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Dynamic Figure Drawing

A New Approach to Drawing the Moving Figure in Deep Space and Foreshortening

By Burne Hogarth

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Format: Paperback, 176 pages, New edition Edition
Published In: United States, 28 November 1996
Figure drawing is the most essential - and the most difficult - of all the skills for the artist to learn. In this manual Burne Hogarth introduces his own system of figure drawing, which should make it possible to visualize and accurately render the forms of the human body from every conceivable point of view.;First Hogarth describes the forms of the human figure. Then he demonstrates his "deep space" notion, a systematic sketching order that is the key to drawing the figure with believable interconnection of forms and control of foreshortening. By mastering this remarkable system, artists should be able to draw an amazing variety of poses, actions and gestures without a model, while maintaining the correct relationship between forms.

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(R) 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 Musee des Arts Decoratifs and Marseilles' Bibliotheque. He traveled the world throughout his life receiving numerous international awards and accolades.

EAN: 9780823015771
ISBN: 0823015777
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.
Dimensions: 21.6 x 27.9 x 1.3 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Samantha Calcraft on
Lots of pictures (including many in awkward positions that is is difficult to get reference for) with explanations to help you work out how to draw dynamic poses yourself. :) I've had a couple of teachers recommend this book also so that says something!

Only criticism is that a lot of the art uses very "comic book" proportions. But the info is still relevant to other styles/realism!
Darryl Daignault on
An excellent book for any artist. Used in conjunction with other anatomy books, this book will help any artist add more "oomph" to their portraits and any pieces that involve the human figure. A definite need for the comic artist as well. This book will help improve the dynamic action of your page layout and the action your characters are involved in. You can't go worng learning from a master who spent years drawing Tarzan of the Apes - you know his work will NOT be boring.
Matthew Rodgers on
Hogarth is a fantastic artist, and it is great of him to share his hard earned knowledge so freely.
His system of constructing the figure is so useful, and the way he simplifies muscle groups is ingenious.
The figures may look a little exaggerated and rubbery, but spend some time studying his drawings and your knowledge will increase, so that when you turn to drawing from life, or other artists afterwards, you will see definite improvements.

Highly recommended :)

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