Painting the human figure is a very rewarding challenge. These books provide not only help on the basics such as anatomy, proportion, and techniques, but also inspiration through the paintings (and drawings) reproduced in them.
After a chapter on the nude in the history of art, this book takes you through every aspect of figure drawing and painting: the skeleton, proportions, approaches to modeling form, working with a model, poses, lighting, composition, color, and more. It's profusely illustrated with photos of models, drawings, paintings, and works-in-progress in various mediums. It truly is a Big Book.
The premise of this book is that convincing and appealing figure paintings can be made by careful observation and interpretation, rather than through detailed knowledge of anatomy. (Much as a landscape can be created without a knowledge of geography.) And how to create a feeling of unity by establishing passages of light and shade and connecting the elements through colour. The result is striking.
A photographic anatomy book that focuses on what an artist needs to know in order to understand how the human body works, rather than making you learn the anatomical name for every single part.
Art Models is a book and/or disk containing photos of models in an array of poses. If you're wanting to paint life studies but can't afford a live model, this is the next-best thing. The book contains 500 photos, with two or four views for each pose. The disk has 3,000 photos, with 24 views for each pose. There's an array of poses, sitting, lying, and standing.
9. Virtual Pose
Virtual Pose are combined book/CD-Rom sets (there are various volumes) providing a variety of poses for figure painting. The ability to rotate the figure on your computer gives a feeling of 3-D a book can't.