• THE THINGS THAT NUDITY REVEALS

    6 days ago - By Illustration Art

    Sigmund Lipinsky (1912) Some nude drawings are psychological documents; others are engineering diagrams.
    Some celebrate the triumph of the flesh while others mourn its mortality.
    Some drawings groan of manual labor while others float effortlessly.
    Lipinsky's mechanical reference marks contrast with his sensitive drawing to heighten the organic feel of the figure(including the abstract shape in the woman's hand) and block out the negative space in the larger composition.
    Figure drawings can provide a flickering candle for illuminating vistas too delicate to withstand daylight. They can also...
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  • THE THINGS THAT NUDITY REVEALS

    THE THINGS THAT NUDITY REVEALS

    6 days ago - By Illustration Art

    Artist Gaston Lachaise spent a lifetime drawing and sculpting nude images of his wife and muse, Isabel. Despite the fact that she weighed a mere 110 pounds when they met, he always envisioned her as an immense, rotund goddess.
    Isabel as seen through the lens of a camera and through the eyes of her husband.
    No matter how short she appeared standing next to her husband in clothing, when her clothing was stripped off she seemed to tower over him.
    Illustrator Robert McGinnis spent a career painting women so tall and thin, the poor creatures look as if they'd been elongated in a tractor...
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  • THE THINGS THAT NUDITY REVEALS

    THE THINGS THAT NUDITY REVEALS

    6 days ago - By Illustration Art

    At the beginning of this series on nudes, I suggested that mapping the human body was similar to uranography, the astronomical science of mapping the cosmos.
    One reader inquired: "What the hell are you talking about?"
    True, our fragile little bodies are not as big as the universe, but our complexity and variety and capacity are just as vast.
    Some planets are immense and fertile:
    Gaston Lachaise's view of his wife as an earth mother
    The planet Mercury, closest to the sun, is burning hot on one side and freezing cold on the other:
    Stephen Early
    The universe was governed by the Newtonian laws...
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