An Authoritative Guide To Drawing and Painting the Figure And Portrait
By Rob Zeller The Founder and Director of the Teaching Studios Of Art®
Mastering the figure is an essential tool for any serious visual artist. At a time when renewed interest in figurative art is surging throughout the art world, author Robert Zeller presents The Figurative Artist’s Handbook—the first comprehensive guide to figure drawing and painting to appear in decades.
Illustrated with Zeller’s own exquisite drawings and paintings as well as works by nearly 100 historical and contemporary figurative art masters, the handbook is also a treasure trove of the finest figurative art of the past and the present day. Included are Michelangelo, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Gustav Klimt, Edward Hopper, Andrew Loomis, Andrew Wyeth, Lucian Freud, Odd Nerdrum, Eric Fischl, Bo Bartlett, Steven Assael, John Currin, and many others.
“At the risk of seeming over the top, it is safe to say that this book is a milestone. Obviously a labor of love, it also marks the opening of the next chapter in the rebirth of figuration in America today.”
Editor, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine
“The Figurative Artist’s Handbook… is a very beautiful book to look through, so it may be challenging for those who use it as a handbook to let it get dirty and dog-eared, just like the previous generation did with their [Andrew] Loomis books. But used as intended — both for reference and for inspiration — it will achieve its purpose. As its gorgeous plates tell us, there is a rising group of figurative artists who know the importance of learning “the rules” before they break them, which is precisely the opportunity this book intends to offer its most ambitious readers.”
—John Seed, Hyperallergic
“”Robert Zeller’s book is a welcome reminder of the ongoing importance of figurative art, and the many masterful figurative artists working today. It is at once a comprehensive, practical guide to the construction of the human body—male or female, standing or reclining, viewed from the front or the back, self-absorbed or expressively gesturing—down to the last anatomical and aesthetic detail, and an informative, incisive, critical account of the history of figurative art, a sort of grand tour of the seemingly infinite variety of modes of representation of the figure. Beginning with the treatment of the figure in ancient Egypt and ending with its treatment in the 21st century, Zeller makes it stunningly clear that the representation of the figure, in whatever stylistic mode, is the bedrock of visual art. The book has encyclopedic breadth and analytic depth, and is beautifully illustrated with drawings and paintings, all presenting the body in one or another of many possible positions and situations, all suggesting that we need the mirror of art to insightfully attune to our own bodies.”
—Donald Kuspit, Art Historian and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art History and Philosophy, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Study the Figure with the AuthorZeller teaches the figure and portrait at these times:
- Figure Drawing and Painting- Wednesday AM 11am - 2pm.
- Portrait Drawing and Painting- Wednesday AM 3pm - 6pm.
Figure Drawing and Painting - Wednesday PM 6:30 - 9:30pm.*
*This class can be combined with Zeller's Tuesday night Foundations 1 class for a 15% discount. This is a great option for Portfolio Development students, or anyone looking to develop their skills as a figurative artist.