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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (April 7 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402766785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402766787
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's rare to find good, comprehensive books on drawing the anatomy. Each of these the first, the return of a classic; the second, a focused study; and the third, lessons from the masters deserves a place on library shelves. Bridgman was a legendary teacher at New York's Art Students' League. There, he originated a system of drawing known as "constructive anatomy." In 1952, his seven books on anatomy were gathered into one volume, which became a standard work at art schools and universities. Published now for the first time in paperback, it holds up as an indispensable volume, with more than 200 illustrations of hands and hundreds of images of arms, shoulders, heads, torsos, legs, knees, and feet. Fairley's book concentrates on those troublesome extremities hands and feet. Sketchbook exercises are followed by eight detailed painting demonstrations in watercolor, oil, and other media. Fairley then continues on to portraits in which variations in age, skin tone, composition, mood, and movement are integrated. Advanced students will find Hale and Coyle's Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters a rich source of inspiration. Hale, like Bridgman, was one of the great teachers at the Art Students' League. His student, Coyle, gathered together Hale's famous lectures to produce this compendium. Hale drew on principles found in 100 masterpieces by such artists as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rubens, Raphael, D?rer, Titian, and Rembrandt. In 1995, Giovanni Civardi's trilogy Drawing Human Anatomy (Sterling, 1995), Drawing the Female Nude (Sterling, 1995), and Drawing the Male Nude (LJ 3/15/96. o.p.) reached a high standard for good, basic books in this genre. These three surpass Civardi's works and are highly recommended for serious artists and comprehensive library collections.
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"...the return of a classic...Bridgman was a legendary teacher at New York's Art Students' League. There he originated a system of drawing known as 'constructive anatomy.' In 1952, his seven books on anatomy were gathered into one volume, which became a standard work at art schools and universities. Published now, for the first time in paperback, it holds up as an indispensable volume with more than 200 illustrations of hands and hundreds of images of arms, shoulders, heads, torsos, legs, knees, and feet." -- Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
I own several drawing books including: Drawing A Contemporary Approach (Betti / Sale), Figure Drawing (Goldstein), The Craft of Drawing (Wood), Gray's Anatomy, Drawing on The Right Side of The Brain (Edwards). BRIDGMAN'S is bar the best purchase, and possibly the only drawing book you need to teach yourself to draw. Let me preface that by saying, Betty Edwards book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain I also give five stars, primarially as a fantastic tool for teaching drawing, and for those beginners who are not right-brain dominant but want to draw.
Open to almost any page in Bridgman's and you'll see several illustrations to begin working from if you choose. Or, read from the beginning the simple text that helps break down the figure, and the figure's components, into shapes and go from there. This book is brimming with accurate and easy to read text and anatomical poses to learn from.
I guarantee you, if you draw as you see in the Bridgman's book, or if you even copy every drawing in the Bridgman's book, you will draw the figure, and everything else, like a professional. This book should be on every teacher and professor's course syllabus for all drawing levels. Great tips, great tools, great reminders. Enjoy drawing!
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In my opinion, perhaps it is best to review this book in two aspects: a) what & how they are covered in the book and b) how I use this book.
WHAT & HOW THEY ARE COVERED IN THIS BOOK: This book covers every part of a human body and how to draw them. These include proportions, balance, light & shade, head, torso, arm, hand, pelvis, leg, foot, and drapery. Not only does each section show how to draw these human organs, their anatomical aspects are also discussed in sufficient detail. Illustrations are drawings by the author, going from simplified to realistic expressions of the organs. Movement, gesture, and balance are the most useful and interesting aspects discussed for each organ as well as for the whole body. These aspects are usually not as clearly covered in other anatomy books as in this one. This is a special strength of this book compared to others.
HOW I USE THIS BOOK: Although the approach I use to do life figure drawing is more like that described in "The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing : A Contemporary Perspective on the Classical Tradition" by Anthony Ryder (also read my review on this book), this book is valuable to me for the following reasons:
- Certain poses that are impossible to set sufficiently long for a detailed rendition, either due to their complexity or time restraint, that a live model cannot maintain. In this case, quick sketches or incomplete drawings are done from a live model; the rest will be done based on an understanding of human anatomy. This is when this book becomes a big help.
- Even when drawing from a life model, certain features are not clearly visible or existent in the same model. For instance, a beautiful face does not always come with an ideal body proportion.
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I bought this book just over a year ago. I heard all the hype about it and was excited to give it a shot. When it arrived, I quickly skimmed through it and set it aside. My initial thoughts were that it was too wordy and the drawings looked too loose and abstract for me to learn from. Recently, I decided to force myself to give it another chance and boy, am I ever glad I did! I almost made a huge mistake by dismissing this book. I've never read a book on anatomy that gave me so many "ah-ha" moments as this one. After completing this book, I finally feel like I've got the confidence to tackle the other drawing books I've bought and tried like Loomis and Hogarth that teach a tighter drawing mechanic. This book, though, was the key to understanding it all. I get so much more out of other books now that just kind of teach you how to draw by copying like How to Draw the Marvel Way and other books of that nature. This book isn't just a how to book. It tells you about the why, as well. The why will allow you to take all those art examples in How To books and employ them better. You'll understand the artistic choices, be able to pick out errors and even find it easier to remember dynamic poses. This book is not without its flaws. There are a few errors in it as well as print alignment issues on at least one of the pages that cuts off some of a drawing. There are also points where Bridgman will describe a numbered diagram but the diagram is not anywhere to be found or he'll have a numbered diagram with no corresponding description. Some chapters are also more thorough than others and you'll find yourself backtracking a lot to match up certain lessons. Overall, this is one of the best (if not the best) books I've ever read on drawing the human figure.
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By "artshogun" on July 9 2002
Format: Paperback
After purchasing too many sub-par reference books on anatomy for artists, I highly recommend any of the Bridgman books. However, this one is the best of the bunch, as it combines the illustrations of the others in a larger format. Hey, you can spend triple the price of this book on newer books with poorer illustrations on better quality paper, (a.k.a: "Drawing the Human Body" by
Giovanni Civardi -blech!), but for my money, Bridgeman has yet to be beat. An absolute must have for any serious illustrator or figurative painter.
I also recomend "The Human Figure: An Anatomy for Artists" by David K. Rubins as a no-nonsence, highly useful anatomy reference.
-CDK
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