Dover Publications Constructive Anatomy Book

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"Excellent. The most valuable, detailed anatomical studies (which are also beautifully drawn) of all parts of the figure." — American Artist

Constructive Anatomy, an anatomical reference guide for the working artist, sculptor, and student, graphically shows important parts of the human body, both in motion and in repose — hand, wrist, thumb, fingers, forearm, arm, armpit, shoulder, neck, head, eye, nose, ear, mouth, chin, trunk (front, side, and back), pelvis, hip, thigh, leg, knee, ankle, foot, and toes. Drawings of bone and muscle structure of the working of the joints and the interrelation of the various parts of the body are mainly concerned with movement of all sorts — movements that are described in detail as well as illustrated. The bending, twisting, and turning, creasing and interlocking of the various parts of the body are represented in drawing as the wedging of masses in specific ways that are clearly defined by Mr. Bridgman.

"The best book on artist's anatomy available anywhere." — Art Students League News

Countless artists and students since the 1920s have used this and other books by George B. Bridgman (for nearly 50 years a teacher at the Art Students League in New York) for a solid foundation and understanding of human anatomy. They have found, and continue to find, that his unique way of discovering the vitalizing forces in the human form and realizing them in drawing carries the student pleasantly over one of art's most severe hurdles. Bridgman's superb anatomical sketches, of which there are nearly 500 in the book, also bring clearly to fruition his lucid theories of how to draw the human body in its structure and its complex movements. Every artist will save tedious hours of research with this simple but effective approach, and will be delighted with its directness and fervor.
  • An anatomical reference guide: Constructive Anatomy covers every angle of the body – from head to toe – in motion and repose. In addition to detailed drawings, artists, sculptors, and students will find insightful descriptions of body movements and how each part works together.
  • Drawings of body in motion: Explore the structure of bone and muscle and how they work together. Learn how to draw complex poses across various movements, from bending and twisting to creasing and interlocking. Easily understand how limbs interact with each other to create fluidity in your art.
  • Detailed illustrations: Get up close to key body parts such as hands, wrists, fingers, arms, shoulders, heads, and eyes. Enhance your artwork by capturing intricate details that may otherwise be overlooked.
  • For all levels: Whether you're a beginner or professional, this book offers something for everyone! Learn fundamental movement principles to accomplish a realistic representation of your subject matter. With informative diagrams, you'll be ready for your next masterpiece in no time.

Anatomy for Artists

To master painting, drawing or sculpting the delicate lines of the human or animal form can demand a lifetime of study. Dover's art anatomy books are appropriate for both the beginning art student and the established artist too.

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Constructive Anatomy

This invaluable anatomical reference shows important parts of the human body, both in motion and in repose: hand, wrist, fingers, forearm, neck, thigh, leg, and more. Drawings of bone and muscle structure are also covered in detail. Over 500 illustrations. "Best book on artist's anatomy." - Art Students League News.

The Human Figure

This classic treatment by a master teacher offers clear, detailed instruction on drawing the human figure. More than 430 pencil and charcoal illustrations depict eyes, arms, feet, and other fundamental features. Topics include shading, curvature, proportion, foreshortening, muscular tension, and major and minor differences in the structure and representation of male and female anatomy.

Heads, Features and Faces

A renowned teacher at the Art Students League of New York tackles one of the most difficult and often neglected areas of study: the correct rendering of heads, features, and faces. Placing as much emphasis on perspective and planes as on anatomy, Bridgman includes almost 200 instructional drawings plus texts and examples from the work of Vermeer, Rembrandt, and others.

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