Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/4/7
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The timeless classic on drawing human figures is back! Following impressive runs by Sterling's previous editions comes a new, redesigned version of George W. Bridgman's landmark work. It combines six well-known books by the celebrated artist and lecturer, who taught figure and anatomy drawing for many years at New York City's Art Students League. This edition preserves Bridgman's lessons and original sketches, but now features a nostalgic, eye-catching cover that distinguishes it from the competition. In its sleek new format, this comprehensive guide will certainly continue its reign as one of the premier figure-drawing publications of all time.
"...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 --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。商品の説明をすべて表示する
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The twentieth century was a golden age for life drawing techniques and we are very lucky that teachers like Bridgman chose to share their great experience. He was famously a hard task-master who expected great things in his students and apparently his students adored him. His students included some some artists who went on to become very famous names. Norman Rockwell wrote glowingly of his studies with George Bridgman. Other famous students were Robert Beverly Hale and Kimon Nicolaïdes, both of whom went on to produce life drawing books that have become standard references. Jackson Pollock's sketchbooks include many drawings made from studying Bridgman's book.
I have been an art teacher for many years and Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing From Life has always been one of those books I highly recommend for all art students.
It is a great book for anyone who has some knowledge of anatomy and wants to learn more comprehensively about the human body. I haven't taken a drawing class in years and wanted to refresh myself on some life drawing. From this book I was able to create dynamic poses for humanoid characters. It teaches all about movement of joints, rotations, and muscle placement. The books that this complete guide is comprised of are a bit older but still relevant and have great examples and can be used as a source of reference. If you are interested in any of the Bridgman's books I would suggest starting with this one and then see what book you would like a more in depth review on, there are many to chose from.
First, about the book itself. I am not sure if this is ONLY an issue with the kindle version, though I doubt it, however the illustrations look like drawings run through the copier too many times. Like the copy of the copy was copied and then pasted in this book. The quality of the drawings are not great - there are a dozen other artist anatomy/ life drawing books and most of them seem to have better quality images. Except for maybe the ones with reproductions from the masters but those are just better drawings anyway.
The main reason I am rating THIS VERSION with a 2-star review is because of the quality of the kindle book is so amazingly crappy. Instead of being a legitimate digital version, they are poorly scanned photos of each page. And I mean POORLY - no attempt was made to remove the shadowing of the page bending toward the spine and half the time the pages were crooked. There are typically many benefits to a digital version, such as typing in keywords in the search. Highlighting specific lines and even copying and pasting them if you needed to. Not that its usually something important for an artist anatomy book. But there's that. The other part, and its biggest failing, is that it's formatted horrendously! The first two pages seem to be one on top of another and then the rest of the pages have a huge blank area at the bottom. This makes it terrible to look at no matter what device you are using. It doesn't conform to your screen unless you force it to, awkwardly.
I don't know about the quality of the text itself - perhaps Bridgman has a lot of great advice. I couldn't get passed how terrible the ebook was. I just wanted something portable so I wouldn't have to lug around my "Human Anatomy for Artists" by Andras Szunyohy and Dr. Gyorgy Feher. (Professor is having us sketch from studies - observational studies done in the studio. In case you are wondering why anyone would need it all over)
It has a little bit of everything depicting figure construction from memory. It's also great for general improvement; a few tips & tricks- an in-depth reference for all working artists.
This somewhat large-sized Complete Guide seems intended to represent the best of 6 out of his 7 individual books. Drawing the Female Form is the book that gets left out. Assembled & designed by editor Howard Simon in 1952; Bridgman passed away in 1943, so it's not Bridgman's fault if anyone has issues with the layout(!).
Here's a quick breakdown of his 6 individual books, from my very favorite to least...
1. Book of a Hundred Hands- His *best* representation of hands; if hands are your main interest, skip all else & buy 100 hands.
2. Constructive Anatomy- His clearest & most detailed line work in his figure anatomy- especially with his cube-based construction of the head.
3. Bridgman's Life Drawing- Like a mini Complete Guide, it's often considered Bridgman's best individual book. It gives us full-figure movement, as well as briefly treating the figure in its essential parts.
4. Heads, Features and Faces- Great for beginners; it isn't in-depth, and it isn't nearly overwhelming like this Complete Guide.
5. Human Machine- Genius in concept- drawings exceedingly sketchy. These are the sketchiest drawings in this Complete Guide.
6. Drawing the Draped Figure- *Very* basic. Everything you need from this exceedingly thin book is included in this Complete Guide.
In short- The basic point of Bridgman's Complete Guide is to help people to draw figures more convincingly, and even from memory. To a great degree, at least in my opinion, this book still succeeds in a very effective way...
P.S. This book is definitely *not* for beginners! Only *intermediate-level* artists need apply. For beginners, I highly recommend getting Drawing the Head and Figure by Jack Hamm.
P.P.S. Even though I give this Complete Guide 5 stars based on its content, presentation-wise I actually, usually prefer using Bridgman's original, smaller-sized works. People looking for a great financial deal might want to check out The Best of Bridgman: Boxed Set. It's basically three of his best, original books at a currently reduced price.