Bridgman's Complete Guide To Drawing From Life
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Bridgman's Complete Guide To Drawing From Life

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It's the largest, most comprehensive, most authoritative guide to life drawing ever published...and it is now in paperback for the first time ever! Over 1,000 fine illustrations of the human anatomy appear in a single volume, accompanied by detailed explanatory text; an entire education in artistic anatomic structure. A legendary teacher at New York's Art Students' League,...more
Published 2002 by Sterling Publishing Company, Inc (first published February 1971)
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Frank Reynoso
This book is a must for any aspiring comics artist. It's kicking my ass but I'm learning a hell of a lot about the human anatomy or the flesh machine as I like to call it.

I'm doing what all professionals advise: draw everything in this book!
Richard Haddad
Sep 23, 2013 Richard Haddad rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beginner to Advanced artists
Recommended to Richard by: Parka
Shelves: anatomy
George Bridgman's illustrations are, at first glance, not as appealing as you'd like. However, as you read his information and try to understand what hes's showing, you start to build an appreciation for his work.

In his "Complete Guide to Drawing from Life", Bridgman takes the human figure step by step explaining the function and shape of every part of the human body.

I recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand figure drawing. This book is great for all levels of artists. There is a lot...more
Serge Pierro
Although I have several of the books included within this collection, I was hoping that the additional books would provide further insight into Bridgman's methodology. But, alas it was more of the same. I just don't seem to "get" Bridgman, the same way others do. Don't get me wrong... Bridgman does include some interesting material, and for some people, that information may be beneficial, but I believe that there are far better books currently available.
Oct 12, 2008 Becky is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: always-reading
My teacher recommended copying every picture in this book. Since I'll probably only be able to complete 3 or 4 drawings a week and there are thousands - I guess I'll be always reading it.

(More pictures at

There are a couple of George Bridgman anatomy books if you look around. If you just want one Bridgman anatomy book, Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life is the book for you. It essentially collects most of the illustrations and commentary from his other books.

This edition is published by Sterling and it's much larger than the Dover editions. It's also thicker at 352 pages. Books included here are:

* Bridgman's Life Drawing
* Constructive Anatomy
* The...more
Jeanne Stumbaugh
This is my all-time favorite book on life drawing. It was the first book I read about figure drawing. Previous to finding this book I had never gave any thought to what goes underneath the skin or proportion, or that these things really even existed. I just drew and if it seemed okay looking, then I was satisfied. After this book, I was unsatisfied with what I'd been doing. I began PAYING ATTENTION and applying that to my work. And it showed, when I compare the work I did before and the work I d...more
Pat Loughery
A very helpful look at the structure and anatomy of the person. Quite a bit farther along than my skill is at, but this would be a great shelf reference.
Amy M
I could definitely see this as being a great resource for artists, but I found the poor print quality made it hard to focus.
Great to have all texts into one.
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