Saturday, October 31, 2009

1762 Drawing Book - The artist's vade-mecum: Being the Whole Art of Drawing

How to draw the head in perspective.
Proportions of the head.

The artist's vade-mecum: being the whole art of drawing, taught in a new work, elegantly engraved on one hundred folio copper-plates, To which is prefixed, an essay on drawing.


Click here to see the 1762 prints for sale on Ebay.

Vade-mecum means a book for ready reference. This book is a compilation of prints designed for the student of art.

How to draw the nose, eyes and mouth.

How to draw the nose and eyes.

How to draw eyes.

The folio was influential to other publishers of drawing instruction books including Chapman's American Drawing Book.

How to draw hands and arms.
How to draw the hand holding objects.

How to draw clasping hands.

How to draw feet.

How to draw feet.
How to draw the arm.

How to draw feet.

How to draw the leg.

How to draw feet and legs.

How to draw hands.

How to draw the arm and hand.

How to draw hands.

The artist's vade-mecum; being the whole art of drawing, taught in a new work, elegantly engraved on one hundred folio copper-plates; ... To which is ... third edition, with considerable additions.

Harold Cazneaux - Australian Photographer

These photographs of a figure drawing class were probably taken at the Julian Ashton School in the 1920s.

A copy of the first is for sale at the Josef Lebovic Gallery.

Here is a sampling of his photographs from

Article from

Books at

Harold Cazneaux: The quiet observer


Philip Geeves presents Cazneaux's Sydney, 1904-1934

Harold Cazneaux (Artist in Photography)

Books by Harold Cazneaux including out of print books.

Books about modelling for art.

Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object

Modeling Life: Art Models Speak About Nudity, Sexuality, And the Creative Process

The Artist's Model: From Etty to Spencer

Artists and Models (Pocket Penguins 70's)

Kiki's Paris: Artist and Lovers 1900-1930

The Invention of the Model: Artists and Models in Paris, 1830-1870

Rollover, Mona Lisa!: How Anyone Can Model for Artists

The sculptor’s education in drawings and photography

An exhibition at the Leeds Museums and Galleries explores how sculptors have been taught to see in three dimensions.

The show runs from October 10th, 2009 to October 10th, 2010 at the Henry Moore Institute in Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH, United Kingdom.

For other posts about drawing from casts see:

How to Draw - drawing from Casts.

Or all the posts on the subject drawing from casts.

An ebook which has examples of drawing from casts is The Figure in Repose at

Cast Drawing Using the Sight-Size Approach at

Lessons on Shading

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Abraham Bloemaert - Drawing Book

Abraham Bloemaert was a 16th Century Dutch mannerist painter and printmaker.

One of his projects was an instruction book which consisted of 173 plates including some which were duplicates that were hand sepia colored.

A copy of Oorspronkelyk en Vermaard Konstryk Tekenboek van Abraham Bloemaart is available at

Here is a description from the seller:

Ottens edition, printed from the original plates mostly engraved by Frederik Bloemaart ca. 1650, of Abraham Bloemaart's classic engraved drawing book, first published by the artist himself ca. 1650 as Artis Apellae liber with only 100 or 120 plates. The first two parts show mostly detail drawings of heads, hands, arms, feet, legs, etc., in a wide variety of positions and covering males and females of all ages. Parts 3 and 4 show mostly full figures, both nude and in a variety of clothing, part 5 shows only putti, part 6 mostly full figures, part 7 completed scenes and part 8 animals. The drawings were intended as models for students or apprentices in art or engraving.

Oorspronkelyk en Vermaard Konstryk Tekenboek van Abraham Bloemaart at

Biography from the Getty Museum.

Another biography from

A sheet of drawing studies from the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

Abraham Bloemaert (1566-1651): Studien zur Utrechter Malerei um 1620 (German Edition)

Abraham Bloemaert (1566-1651) and his time

The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age

Additional images are visible at


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