. $18.58
Art Models 6: The Female Figure in Shadow and Light
With the book, artists can study 95 poses in strong unidirectional lighting and observe the female form through more than 200 printed photos. Varieties of body types, ranging from thin to plus-size, and ethnicities are included. Poses have been carefully chosen to illustrate important effects such as foreshortening and perspective changes. The PC/Mac-compatible DVD-ROM included in the book features more than 2,500 high-resolution JPEG photos providing a number of viewing options: on a computer screen, printed out, projected for a group, or via a high-definition television. Each angle of every pose may also be enlarged, enabling artists to zoom in to achieve a higher level of detail. 128 pages. $24.39
Art Models 5: Life Nude Photos for the Visual Arts
The 5th in the series by Maureen and Douglas Johnson features 12 new male and female art models. The guide includes individuals and couples with a wide range of body types in natural, relaxed stances, some inspired by classical works of art, as well as dynamic poses. The PC- and Mac-compatible DVD-ROM included in the book features more than 1,200 high-resolution photos available in a number of viewing options. Each angle of every pose may also be enlarged, enabling artists to zoom in on specific body parts to achieve a higher level of detail. 128 pages. $23.07
The Figure in Motion
by Thomas Easley. A visual reference of male and female figures for drawing. The models are photographed dancing, leaping, etc.
176 pages. $16.46
Virtual Pose Duo
Hardcover book and CD-ROM of 35 poses by Mario Henri Chakkour. Each image features two nude models posing together in various combinations: male/female, male/male, female/female. Poses can be rotated 360 degrees with the CD-ROM. 80 pages. $25.54
Comic Artist's Photo Reference
People & Poses: Book/CD Set with 1000+ Color Images
by Buddy Scalera et al. 144 pages. $16.49
Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists
Facial Expressions includes more than 2,500 photographs of 50 faces -- men and women of a variety of ages, shapes, sizes, and ethnicities -- each demonstrating a wide range of emotions and shown from multiple angles. Mark Simon owns A&S Animation, a cel animation house, and Animatics & Storyboards, the largest storyboard house in the south. 256 pages $14.95

Fine Art Photography

Jock Sturges: Notes
Jock Sturges: Notes gives fans of his unforgettable images a glimpse behind the scenes of his working process, opening up his studio and notes to the viewer for the very first time. A selection of preparatory studies, shot as Polaroids, accompanies the finished works included here--offering visual testimony to the complex process and inspiration. 96 pages. $28.86

Lighting the Nude: Top Photography Professionals Share Their Secrets
by Roger Hicks, Frances Schultz, Alex Larg, Jane Wood. 448 pages.
Each sample photograph includes is accompanied by an explanation of the shoot set up, including a diagram showing the position of the model, camera, lights, and reflectors. Covers many different kinds of lighting, and also includes a chapter on outdoor lighting.

The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos
by Michael Freeman. Published in 16 languages, The Photographer's Eye explores the traditional approaches to composition and design. It also addresses the new digital technique of shooting a picture that will later be edited, manipulated, or montaged to result in a final image that may be very different from the one seen in the viewfinder. 192 pages. $17.37

Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques
Renowned photographer Harold Davis explains contrast, lighting, and composition. He demonstrates the basic rules of black and white photography as well as when and how to break them. 240 pages. $17.69
Light Science & Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting
by by Fil Hunter, Steven Biver, Paul Fuqua
Light Science and Magic provides you with a comprehensive theory of the nature and principles of light, with examples and instructions for practical application. Featuring photographs, diagrams, and step-by-step instructions, this book speaks to photographers of varying levels. It provides invaluable information on how to light the most difficult subjects, such as surfaces, metal, glass, liquids, extremes (black-on-black and white-on-white), and portraits. $34.60
Camera: A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital
by Todd Gustavson, Curator of Technology at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.
368 pages. $13.87

Art Modeling

The Art Model's Handbook: The Naked Truth about Posing for Art Classes and Fine Artists
This book explains what you need to know to model for art classes and professional artists. You will learn about the structure of a figure drawing session, how to come up with interesting poses, costume modeling, fine art photography, professionalism, nudity and body issues, finding work, and security concerns. Also includes sample policies and guidelines for faculty and workshop leaders who work with art models. Andrew Cahner. 141 pages. $12.49
The Artist's Model: From Etty to Spencer
From being regarded as little more than a piece of apparatus to providing inspiration, the role of the artist's model in the 19th and 20th centuries changed. The authors examine the studio, the artistic training, and the cult of the model in this study. 144 pages. Used copies from $30.
Study of Pose: 1,000 Poses by Coco Rocha
An exploration of the movement and flexibility of the human body, featuring 1,000 black-and-white photographs. Supermodel Coco Rocha's uncanny ability to strike distinctive, camera-ready poses at an astounding speed has earned her international fame throughout the fashion industry, and made her the muse of celebrated photographer Steven Sebring. In Study of Pose, Sebring and Rocha have documented 1,000 unique poses--theatrical, vibrant, elegant, dramatic--in a simple white leotard-bending, jumping, sitting, standing, and everything in between. 2032 pages $40.45

Dictionary of Artists' Models
Edited by Jill Berk Jiminez. The first extensive reference work to identify and contextualize the lives and art history of individual artist's models, the Dictionary provides information on some 200 artists' models, from the Renaissance to the present day. Most entries are illustrated and consist of a short biography, a selected list of works in which the model appears, suggestions for further reading, and a signed interpretive essay. Each essay includes information about the model's life and the artists for whom they sat, and discusses their specific contribution to the artist's work. The Dictionary includes an Appendix that gives brief biographical details of lesser-known models and an extensive index of artists and works. An invaluable reference work for art historians, librarians, museum and gallery curators, as well as students and researchers. 624 pages. $180.00

Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud
Lucian Freud spent seven months painting a portrait of art critic Martin Gayford. Through their conversations, the reader learns not only about Freud's choice of models, lighting, setting, pose, and colors, but also about how he approaches his relationship with each portrait subject. Gayford records Freud's observations on the work of various old masters and his contemporary Francis Bacon, as well as anecdotes about people Freud has met, including Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, George Orwell, Greta Garbo, and his grandfather Sigmund Freud. 50 color and 14 black-and-white illustrations. 256 pages. $12.50

A Giacometti Portrait
James Lord sat for 18 days as the famed Alberto Giacometti painted his portrait. Interesting insights about the creative process of an eccentric artist who, despite his success, is full of self-doubt about his work. 117 pages. $10.20

Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object
In this philosophical memoir, Kathleen Rooney writes about her experiences as an art model in Boston. 183 pages. $15.81

Modeling Life: Art Models Speak About Nudity, Sexuality, And the Creative Process
by sociology professor Sarah R. Phillips. From the back cover: Throughout history, people have romanticized life models in an aura of bohemian eroticism, or condemned them as strippers or sex workers. Modeling Life reveals how life models get into the business, managing sexuality in the studio, what it means to be a muse, and why their work is important. 147 pages. $18.29

Surrounded by Art: The Art Model's Perspective
A documentary video about art models by Parker McPhinney.
117 Minutes. Available from Stellium Productions $32.00
The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form
From the art of the Greeks to that of Renoir and Moore, this work surveys the ever-changing fashions in what has constituted the ideal nude as a basis of humanist form. Published in 1972. 458 pages. $35.00

The Undressed Art: Why We Draw
Writer-naturalist Peter Steinhart investigates the rituals, struggles, and joys of drawing. Reflecting on what is known about the brain's role in the drawing process, Steinhart explores the visual learning curve: how children begin to draw, how most of them stop, and what brings adults back to this deeply human art form later in life. He considers why the face and figure are such commanding subjects and describes the delicate collaboration of the artist and model. 259 pages. $10.21


West Bend Digital Timer
Time your poses and breaks. Enter the duration with numeric keypad. A single AAA battery included. $14.98

Fashion and Commercial Modeling

The Professional's Guide to Modeling
If your interest is in fashion and commercial modeling, read this book by agent and photographer Roger Talley. 172 pages. $23.57

The Art Model's Handbook: The Naked Truth about Posing for Art Classes and Fine Artists • by Andrew Cahner
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Painting on book cover: “Trois Couleurs Noir.” Oil on canvas. © 2004 Antoine de Villiers. Used with permission.