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Constructive Anatomy [Paperback]

George B. Bridgman
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June 1 1973 0486211045 978-0486211046 1
This invaluable anatomical reference shows important parts of the human body, both in motion and in repose: hand, wrist, fingers, forearm, neck, thigh, leg, and more. Drawings of bone and muscle structure are also covered in detail. Over 500 illustrations. "Best book on artist's anatomy." — Art Students League News.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best anatomy book around July 31 2003
Format:Paperback
I have nearly ten anatomy books and this is the one I grab for most when I need to solve an anatomy problem while drawing or sketching.
For the most part, Bridgman first simplifies complex anatomy problems into simple structures before exploring the muscle patterns into more complex detail. This allows the artist to see the particular anatomy problem as a proportional mass rather than a complex network of muscle fibers. For me, this makes the human anatomy much more accessible.
For instance, he will take the torso and break it down into simple objects like cubes, triangles, and planes, illustrate them in their proper proportions, and then move forward into to more precise detail.
I find this book not just educational but as a great reference as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kinda hard to understand Feb. 9 2004
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Format:Paperback
This book is filled with pictures. George B. Bridgeman did a great job with this book. The reason I gave only 4 starts is beacuse it was kinda hard to understand. I mean I spent 20 min. figuring out the introduction and still dont full understantd it. But farther into the book it was easier to understand but still difficult. I am only 13 and this book may have been written for college students or adults so that may have been one reason I dont unerstand so well but once you start picking it up you learn a lot of stuff about the human anatomy. THIS IS GREAT FOR COMIC BOOK ARTISTS, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER ARTIST.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb content, great price... Feb. 13 2000
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Format:Paperback
One of the few books that I constantly refer to in figure drawing. Although the content was written way back in 1920, the concepts are still as valid then, as now.
The simple pencilled illustrations provide easy guidelines as to where one muscle stops and another begins. This enables one to draw a muscly figure with a few lines and shapes to show bulk and depth, especially with comic book illustration.
Finally, the price is perhaps as great a drawing factor as the content. Some comic book artists swear by Geoge Bridgman's books. You might also want to try some publications by Jack Hamm.
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This is a great book, but it would be confusing unless one first read's Bridgman's Life Drawing which more simply teaches his system of drawing. I also would suggest getting another book on anatomy along with this one that has very clear illustrations of bones and muscles such as The Human Figure by David Rubins to accompany this.
The beauty of Bridgman's books is that he teaches his method of constructing the figure that allows one to draw the body three dimensionally. Many beginning artists draw pictures of the body that look flat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid and indespinsable Jan. 10 2002
Format:Paperback
"Constructive Anatomy" is unique in that George presents the viewer a 'real world' application of the muscles, by telling you what each muscle does.
I'd be wrong in saying this book is a one-stop source for learning to draw people. Let's face it anatomy is tough and artists can use all the help they can get! What this book offers that other's don't is different views and applications of perceiving the limbs, muscles, bones, joints, etc., of the body. For the price it's listed out, ya can't go wrong!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! March 18 2003
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Lemme tell you something right now. This is one sweet little book! It gets two stars right off the bat because it's really cheap(unlike Hogarth). For a student who doesn't have an income, this really helps out. When I bought this this book, I thought I knew a little about human anatomy. Well, put it this way, I was wrong! This book is PACKED with anatomy! Thanks to it, I've been getting alot better. Now I'm starting to do a real study of this book, and I don't think I'll be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it because it shows transitions from the skeletal state ...
This book explains and shows the different anatomy stages very well. I love it because it shows transitions from the skeletal state to the musular stage.
Published 1 month ago by Chanel
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
Some really good illustration on arms and hands and legs, I can copy them to improve my drawing skills, very useful
Published 6 months ago by Bunny
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I hoped for!
I expected more from this book based on the reviews that I read before buying it. Although it has some good information about what specific muscles jobs are, the illustrations are... Read more
Published on Dec 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars best value of any book i've ever purchased!
this book is by far the best on figure drawing that i've seen. bridgman is an absolute master of the human form, and he breaks everything down into simple shapes to help even the... Read more
Published on July 5 2003 by M. Gunnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless
This book is a priceless reference for *anyone* who has to, or wants to, draw proper anatomy. G. Bridgman's methods are timeless. Read more
Published on May 20 2002 by Patchy Kahn
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good reference for students of varying abilities.
This book has been very useful as a reference for me personally and for the students that I teach. The subject matter is illustrated in a way that makes it possible to use for all... Read more
Published on Feb. 7 1997
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