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Bridgman's Life Drawing

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Life Drawing is not so much a unique system of drawing the human form as it is a new way of conceptualizing it. To draw the figure, the artist must "have an idea of what the figure to be drawn is doing" — he must "sense the nature and condition of the action, or inaction." In this book, Mr. Bridgman, who for nearly 50 years lectured and taught at the Art Students League of ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 1st 1971 by Dover Publications
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Ray
Jun 21, 2017 Ray rated it it was amazing
This book was written back in the 1920s but it is still very useful to understand how to draw the human body accurately. I might read it again it is so good.
W.C. Fielstra
Apr 03, 2013 W.C. Fielstra rated it it was amazing
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
May 05, 2012 Chris Andersen rated it really liked it
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
Jan 24, 2008 Max Williams rated it it was amazing
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.
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Serge Pierro
Sep 22, 2012 Serge Pierro rated it liked it
Shelves: art
A decent book on the human form. Covers much of the necessary knowledge needed to draw the form, however, there are better texts available.
Troy
Apr 02, 2008 Troy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
This is a good way to understand drawing the human form!
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If you get a chance to, buy anything you can get your hands on by George Bridgman!!
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Also one of the best texts by Bridgman
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