A lot of things claim to be the complete guide but, at a whopping 312 pages, this one certainly looks and feels the part.
Getting inside it confirms that this is indeed a substantial work, with every aspect of the human form examined from block shapes through muscle and bone structure to the completed artwork. Each section follows the same progression, so it becomes easy to follow which, given how much there is to absorb, is a definite plus. Because there’s so much, though, you need to be aware that this is something to sit down and take time with, rather than dip into. Think of it as a structured course and you won’t go far wrong with it.
Gottfried covers male and female figures, both static and in motion and in a variety of poses, as you’d probably expect from a book of this kind. He also deals in the same detail with eyes and ears as he does with bodies and legs, so there’s literally no stone unturned.
If you can’t get a private tutor, this is very much the next best thing. It’s structured very much like a course and is absolutely thorough in its attention to detail and should satisfy the most demanding student.