Anatomy-A Complete Guide for Artists by Joseph Sheppard

By Joseph Sheppard

During this significant guidebook, a grasp of determine drawing indicates readers in exact aspect the way to render human anatomy convincingly. Over 460 illustrations demonstrate the constitution of the physique by means of featuring cautious, an expert articulation of the muscle mass and bones mendacity underneath the surface.

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Symmetry is there in the main, but with minute differences and divergences; in the case of plant form, for instance, according to conditions of soil, climate, or other accidents. It will be seen in the study of natural form how generally the curvature is made up on some such principle as that upon which the circle was built up, of a multitude of sides rather than from a simple single curve. The simplest form of leaf may, to a hasty glance, appear to be composed of a straight and stiff midrib intersecting the arcs of two circles, but upon closer observation many varieties in the curvature are likely to appear.

The ordinary visiting card is an example of engraving on copper; but the printing of these, where many are required, is frequently done by taking transfers from the plate to a lithographic stone, so that a number can be printed at once, more rapidly and at less expense. In the case of a wood-engraving the reverse takes place. It is not those parts removed by the burin that afford lodgment for the printer’s ink, but the surface left standing and untouched by it. The sunk parts receive no ink at all, only those parts left at the original level of the block receiving ink from the roller with which ink is applied.

In a category by themselves stand lithographic “chalk” and lithographic “ink,” which are very nearly of the same composition, consisting of the same elements differently proportioned. Each name is in a sense a misnomer, as the substance is neither chalk nor ink in the generally accepted sense of either word. It is true that in so far as “ink” may be derived from “encaustic” in its relation to burnt wax, there is a certain coincidental connection of ideas between “ink” as commonly used and the lithographic ink invented by Senefelder.

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