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Dynamic Anatomy

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,118 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Praised by critics and teachers alike for more than 40 years, Burne Hogarth's Dynamic Anatomy is recognized worldwide as the classic, indispensable text on artistic anatomy. Now revised, expanded, and completely redesigned with 75 never-before-published drawings from the Hogarth archives and 24 pages of new material, this award-winning reference explores the expressive str ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Watson-Guptill (first published October 1st 1980)
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Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on learning human anatomy for all artists. One that you will refer back to for years to come. Hogarth is one of the best drawing teachers in the world.
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Art students and anyone that wishes to further their art skills.
An absolutely essential book for any art student wishing to further their skills with anatomy whether or not you think it fits into your "style". This is a book you will keep going back to for likely your whole life, as is to be expected from anything produced by Burne Hogarth; although it should not be relied on as though it is an encyclopaedia of exactly how everything should be done. Like any artist, Hogarth puts his own style into his work; Hogarth himself has recommended the reader to do th ...more
Michael Scott
Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, my-favs, teaching
Burne Hogarth's Dynamic Anatomy is a wonderful introductory and intermediate course to drawing humans. In its strict technical sense, the book covers five aspects: proportions of the human body, anatomical details, the surface (light planes), foreshortening, and movement. The drawing style is powerful, dynamic, perhaps more often found in action-hero comics and computer games than in traditional figure drawing. The book also covers some of the philosophy and evolution of drawing. The writing sty ...more
Ralph Zoontjens
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Very good book on anatomy drawing, and an efficient learning aid. The author has an own style but in my opinion too much emphasis is put on showing all the muscles, so the drawings look a bit overly constructed. For most applicatoins you have to be careful to also convey the right mood/emotion/value and not only draw people anatomically correct.
Serge Pierro
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
THE BOOK - when I was starting out. Amazing studies and drawings. This was the book that introduced me to the names of all the muscles and such.
Debra Hahn
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book for studying or for reference to the human body for art students.
Debra H.
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
So Eurocentric, Burne's "Dynamic Anatomy" boarders on the imbecilic. Starting his thoughts off in Europe, he introduces the works of older cultures as a side note. He then goes on to state this comical bit of info that made me laugh out loud. "The transition from the dynastic authoritarian civilizations ( Egypt and Mesopotamia) to the socially and culturally more advanced civilizations of Greece and Rome rest on the emerging relative importance of the individual, the persona, in society" this no ...more
Martha Smith
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: art
This book has a lot of illustrations and diagrams which are very helpful for artists. Art is a discipline that requires a lot of visual learning tools. This book was widely recommended to me on several artist's blogs. It is not the best book on anatomy I have seen or read to date. This would probably help beginning art students more than it helped me. I am glad that I borrowed it from the library. But I would not purchase this book because it does not suit my skill level. That is not to say that ...more
��This is an incredible resource for artists, especially illustrators and drawers. There is a full range of angles and views provided; anything you're looking for help with, you'll find. Not only is there an abundance of images to reference (some even listing the names of each individual muscle) but there are guides that actually teach you the way to draw body forms 'from scratch'. The quality of my drawing significantly improved once I started referencing this book, and I've used it extensively ...more
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This book is beautiful. The hands! I mean, everything was great - a brief history of anatomical drawing, the progression from blocky shapes to fluid musculature in dramatic poses with foreshortening, the volume of every shape ... but omajesus - the HANDS! I have several anatomy books, and they are all very helpful and great in their own way, but this is a leveling up book which approaches the body in motion fantastically. I wish I had it years ago.

So wonderful.
Amy M
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
It seems that I thought this was Hogarth's other book, Dynamic Figure Drawing, which I've been recommended so this wasn't what I was expecting. I don't think this particular book would be useful for me at all. I don't like the round, muscly style to the figures. I will keeping hunting for the other book, though, and see if that better suits my purposes.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A very essential book for art student. This book encourages and prepares the student to develop his direction and shape his creative objective providing an abundance of images with understandable explanations.
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting approach to anatomy. Visually exciting.
Leisa Corbett
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
great instructional drawngs for my students who are learning about shape, proportion, and foreshortening. Hogarth's overly articulated hands and feet really help.
Bernard Booth
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
This answers all kinds of questions that I never knew needed to be asked, and is such a good reference book that I'm going to be referring back to it endlessly.
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Burne Hogarth started young. Born in 1911, he was enrolled in the Chicago Art Institute at the age of 12 and an assistant cartoonist at Associated Editors' Syndicate at 15. At the age of 26, he was chosen from a pool of a dozen applicants as Hal Foster's successor on the United Features Syndicate strip, "Tarzan". His first strip, very much in Foster's style, appeared May 9, 1937. It wasn't long be ...more

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