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Dynamic Figure Drawing Paperback – Aug 1 1996

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; New edition edition (Aug. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823015777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823015771
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
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About the Author

BURNE HOGARTH (1911–1996), hailed as the “Michaelangelo of the comic strip,” was one of the most iconic cartoonists and influential arts educators of the twentieth century and remains so today. After attending the Chicago Art Institute and Academy of Fine Arts at the age of fifteen, Hogarth began an illustrious career in arts education, fine arts, illustration, advertising, and comics, and became recognized as one of the earliest creators of the graphic novel. Best known for his innovative illustrations of the syndicated Sunday Tarzan, Hogarth broke fresh ground in the newspaper comic strip by combining classicism, expressionism, and narrative in 
a powerful, new way.

As cofounder of the School of Visual Arts—one of the world’s leading art schools—he brought his unique approach to art into the classroom. His passionate lectures on anatomy and art history formed the foundation for The Burne Hogarth® Dynamic Drawing Series that continues to teach and influence artists and animators worldwide.

Hogarth’s art has been exhibited in many important galleries around the world including the Louvre in the Museé des Arts Décoratifs and Marseilles’ Bibliothèque. He traveled the world throughout his life receiving numerous international awards and accolades.

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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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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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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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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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