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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 March 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217992
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 210x295 mm
  • Illustrations: 240
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $38.99

Drawing Animals Using Grids


by Giovanni Civardi

Book Description

Learn how to use the grid technique to draw accurate sketches of your cats, dogs and horse from photographs and more, with the help of master artist Giovanni Civardi.

If you have often struggled to draw animals, from master artist Giovanni Civardi comes this highly visual beginners guide to drawing dogs, cats and horses using the traditional grid technique a method that makes the first stages of drawing simple and achievable.

Giovanni Civardi shows you how to create an accurate pencil sketch of the subject by laying a grid over a photo or drawing and transferring the image to the drawing surface one square at a time.

Beginning with a summary of animal anatomy and basic drawing techniques, this book contains over 90 outlines of dogs, cat and horses in a range of static and moving poses, with guidance on how to add shading and tonal effects to create more detailed finished drawings.

Table of Contents

What is the grid method?4

Drawing dogs6
- Introduction7
- Anatomy8
- External morphology10
- Proportions and perspective16
- Approaches to drawing18
- Dog gallery20

Drawing Horses86
- Introduction87
- Anatomy88
- External morphology90
- Proportions and perspective93
- Approaches to drawing94
- Horse gallery96
- Horse and man162

Drawing cats164
- Introduction165
- Anatomy166
- External morphology168
- Proportions and perspective171
- Approaches to drawing172
- Cat gallery174

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:

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