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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.
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 7 months ago by Chanel
Some really good illustration on arms and hands and legs, I can copy them to improve my drawing skills, very usefulPublished 12 months ago by Bunny
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 morePublished on Dec 15 2003
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 morePublished on July 5 2003 by M. Gunnell
This book is a priceless reference for *anyone* who has to, or wants to, draw proper anatomy. G. Bridgman's methods are timeless. Read morePublished on May 20 2002 by Patchy Kahn