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

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

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By (author) Burne Hogarth

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  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 276mm x 14mm | 580g
  • Publication date: 28 November 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0823015777
  • ISBN 13: 9780823015771
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 300 drawings & diagrams
  • Sales rank: 31,058

Product description

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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Author information

Burne Hogarth's (1911-1996) remarkable career spanned over 60 years. He wore many hats in the worlds of fine art, art education, and art publishing. He is most famous for his internationally syndicated Sunday newspaper color page feature "Tarzan" (1937-1950) and for his illustrated adaptations of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels "Tarzan of the Apes" and "Jungle Tales of Tarzan." A co-founder of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Hogarth remains one of the most influential figures in art education today.

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By david craven 07 Mar 2011 4

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.