Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing From Life: Over 1,000 Illustrations

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“An indispensable volume...published for the first time in paperback....More than 200 illustrations of hands and hundreds of images of arms, shoulders, heads, torsos, legs, knees, and feet.” —Library Journal. “It will...meet a deeply felt need to draw the human figure from a vantage point of understanding and visual acuity.”—Arts & Activities.
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“An indispensable volume...published for the first time in paperback....More than 200 illustrations of hands and hundreds of images of arms, shoulders, heads, torsos, legs, knees, and feet.” —Library Journal. “It will...meet a deeply felt need to draw the human figure from a vantage point of understanding and visual acuity.”—Arts & Activities.
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Improve your drawing skills with Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life, a classic instruction manual devoted to the careful study of the human form. Each section focuses on a specific body part, with plenty of tips and exercises to help artists of any skill level achieve proficiency. Subleties such as facial expressions, knuckles, and the mechanism of the wrist are emphasized to promote a more realistic final result. Easy to follow, and trusted for years by students and art instructors alike, this is one of the best life drawing manuals available.
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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. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806930152
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

How to Draw the Figure 12
Proportions of the Human Figure 17
Measurements 20
Movable Masses 23
Wedging, Passing and Locking 25
Balance 33
Rhythm 37
Turning or Twisting 42
Light and Shade 48
Distribution of the Masses 54
Building the Figure 57
Mouldings 62
The Human Head 67
The Skull 68
Drawing the Head 74
Perspective of the Head 76
Distribution of Masses of the Head 81
Construction of the Head 84
Planes of the Head 86
The Head in Profile 93
Above Eye Level 94
Below Eye Level 96
Round Forms of the Head 98
Round and Square Forms of the Head 100
Cube Construction 102
Oval Construction 105
The Head in Light and Shade 106
Comparative Measurements of the Head 110
The Child's Head 112
Muscles of the Face 113
Expression 114
The Chin 117
The Eye 120
The Ear 122
Planes of the Ear 124
The Nose 125
The Mouth 130
The Neck 133
Front of the Neck 134
Back of the Neck 135
The Torso--Front View 146
Masses 148
Planes of the Torso--Front View 151
Structure 153
Torso--Profile 155
Rib Cage 160
The Torso--Back View 161
Mechanism of the Torso and Hips 167
Shoulder Girdle 168
The Scapula--Mechanism of the Shoulder Blade 172
The Arm 176
Mechanism of the Arm 193
The Forearm 194
Masses of the Shoulder and Arms 200
Pronator and Supinator 205
Elbow 207
The Armpit 212
The Hand 214
Expressions of the Hand 218
The Wrist and the Hand 223
Mechanism of the Hand and Arm 226
Anatomy of the Hand 228
Muscles of the Hand 230
The Hand--Back View 232
Construction of the Hand 240
Thumb Side of the Hand 242
Little Finger Side of the Hand 248
The Fingers 260
The Fist 272
Knuckles of the Hand 277
Hand of the Baby 280
The Pelvis 282
The Hip 286
The Lower Limbs 288
The Thigh and the Leg 289
The Knee 302
The Foot 308
Abduction and Adduction 311
Bones and Muscles of the Foot 314
Toes 315
Draping 318
Styles 320
Composition 322
Draping the Figure 324
Folds 328
Types of Folds 330
Diaper Pattern 333
Pipe or Cord Folds 334
Zigzag Folds 336
Spiral Folds 340
Half-Lock Folds 342
Inert Folds 345
Volume 349
Rhythm 350
Index and Glossary 351
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  • Posted February 5, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    If you are a true artist, this book is in your library.

    I also to believe that the first person to write a review is not an artist or at least an educated one. If they had looked beyond the images (which are amazing and are lessons within themselves) they would have read the detailed, priceless information in regard to drawing from live models. This book has lead me to buy every other book published by this artist. If you READ the book as opposed to glancing at the drawings you will become a better artist due to information he provides. Thank you Pat Colin for recommending this book to me, another great artist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2003

    Best book on figure drawing ever assembled

    This is in my opinion the best book ever assembled in regards to anatomy/figure drawing for THE ARTIST! As oppossed to the endless 'PSEUDO-anatomy for the artist' books; Bridgman does what no other book has done before his intricate method of 'wedging', concentration of planes, prespective on figures and the most important the mechanisms of the human body. I am an aspiring comic book penciller and have read countless of 'anatomy for the artists' books and saw that they where getting me nowwhere. My figures lacked depth and the muscles looked too planar, but while reading Bridgmans book I have brought a whole new aspect/mentality to my art. So if you or anyone you know is an aspiring artist, please do yourself a favor and get this book you will not regret it.THANK GOD FOR GEORGE BRIDGMAN'S COMPLETE GUIDE TO DRAWING FROM LIFE AND THANK YOU JIM LEE FOR RECOMMENDING THIS BOOK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2003

    Excellant

    Whoever wrote the first review of this book is a complete idiot. Anybody who has studied life drawing or who knows anything about art history would understand the brillance of this book. George Bridgeman was the leading teacher of his time, and taught many famous artist how to draw, one of whom is Norman Rockwell. There are no photographes in this book, it is a collection of scribbles and drawings Bridgeman did on his students paper. This book contains all the information and knowledge one must posess to become a draftsman. Most good and prestigous figurative artists all have copies of this book. If you want to know how to be a draftsman buy this book, if you want to be an amatuer take the first guys advice. the drawings are a bit ruff but the acuracy is excellant. Remeber it is often said that unacomplished artist and amatuers are attracted to copying photo graphs. Great artist to drawings and paintings that use less but say more. Get this book it definately want hurt your art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2003

    Check the return policy before you buy this book!

    I really feel that this book is a waste of my money. To start with, it contains no photos for references. The drawing in the book can only be described as sketches and they are almost completely without details. Any sketches that do have any detail look little he used a very short body builder for his model with muscles that all out of porpotion. I see no merit in buying this book and truely regret buying it. I wish they had a zero stars rating that I could use to rate this book.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 23, 2009

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