This series is aimed at readers who already have a basic knowledge of drawing and painting and who wish to improve their mastery of the plastic arts. The series consists of a systematic library as a way to learn, master and enjoy the secrets of drawing and painting. The overall design of the collection, the contents of each book and the order in which each volume is published follow modern didactic guidelines for art teaching.Each volume is dedicated to a single medium (oil, watercolor, pastel, etc) or to a single theme (still life, landscape, the human figure, etc) and is a compendium of theory, practice, special tips and expert advice, answering simply, straight-forwardly and attractively the questions most commonly posed by students and lovers of drawing and painting.The representation of the human figure is the central and most important subject in the learning process of an artist. In art school, once the students are able to handle the drawing and painting tools and know the basics of drawing and composition, they go on to study the human figure. The human body is not just another shape; it contains information about the nature of people, and the artist expresses it, consciously or unconsciously, according to his or her own interpretation. The artist shares those ideas with other artists, and thus each period incorporates a new set of concepts. This is how figure drawing and painting has change through time, according to the rhythm of the changes in style and thinking. However, it is not the intention of this book to solve such complex matters but to provide practical resources for mastering figure drawing and painting, from basic concepts about anatomy to detailed information on how the human body moves. This book’s instruction, advice, and illustrations deals with the human figure, both nude and clothed, in action and in repose, rendered in both wet and dry media. Various styles are shown, including examples by famous artist –impressionist, expressionist, and realist. Aimed at both beginners and experienced painters, this book explains the basics of drawing and painting the human figure, and includes sample projects to show artists how to achieve realistic and expressive detail.