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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 1 edition (June 1 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486211045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486211046
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 15.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Excellent. The most valuable, detailed anatomical studies (which are also beautifully drawn) of all parts of the figure."—American Artist
"The best book on artist's anatomy available anywhere."—Art Students League News
Countless artists and students since the 1920s have used this and other books by George B. Bridgman (for nearly 50 years a teacher at the Art Students League in New York) for a solid foundation and understanding of human anatomy. They have found, and continue to find, that his unique way of discovering the vitalizing forces in the human form and realizing them in drawing carries the student pleasantly over one of art's most severe hurdles. Bridgman's superb anatomical sketches, of which there are nearly 500 in the book, also bring clearly to fruition his lucid theories of how to draw the human body in its structure and its complex movements.
Constructive Anatomy, an anatomical reference guide for the working artist, sculptor, and student, graphically shows important parts of the human body, both in motion and in repose—hand, wrist, thumb, fingers, forearm, arm, armpit, shoulder, neck, head, eye, nose, ear, mouth, chin, trunk (front, side, and back), pelvis, hip, thigh, leg, knee, ankle, foot, and toes. Drawings of bone and muscle structure of the working of the joints and the interrelation of the various parts of the body are mainly concerned with movement of all sorts—movements that are described in detail as well as illustrated. The bending, twisting,and turning, creasing and interlocking of the various parts of the body are represented in drawing as the wedging of masses in specific ways that are clearly defined by Mr. Bridgman.
Every artist will save tedious hours of research with this simple but effective approach, and will be delighted with its directness and fervor.

About the Author

Canadian artist George Brandt Bridgman (1865-1943) studied at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and taught at New York City's Art Students League. Generations of students have learned the principles of anatomy and figure drawing from his books, which rank among Dover's most popular art instruction texts.


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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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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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"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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By A Customer on March 18 2003
Format: Paperback
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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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 novice. his realistic and beautiful drawings are anatomically accurate, and quite nice to look at! buy any of bridgman's books, including the brilliant "book of 100 hands", and you'll be treating yourself to an extremely inexpensive lesson from a true master.
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This book is a priceless reference for *anyone* who has to, or wants to, draw proper anatomy. G. Bridgman's methods are timeless. This guy taught many of the giants of the Golden Age of Illustration. If nothing else, having it in your office library will give you credibility.
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Kindle Paperwhite doesn't have enough contrast to make the sketches visible. Some of the text conversions are gibberishy especially the figure labels. Not bad for the price, but I'd only get the kindle version as a sample.
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