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Mr. Hogarth, a dissent
on June 16, 2000
There's no short cut to learning to draw the human figure realistically in space. What you will learn from Mr. Hogarth is in essence his own system with it's own deep-seated lapses. If you want to learn to draw like somebody else, why not study Alex Raymond and Hal Foster, two great realist-illustrator cartoonists who were far superior to Hogarth?
Although his fans will disagree, if you read carefully between the lines of their reviews, they're often saying the same thing; with a radical difference in emphasis. They think it was worth it. In my opinion learning this system is a form of artistic suicide, a one-way ticket to hack-dom. I sincerely doubt that what is valuable in this book can be separated from what is artificial, hackneyed, mannered and sterile.
Even if you want to draw super-heroes (the only application of this book that I can remotely entertain), you should read and work through a variety of books. The public library usually has decent ones available for free. Of the books that I've used, Master Class in figure drawing by Robert Beverly Hale gives you a taste of what it must have been like to sit in on Hale's legendary classes, and Artistic Anatomy by Richer provides more than you'll ever need to know about the human body. Learning to draw the figure should be approached as a great adventure (as all great challenges are). Learn anatomy systematically - don't learn a system of anatomy... You'll end up with a system anyway, but it will be your own, earned through study, practice and inquiry.
Using this book is caking out. Don't do that.