I’ve remarked in the past that some of Giovanni Civardi’s illustrations can sometimes be a little heavy and that some of his costumes can be a bit dated. Here, it’s true that there are some historic illustrations as well as some perhaps spurious drapery, but I think we can excuse that. If you want to show folds in cloth, the cloth itself has to have some substance if it’s not going to hang amorphously. On top of that, as you can see from the cover illustrations, there’s plenty of natural, modern clothing here too.
There’s plenty of good stuff here and Giovanni begins by demonstrating the way clothes look when they’re allowed to crumple. Folds are not sharp and shadows play an important part – there are some neat diagrams that get to grips with this in a single page.
As ever, most of the instruction is done by example, with the text being confined to captions that confirm what it is the illustrations are telling you, which is always the easiest approach to follow. As the book progresses, you’ll see clothing on figures in natural and believable poses – doing the things that people do, basically.
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