Bridgman's Life Drawing
The revered instructor of the Art Students League of New York explains in nontechnical terms how to discover the vitalizing forces in the human form and realize them in drawing. Topics include movement,light and shade, proportion, and movable masses. Nearly 500 illustrations cover every principle and point of instruction....more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 1st 1971 by Dover Publications
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Bridgman's Life Drawing taught me how to draw the hunan figure. I can say nothing bad about it and highly recommended the entire series to anyone who wants to seriously learn how to draw. Drawing is one of the many topics, i.e. calculus or physics, for which there is no easy way to mastery. It's simply hard and a skill that takes a lot of dogged dedication for most to become even fundamentally proficient. I took a lot of life drawing courses, but never understood how to interpret the human form...more
There were a lot of helpful concepts and techniques in here that I'm excited to try out, though occasionally they were obscured by obtuse text. Also, it's probably just difficult to learn life drawing from a book. I'd be interested in seeing if there was a definitive Bridgman text, maybe he communicated his great ideas better in a different book.
I'm working my way through this book, copying all of Bridgman's sketches. So far it's been a great help for learning the basics of human anatomy and how all the parts of the body fit together. Trying to imitate his loose, flowing style has really helped to loosen up my own sketching.