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    which should i read first?

    hi everybody, the Bridgman books I ordered from amazon are getting here today, and i was wondering which one I should read first, constructive anatomy or life drawing....


    the reason for this question is I heard someone mention that the anatomy book was easier to understand after reading the life drawing one. thanks in advance !

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    simply reading them isn't gonna help that much
    unless your are a visual learner. I find I have to work my way through each example with pen and pencil. to really wrap my brain around it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaosrocks View Post
    simply reading them isn't gonna help that much
    unless your are a visual learner. I find I have to work my way through each example with pen and pencil. to really wrap my brain around it.

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    yeah, that's what i meant, sorry if my question wasn't clear..i do that sometimes...but any rate, which one should i work through first?

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    All things being equal, tackle them in the order they were written. I believe that means Life Drawing first.


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    Actually, Life Drawing was published in 1924 and Constructive Anatomy in 1920. I also read a post somewhere by mentler saying that one should read Constructive Anatomy first exactly for that reason that it was published first.

    Quote Originally Posted by mentler View Post
    Each of Bridgmans original books had a concept and a reason for being.

    Constructive Anatomy his first book is about of course Anatomy
    Life Drawing deals with basic principles of drawing and describing from
    The Human Machine is more involved with function

    ...

    The best way to deal with Bridgman's books are in the order they were written ~~~ Constructive Anatomy and Life Drawing are mandatory studies for anyone serious about the human form.


    Last edited by Jodo; July 31st, 2007 at 04:43 AM. Reason: Found that post by mentler
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    They also come in one volume under the title . "Bridgman's Complete Guide To Drawing From lLfe."

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    yeah i got the complete guide I dont think it matters since the lessons have to be read and drawn several times to sink in..like any anatomy book they all help each other..(as beverly hale said)

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    I have both, and prefer the individual books to the Complete Guide. Despite its name, it's not actually "complete," as a bit has been edited out. Also, there's a thematic unity to the original books that is lost when sections from different ones are combined just because they deal with the same body part, for example.


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    thanks for all the input guys...I think i've settled on constructive anatomy...though i skipped the hands for now (too hard at this time aaand it seems the book o' 100 hands is better suited for this anyway)....anyone know what the deal is with the head drawing book? I mean, I understand the drawings after Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Vermeer.....but Lincoln and Washington???

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