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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (Sept. 8 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240808452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240808451
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 798 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'For animators or anyone exploring life drawing, this book is an inspirational choice.'
3D World, Feb 2007

'Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators, 2e is key to understanding how to capture forceful poses with dynamic drawing. It is informative, concise, and packed full of inspirational illustrations...Force is not just another 'anatomy for animators' book - it assumes that the reader has experience of figure drawing. The focus here is to build on that knowledge and to use straight and curved lines to show the direction of force in the body. Every point in the text is thoroughly demonstrated with the help of superb, dynamically drawn examples.' - Animated News, Oct. 2, 2006

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Animators and artists will discover and master the difficult techniques of rhythmic drawing - bringing their work to life!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 3 2009
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Here's a very useful book not just for animators, but for anyone who do character drawings. It's called Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators, authored by Michael D. Mattesi.

First of all, this is a book for intermediate and advanced artists. Foundational knowledge of anatomy is required to fully appreciate and follow along with the lessons.

This book is about creating realistic poses for life drawing. Examples show how forces inside the body and outside (gravity or objects) act on the human figure, and how the body reacts to the force.

There are lots of tips and illustrated examples on strong and memorable poses, such as the using of structure and form, overlaps, foreshortening, silhouettes etc. The explanations are clear and simple, even very sketchy illustrated examples bring the point across with very few lines.

While many instructional drawing books teaches how to draw, this book teaches how to think before drawing. Whenever I draw, I always remind myself of the tips to help prevent my characters from being too static.

Additionally, there are also chapters on handling clothing, drawing on location and drawing animals.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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Amazing work in this book. Several artists have done work for this book and its incredible to see the fluidity and range of motion they are able to capture with a model. Love this. It isn't perfect since of course, trying to explain certain things can be difficult but I think at the end of it all, the book gets its point across.
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By Wenjie Chen on March 25 2010
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This is a great book for life drawing and some important aspects of life drawing,other then simply anatomy and structure, that many other books miss. Even thought the style of artwork is not my particular favorite, but even that it is definitely worth buying and reading.
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A great help to my figure drawing after my work seemed to have reached a plateau. Mike's suggestions helped me better understand the force and the importance of the interpretation of force in the figure.
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By Jean Claude de La Ronde on Feb. 20 2014
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Things in this book that I never learned in college. It's worth a read every year and most importantly this book will boost your gesture drawings and illustrations with more Dynamism and energy!
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