Dynamic Figure Drawing

Dynamic Figure Drawing : A New Approach to Drawing the Moving Figure in Deep Space and Foreshortening

By (author) Burne Hogarth


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Figure drawing is the most essential - and the most difficult - of all the skills for the artist to learn. In this manual Burne Hogarth introduces his own system of figure drawing, which should make it possible to visualize and accurately render the forms of the human body from every conceivable point of view. First Hogarth describes the forms of the human figure. Then he demonstrates his "deep space" notion, a systematic sketching order that is the key to drawing the figure with believable interconnection of forms and control of foreshortening. By mastering this remarkable system, artists should be able to draw an amazing variety of poses, actions and gestures without a model, while maintaining the correct relationship between forms.

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 216 x 276 x 14mm | 579.99g
  • 28 Nov 1996
  • Watson-Guptill Publications
  • Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.
  • New York
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 300 drawings & diagrams
  • 0823015777
  • 9780823015771
  • 25,452

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Author Information

BURNE HOGARTH (1911-1996), hailed as the "Michaelangelo of the comic strip," was one of the most iconic cartoonists and influential arts educators of the twentieth century and remains so today. After attending the Chicago Art Institute and Academy of Fine Arts at the age of fifteen, Hogarth began an illustrious career in arts education, fine arts, illustration, advertising, and comics, and became recognized as one of the earliest creators of the graphic novel. Best known for his innovative illustrations of the syndicated Sunday "Tarzan," Hogarth broke fresh ground in the newspaper comic strip by combining classicism, expressionism, and narrative in a powerful, new way. As cofounder of the School of Visual Arts--one of the world's leading art schools--he brought his unique approach to art into the classroom. His passionate lectures on anatomy and art history formed the foundation for "The Burne Hogarth"(R)" Dynamic Drawing Series" that continues to teach and influence artists and animators worldwide. Hogarth's art has been exhibited in many important galleries around the world including the Louvre in the MuseE des Arts DEcoratifs and Marseilles' BibliothEque. He traveled the world throughout his life receiving numerous international awards and accolades.

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less anatomically correct than i would have liked

this is an excellent reference for those who wish to take up figure drawing. I personally found most of the illustrations however lapsed into the old Greek style of figure portrayal. where, for example, the lower abs hold more fat than is normal. also the number of figures is limited to a single male form and touches very briefly on the female form. despite its limitations, this is an excellent book, and well worth a read. i found it to be a valuable source of shading reference as well.show more
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