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Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life Paperback – Apr 7 2009

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; 3.8.2009 edition (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: 4.0 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,598 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.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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Who am I to criticize a Bridgman classic? I believe that this book is a great tool to have in the collection, but not the only anatomy reference you will need to master anatomical art (hence loosing 1 star).
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I bought this book after I watched Marshall Vandruff's lecture about anatomy. He showed that even Frank Frazetta copied Bridgman's drawings. This book helps you draw human figures by simplifying the forms, so you can draw it in perspective. I found the most effective way to learn from this book is to copy the drawings. Just try to match them exactly. I bought it in 2011 and up till now, I am still copying the drawings. I love to do it so much. I can feel that my drawing skill improves a lot. Bridgman was a master at anatomy, and I believe by copying a master's drawings, we will learn a lot.
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This book is excellent for those artists who need practice drawing the human figure because the book has so many progressive pictures to look at and utilize. The section for "hands" is very good showing the artist, by example, how to go about starting each finger and on to the thumb and how to attach them to the hand. Each of the sections on the figure is self contained with several sketches with varying views (top, side,etc.) I have a hard time with specific components of the figure and this book has made everything very clear and helpful.
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If you would like to really know how to understandand draw the human body this is the book to get. Bridgeman makes the body easy to understand, but not like many drawing books were most of this how to draw books last 20 or 30 years this book has last almost a 100 years and is still used today. Bridgeman teaching has develop many top master such as norman rockwell. enjoy the book and really read and draw the human form like he develop it.
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Its good, but it did not meet my expectations. At least you can learn from it and use some of the illustration as a guide/model.
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This is by far the best book for study after you have the basics knowledge of the body.

When you first look at it you may think they are badly drawn but I've had to re-study this book more times then I can remember as every time I open it I learn something new even after reading and coping everything.
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