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The author, Ted Seth Jacobs, began teaching sixty-five years ago as an occasional substitute for his teacher at the Art Students League of New York. After completing four intensive years there he continued teaching privately. Thirty years later he returned to have his own class at the League. Additionally, he taught at the New York Academy and in 1987 opened his own school in France. Over the years, Mr Jacobs became acutely aware of the lack of structural knowledge of art students. He realized that there was a great need to understand the structural organization of the body. It was apparent that after the predominance of non-figurative styles it had become very difficult to find any in-depth teaching of structure. The Dictionary of Human Form is designed to fill that need. Of course, the infinite variety of body actions, light directions, and angles of view cannot be contained between the covers of any one book. However with over eight-hundred explanatory pages and over two thousand illustrations, the reader can develop a structural way of seeing and understanding the body. The understanding of structure is the artist's vocabulary of form. Without it the art will be weak and over simplified. With a structural vocabulary you will be able to freely express your vision through images of the body. Nothing like the Dictionary has ever been published. We live in the Information Age. It is necessary for figurative art to catch up and evolve into a contemporary figurative vision.
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