Saturday, July 30, 2011

Henry Shaw - 1920s Life Studies for Artists

Henry Shaw published a series of artfully posed photographs of women in the 1920s and sold them as Shaw's Life Studies - A New Series of Original Photographs From Life - To Be Used Instead of the Living Model by Artists and Art Students.


Click here to see two other print ads for sale on Ebay.

Some links to photographs:

Vintage Photographic Images
Lot 334: Henry Shaw Group of Nudes Vintage Silver Prints
Lot 336: Henry Shaw Group of Nudes Vintage Silver Prints

Art Models 5: Life Nude Photos for the Visual Arts

Life Class: The Academic Male Nude, 1820-1920

More images here.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Arthur Momand - Figure Drawings

Arthur Momand was the author of Keeping up with the Joneses, a popular comic strip from the beginning of the twentieth century. To keep up his skills he did a lot of figure drawing.

Check out the shading of the leg in the figure on the left and how he makes the foreshortening convincing.

Click here to see these and other items by Arthur "Pop" Momand for sale on Ebay.

Other Blog Posts How to Draw Hands, Feet, Arms, Legs and Anatomy. More Drawings by Arthur Momand.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

How to Draw Necks and Backs

Drawing by Rene Prejelan from La Vie Parisienne. The Caption reads, Nuques et dos - Etudes pour illustrer le Dictionnaire des academies françaises and translates as Necks and backs - Studies to illustrate the Dictionary of the French academy. More drawings by Rene Prejelan at Pinupmania.

Left J. H. Vanderpoel, Construction of the neck and shoulders from The Human Figure, right Franz von Stuck, Naturstudie.

Left Fritz Schider Ruckansicht Naturdtudie, right torsos of a man and a woman from Fritz Schider's Plastisch-Anatomischer Handatlas. Reprinted in English as An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists.

Figure studies from Alice Bloch's Rank und Schlank, Harmonische Schulung de Frauenkörpers. Copies of a similar book by Alice Bloch are available on

Harmonische Schulung Des Fraun-Korpers; Nach Gesundheitlichen Richtlinien in Bildern Und Merkworten

Others are available at Harmonische Schulung des Frauenkorpers

Similar figure studies can be viewed at Dora Menzler's Korperschulung and Neue-Folge

Here is a link to an academic discussion of the German body culture of the early twentieth century Empire of Ecstasy.  A kindle edition is available Empire of Ecstasy: Nudity and Movement in German Body Culture, 1910-1935 (Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism)


Figure Studies by Albert Arthur Allen of the neck and back.

Figure Studies by Albert Arthur Allen of the neck and back showing the entire body. See more of Allen's figure studies at The Female Figure, Series 1 - Technical Edition.

The Perception of Appearance: A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawing
The Girls from La Vie Parisienne
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