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Dynamic Figure Drawing [Paperback]

Burne Hogarth
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Aug. 1 1996
This powerful book offers a systematic approach to rendering action figures that seem to leap off the page.


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Burne Hogarth’s (1911–1996) remarkable career spanned over 60 years. He wore many hats in the worlds of fine art, art education, and art publishing. He is most famous for his internationally syndicated Sunday newspaper color page feature “Tarzan” (1937–1950) and for his illustrated adaptations of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels Tarzan of the Apes and Jungle Tales of Tarzan. A co-founder of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Hogarth remains one of the most influential figures in art education today.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This book , though I have only seen it for one night has shown e thigs I never would have thought of about drawing comic book-esq figures. Its definately a great book for people who aspire to professionally pencil comic books, like myself. But it is not medically accurate, so in that case, not meant for realist drawing.
I see that a few of the reviewers have been rather harsh with this book. Well in that affair, let me say that they are cases of people not looking at this book as a comic book referrence, but rather a realistic, fine arts way. So if that is what you are looking for, I do not suggest this book.
As to the explanations in the book, they are a bit tough to understand, but if you study carefully the illustrations, then the instructionsbecome much clearer.
Also, as a side note, as its been stated this is NOT a good book for beginners in the comic book field. In that regard, I suggest "How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way," by Stan Lee, and John Buscema.
To sum it up, this book is for the small group of people who are not beginners to comics, but still need to refer or learn about the comic book style male body.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Systematically Render Any Imaginable Human Form May 22 2002
By Rahman
There is an undeniable rapport which every one of us has with the human form. It has been shown that even newborn infants almost immediately recognize and differentiate between faces and expressions. The human face and body remain amongst the most complex physical instruments known, and the scientific and artistic expression of them has remained a priority throughout past and present civilizations.
This work is a classic in the field, and for perhaps the first time introduced the general public with a methodology of constructing any human figure, in any posture, purely from imagination, without the need for a posing model.
The basis of this system is the concept that any part of the human body can be simplified into a handful of fundamental geometric shapes, which can then be connected in space, and then interact with one another. This approach culminates in the astonishingly realistic construction of the human form in action, of which numerous examples are provided. The emphasis is always upon the spontaneous creation of human characters, projected from three dimensions upon a two dimensional surface.
Most disciplines and endeavors, and consequently the practitioners within it, tend to become complacent, increasingly relying upon a fixed set of tools and habits. This system, in contrast, is sufficiently general that any posture of any form, at any angle of view, can be drawn with equal facility. Just as there is a standard for cursive handwriting, yet eventually each individual projects their own unique personality and style into their writing, this system begins with a standard of figures, yet allows and actually encourages justifiable stylistic changes.
Furthermore, the actual form itself need not be limited to any particular type.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of the greatest, most comprehensive guide to drawing figures in complicated poses and angles. Most people find this book to be too complicated. It's true that the book is very scholarly and requires a thorough study. It's not a how-to book for hobbyists and kids that guides people through figure drawing step-by-step. To get most out of it, one must already be fairly experienced at drawing the figure in more common poses and very committed to learning more. The book is an intellectual collection of techniques and methods to solving *problems* that arise in figure drawing.
I purchased Hogarth's Dynamic Figure Drawing book along with the other books in his Dynamic series almost a decade ago. Since then, I have been studying the books and learning the methods slowly but surely. The books take a great deal of practice and dedication to master the knowledge contained within them. I still feel that I have much to learn from these books, despite the number of times I have referred to them through these years. However, I feel that it is because of the knowledge gained from these books that I have grown so much as an artist over the past years. I only regret that Hogarth died before I could sign up for any of his classes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for aspiring comic-book artists!! May 17 2002
First, I have to point out that this is NOT an anatomy book. If you purchase this book as an anatomy book, you will be diasappointed. (you probably wanted "Dynamic Anatomy" by the same author)
This book focuses on drawing the human figure in dynamic poses. It offers many good techniques on foreshadowing, proportion, and balance. I found this book to be helpful within the first several pages. Hogarth provides ample description and explanation of his techniques.
I would not recommend this book to people who are more interested in fine-arts figure-drawing and life drawing, as this book is intended for drawing the human figure without a model. If you are interested in comic book art, illustrations, or other drawing that involves drawing dynamic scenes without a model, this book is a *wonderful* starting point.
And like any how-to-draw book, it is not an instant solution to all of your drawing problems. The only way to truly improve is by lots and lots of practice, but this book gives you great techniques to practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Just Perfect for what it is!!I received the book really fast...I recommend this one also to anyone who wants to learn a little bit more about that style of drawing!!
Published 9 months ago by Shyler
4.0 out of 5 stars a great book to have in your repertoire for life drawing...
This is a classic and very good.....work your way through it doing each one yourself and you will be a Better artist
Published 12 months ago by judi hopewell
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta watch that foreshortening!
Superior to almost any human anatomy art book you care to name. Hogarth shows us that there are no shortcuts to any place worth going --the nuances of human musculature, skeletal... Read more
Published on July 28 2003 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Yech!
Since when does Dynamic = Preposterous, Awkward and Just Plain Silly? I would not recommend this to anyone who is serious about improving their drawing abilities... Read more
Published on July 17 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to advance your drawing skills
The book is actually the only reason I became interested in figure drawing. It's not really an intro to learning how to draw but rather helps advance your basic skills and... Read more
Published on July 17 2003 by Lando
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful figure drawing reference
It looks like it has every pose imaginable in it. But it doesn't. But that's ok, it shouldn't be used as an excuse not to observe from other sources. Read more
Published on March 15 2003 by waiting2bdeleted
3.0 out of 5 stars a reviewer from the phillipines
well,i just sold this book.why?i found the instructions too much technical!no step-by-step methods etc. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2003 by black_bayag
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, but more females, please...
A good book if you're a more advanced artist and want over-muscled, foreshortened and dynamic action poses--with few instructions--for the male anatomy. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2003 by "swandog_studio"
5.0 out of 5 stars Animator's Ultimate Resource
I agree with most everyone, this book is a must get for all animators and professionals trying to draw/model a human figure.
Published on July 31 2002 by L. Amarakoon
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it.! Be careful.
This is NOT a book for beginning figure drawing. I made the mistake of buying it and I am now returning it. There are no step-by-step lessons in this book. Read more
Published on July 22 2002
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