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I'm a first year student at an art college and I'm trying to build my own reference collection since the books at the school library have a tendency to disappear. I've been looking at Richer's "Artistic Anatomy" at the library but I'm open to other recommendations.
Which anatomy/figure drawing book would you recommend to me, and why?
I'd say, Peck, Bridgman, Loomis
Others would disagree..
Edit: found a "trial" copy of Bammes, even in a language I barely read, it's worth looking at.
Last edited by Flake; March 4th, 2008 at 08:31 PM.
I've never read Peck, but I 2nd the recommendation for Bridgman and Loomis.
I'd also go with Loomis.
I hate to admit I'm not real familiar with Bridgeman or Loomis... but they ALWAYS come up in any discussion of good anatomy books. Peck I can vouch for though... his "Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist" is terrific!
For a different perspective, you might also consider Muybridge's "Human Figure in Motion"
I'd say Bridgman definitely. I also like Vilppu's figure drawing manual, Bammes', and Anthony Ryder's book.
Is the German version worth getting even if your German isn't that good? The cheapest version I could find was 79 euro's on amazon.de, pretty hefty price-tag.
"Work for your self first. You can paint best the things you like or the things you hate. You cannot paint well when indifferent.
Express a mental opinion about something you are sensitive to in life around you. There is a profound difference between sensitivity and sentimentality."
~ John Sloan Gist of Art
I did download the German titles elsewhere and I will say they're very much worth it even if you can't read German. I'd love to know what' he's saying but the pictures told me enough to understand a lot more than I ever got from other figure drawing books.
I wonder why they call him a Russian figure sketcher, isn't he German?
Thank you, everyone! I've found most of the books on Amazon, including a few that one of my life drawing teachers mentioned (and was kidnapped from the library, apparently). I'll have to go through the list carefully soon and decide which one(s) to purchase first.