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Constructive Anatomy Paperback – Jun 1 1973
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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.
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For the most part, Bridgman first simplifies complex anatomy problems into simple structures before exploring the muscle patterns into more complex detail. This allows the artist to see the particular anatomy problem as a proportional mass rather than a complex network of muscle fibers. For me, this makes the human anatomy much more accessible.
For instance, he will take the torso and break it down into simple objects like cubes, triangles, and planes, illustrate them in their proper proportions, and then move forward into to more precise detail.
I find this book not just educational but as a great reference as well.
The simple pencilled illustrations provide easy guidelines as to where one muscle stops and another begins. This enables one to draw a muscly figure with a few lines and shapes to show bulk and depth, especially with comic book illustration.
Finally, the price is perhaps as great a drawing factor as the content. Some comic book artists swear by Geoge Bridgman's books. You might also want to try some publications by Jack Hamm.
The beauty of Bridgman's books is that he teaches his method of constructing the figure that allows one to draw the body three dimensionally. Many beginning artists draw pictures of the body that look flat.
I'd be wrong in saying this book is a one-stop source for learning to draw people. Let's face it anatomy is tough and artists can use all the help they can get! What this book offers that other's don't is different views and applications of perceiving the limbs, muscles, bones, joints, etc., of the body. For the price it's listed out, ya can't go wrong!
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Kindle Paperwhite doesn't have enough contrast to make the sketches visible. Some of the text conversions are gibberishy especially the figure labels. Read morePublished 7 months ago by monica miles
This is a great book. It's helping me so much to understand the anatomy of the human body and how each part moves.Published 14 months ago by Katie Frank
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 22 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 on April 2 2014 by Bunny
This book is filled with pictures. George B. Bridgeman did a great job with this book. The reason I gave only 4 starts is beacuse it was kinda hard to understand. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2004