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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 26 March 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218005
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 210x295 mm
  • Illustrations: 740
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $38.99
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Drawing People Using Grids


by Giovanni Civardi

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Book Description

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

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

Artist 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 basic human anatomy and key drawing techniques, this book contains over 90 outlines of people in a range of ages, profiles and poses, with guidance on how to add shading and tonal effects to create more detailed finished drawings. Uses material from Drawing Using Grids: Portraits with Character and Drawing Using Grids: Portraits of Babies & Children.

Table of Contents

What is the grid method?4

Portraits with character6
- Introduction7
- Anatomy8
- Features and proportions10
- Approaches to drawing14
- Portrait gallery20

Portraits of babies & children82
- Introduction83
- Proportions and procedures84
- Portrait gallery86

People in action160
- Introduction161
- Proportions, perspective and structure162
- Anatomy164
- Approaches to drawing static and dynamic figures166
- Sketching moving figures174
- People in action gallery176

Finding inspiration236

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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