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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for animators and life drawing, April 3 2009
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Parka (Singapore) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators (Paperback)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, Feb. 20 2014
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Jean Claude de La Ronde (Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun, Feb. 24 2013
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Excellent figure drawing book for student animators. I found this book to be very helpful and I would recommend it to art students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Nov. 8 2011
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This book shows how to add force and life to the human body. It doesn't teach anatomy but does go over what makes forceful poses including parts of the body, perspectives, line quality and such. Great and a must have for animators!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL, April 26 2011
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What a beautiful book. This has helped me so much already and I haven't even finished the book yet. Amazon has delivered it in the amount of days they said they would and in beautiful condition as well.

So happy with my purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, March 25 2010
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Wenjie Chen (Canada) - See all my reviews
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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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