Bridgman's Life Drawing
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Bridgman's Life Drawing

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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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W.C. Fielstra
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
Chris Andersen
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.
Max Williams
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.
Serge Pierro
A decent book on the human form. Covers much of the necessary knowledge needed to draw the form, however, there are better texts available.
May 07, 2007 Becca rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: visual artists, those looking to draw more creatively
This was one of the texts for figure drawing in college. One of the best investments I ever made.
If you get a chance to, buy anything you can get your hands on by George Bridgman!!
Apr 02, 2008 Troy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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This is a good way to understand drawing the human form!
Also one of the best texts by Bridgman
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