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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Constructive Anatomy by George B. Constructive Anatomy by George B. Fonstructive most valuable, detailed anatomical studies which are also beautifully drawn of all parts of the figure.

Bridgman for nearly 50 years a teacher at the Art Students Le “Excellent. Bridgman for nearly 50 years a teacher at the Art Students League in New York for a solid foundation and understanding of human anatomy. They have found, and continue to find, that his unique way of discovering the vitalizing forces in the human form and realizing them in drawing carries the student pleasantly over one of art’s most severe hurdles.

Bridgman’s superb anatomical sketches, of which there are nearly in the book, also bring clearly to fruition his lucid theories of how to draw the human body in its structure and its complex movements.

Constructive Anatomy, an anatomical reference guide for the working artist, sculptor, and student, graphically shows important parts of the human body, both in motion and in repose — hand, wrist, thumb, fingers, forearm, arm, armpit, shoulder, neck, head, eye, nose, ear, mouth, chin, trunk front, side, and backbridgemam, hip, thigh, leg, knee, ankle, foot, and toes. Drawings of bone and muscle structure of the working of the joints and the interrelation of the various parts of the body are mainly concerned with movement of all sorts — movements that are described in detail as well as illustrated.

The bending, twisting,and turning, creasing and interlocking of the various parts of the body are represented in drawing as the wedging of masses in specific ways that are clearly defined by Mr. Every artist will save tedious bridgemann of research with this simple but effective approach, and will be delighted with its directness and fervor.

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Nov 17, Parka rated it really liked it Shelves: More pictures at parkablogs. While the other book deals more with conceptualizing mass and form, this book takes a closer look at the parts of the body.

Constructive Anatomy by George B. Bridgman

The commentary talks about the anatomy, mass and movement. He introduces simplified guides to drawing like using cubes to block in the bridteman first before going into more detail, The muscle drawings although still sketchy are delineated clear enough to show how they affect More pictures at parkablogs.

He introduces simplified guides to drawing like using cubes to block in the mass first before going into more detail, The muscle drawings although still sketchy are delineated clear enough to show how they affect surface form.

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Even more detailed discussions on the muscles are dealt with in The Human Machine. Again, just like other books, the artist with prior knowledge of anatomy will benefit more. It’s recommended for intermediate artists and above. Aug 21, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: Now that I’ve learned from Vandruff and Prokopenko, I can finally understand the points that Bridgman anayomy to make. It’s extremely valuable, but I had to learn from other teachers first feorge order to understand this book.

Don’t copy the images line for line. Use them as guidelines for how to simplify the masses of the body. Bridgman is especially good for figuring out how masses fit together, but expect to spend a LOT of time analyzing images. Overall body masses, movement, and clnstructive The hand and wrist The shoulder, arm, armpit, and forearm Interlocking masses of the arm The head and features What happens when a wedge bends: The lower limb including the knee and foot Oct 12, Sonya Ball rated it it was amazing.

Bridgeman is one of the leading authorities on the human figure, that being said, this book is one of the best he ever created on anatomy and drawing the figure. The illustrations are clear and easy to follow along with his techniques for drawing the human figure.

This is a classic on figure drawing and I highly recommend it as a companion book to any other textbook on the subject. Not for beginning students though, it’s definitely an advanced text. Dec 14, Cry-Of-The-Elves rated it it was amazing. My SO gifted me this for my bday. Lots of useful info! Jan 01, Nicole Haan rated it it was amazing.

I don’t yet understand all of it; in more than twenty years I still haven’t mastered its topic to a level of equality with the author; and I’m sure the author himself is not the be-all “A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog’s ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins.

I don’t yet understand all of it; in more than twenty years I still haven’t mastered its topic to a level of equality with the constructuve and I’m sure the author himself is not the be-all, end-all in the industry, either. But I love this book because it was the first to unlock the secrets of anatomy for me.

Bridgman’s book opened my mind to an incredible vista bridgemaan possibilities. For that reason, I love it, and keep it close at hand for regular conversation. This book totally clicked with me, but I know other artists who didn’t find it helpful at all.

Yet I first read it as a young, self-taught teen; and while my epiphany didn’t come til a few years later, it was always a valuable resource on my bookshelf–if only for copying practice.

As such, I consider this an essential book for any artist’s library. Aug 05, Johnny Atomic rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Not a tutorial by any means. Bridgman gives us a series of breakdowns from perfect anatomical accuracy through more manageable shapes representative of the original structures, all the way to “masses” that take in the totality of georve large anatomical grouping.


Rather than learning how to draw all the tendons, bones and muscle groups of for example the shoulder, you are shown how the mass of the shoulder should look, and why. In this way, the body is broken down into dozens of easier to draw shapes that are still very accurate in terms of raw medical anatomy. If consrructive are not familiar with his work, it will take me longer to explain than just looking at one chapter online.

So I have done you one better. Follow this link to get the whole book for free legally my link text. The concepts are exciting, but Bridgman writes like the Pope talks. Mar 14, brirgeman rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s really great for learning a specific bridgean of gekrge, but it’s almost like a personal, little journal with notes that veorge that intelligible to anyone else.

More useful for the pictures than the anatomy lessons. His other book about life drawing is much more effective at explaining specific characteristics of good figure construction. This one is more about the eye candy and good to copy from. I love the line quality. Dec 21, Misa rated it really liked it. If you draw you should get this reference book.

Constructive anatomy

If you’re just plain interested in human anatomy, you should get this book. Come on guys, it’s like four bucks on Amazon. There’s mostly drawings for reference and what little text appears is explanatory and referential. There’s a bit of an intro for each part of the body which is georgw interesting and good to follow Aug 18, Des Small rated it it was ok.

Bridgman renders like an old-master’s pencil sketches, but that’s not actually helpful: His cuboid-based construction of the head is an interesting alternative to the usual ovals, but again I can’t actually implement it based on the instructions provided.

It is possible that this book is useful to someone but not really to me, pretty though it undoubtedly is. This is the worst kindle edition of a book I’ve ever seen.

It is so poorly formatted, with random nonsense characters scattered throughout that it’s nearly impossible to read. Do not buy this. I want my money back. A great anatomy book. But do NOT start learning anatomy with Bridgman – his books are for people who already have some knowledge on the subject.

Otherwise you may just go nuts without learning much especially with some of the ridiculous mistakes he made – nobody knows whether he was drunk or if it was all intentional. A very helpful how-to book that’s practically a bible for comic artists. My only gripe is – I bought the Kindle version first, and it was full of wonky characters and misaligned formatting. I had to buy the print version in addition to the Kindle, just so I could make some sense of the text.

They need to fix the Kindle version. Jan 18, Alexandra rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: These are figure drawing studies.