Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life Paperback – Apr 7 2009
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It's rare to find good, comprehensive books on drawing the anatomy. Each of these the first, the return of a classic; the second, a focused study; and the third, lessons from the masters deserves a place on library shelves. Bridgman was a legendary teacher at New York's Art Students' League. There, he originated a system of drawing known as "constructive anatomy." In 1952, his seven books on anatomy were gathered into one volume, which became a standard work at art schools and universities. Published now for the first time in paperback, it holds up as an indispensable volume, with more than 200 illustrations of hands and hundreds of images of arms, shoulders, heads, torsos, legs, knees, and feet. Fairley's book concentrates on those troublesome extremities hands and feet. Sketchbook exercises are followed by eight detailed painting demonstrations in watercolor, oil, and other media. Fairley then continues on to portraits in which variations in age, skin tone, composition, mood, and movement are integrated. Advanced students will find Hale and Coyle's Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters a rich source of inspiration. Hale, like Bridgman, was one of the great teachers at the Art Students' League. His student, Coyle, gathered together Hale's famous lectures to produce this compendium. Hale drew on principles found in 100 masterpieces by such artists as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rubens, Raphael, D?rer, Titian, and Rembrandt. In 1995, Giovanni Civardi's trilogy Drawing Human Anatomy (Sterling, 1995), Drawing the Female Nude (Sterling, 1995), and Drawing the Male Nude (LJ 3/15/96. o.p.) reached a high standard for good, basic books in this genre. These three surpass Civardi's works and are highly recommended for serious artists and comprehensive library collections.
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"...the return of a classic...Bridgman was a legendary teacher at New York's Art Students' League. There he originated a system of drawing known as 'constructive anatomy.' In 1952, his seven books on anatomy were gathered into one volume, which became a standard work at art schools and universities. Published now, for the first time in paperback, it holds up as an indispensable volume with more than 200 illustrations of hands and hundreds of images of arms, shoulders, heads, torsos, legs, knees, and feet." -- Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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When you first look at it you may think they are badly drawn but I've had to re-study this book more times then I can remember as every time I open it I learn something new even after reading and coping everything.
Now I have the UTMOST respect for anyone who ever taught at the Art Student's League in New York--I wish I had the opportunity to attend. (Maybe that's what I was hoping to vicariously achieve with this book.) And I have no doubt that Mr. Bridgman was, and is, a legend in the figure drawing world. But the illustrations throughout the whole book are really bad. I mean, like, unrecognizably so.
With all of my anatomy books I like to practice by trying to sketch the drawings in my own sketchbook, but with these pictures, there's just nothing to copy. It's more like looking at sketches that somebody made on a cocktail napkin. I guess I just like examples to follow when I'm receiving instruction, and I just don't feel like I'm getting it here. It's more like a biology lecture with grainy slides.
The other day I bought "How to Draw the Human Figure: An Anatomical Approach" by Louise Gordon, and have found it to be a much better buy, I think. Same price, better anatomy, much better pictures. Check it out. Either way, happy figure drawing.
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There seems to be little or no effort to match the drawings with the text.After scratching my head one to many times the enjoyment of learning to draw vanished as did the book... Read morePublished on Dec 7 2013 by jonpa
This book would best be an introduction to artistic anatomy for junior high school students. I don't consider it a serious book for real artists. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Sparkly Raven
I have bought many drawing books and have been able to gleam at least something from each that I thought warranted me keeping the book. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Jimmy Thomas