George Bridgman's Complete guide to drawing from life not recommended?
Ive been reading that its a very messy book as it isn't arrange by bridgman himself. Many have been recommending reading 'Life Drawings' first (but i can't find it anywhere) and buying from the net isn't an option for me anymore...
Ive found 2 bookstores who are about to order it (maybe in 2 weeks time)
Should i buy it? will i learn from it? I don't want to waste my savings ;-;...
I haven't seen the separate books myself, but I've heard that things might be arranged a bit differently in them as compared to The Complete Guide. I think the Complete Guide is good enough, but I would recommend using a different book as well. As you said, the material is a bit scattered, and Bridgman's approach is a lot about the big masses and blocky form (which is very very important - that's why I would recommend his book), but if you want to learn anatomy muscle bu muscle, he might be a handful. I would recommend Steven Rogers Peck's book Atlas of Anatomy for the Artist as a supplement. It's a good mix between clear anatomical drawings and more sketchy, blocky drawings. There are a lot of different books out there, of course. But these are the ones I have, and I use them together with my mirror and my art books to try to figure out as much as I can on my own. I think it's a good idea to look at artists from art history that are working in a very realistic or academic way, like Leighton or Caravaggio, and see how they saw the forms and muscles.
And as far as money goes... A Christmas wish list is your friend...
Get Bridgman's "Life Drawing" from the bookstore-- probably set you back 7 or 8 bucks.
Download "Constructive Anatomy" from one of the various free download sites you can Google. (The "Complete Guide" is available for free download as well).
For a few extra bucks, you can buy "Life Drawing" in a 3 book box set which includes Bridgman's book on Heads and his Book Of 100 Hands.
The "Complete Guide" is an editorial mess-- it destroys the visual organization of "Life Drawing" and edits out images to the detriment of the reader. Plus, it destroys the conciseness of "Constructive Anatomy" by mooshing in a bunch of that "Human Machine" stuff and, again, editing OUT stuff from the original smaller book.
Complete Guide is a total mess. Even though Bridgeman's sketches are very informative, it makes for a horrible reading experience. It also requires you to know alot of medical terms too, but slowly you can get your head around that.
I'm much much more comfortable with Andrew Loomis's ebooks as well as Burne Hogarths collection.
Don't bother looking at my sketchbook. I haven't updated that thing in years. :/
"Skill is the result of trying again and again, applying our ability and proving our knowledge as we gain it. Let us get used to throwing away the unsuccessful effort and doing the job over. Let us consider obstacles as something to be expected in any endeavor; then they won't seem quite so insurmountable or so defeating." - Andrew Loomis
someone said that i should do life drawings first as it foccuses on the whole figure since life drawings**** is **in** complete guide ...... and concstructive anatomy explains anatomy by parts. soo.... Anyway thanks for all your help guys. I'd probably buy it since it's the only book i've found recommended by you guys at our bookstores. Better to have one than none at all right?
Thank you guys! if you'd like to to add more info in this thread ~ go ahead maybe some aspiring artists needs it! ^-^
Life Drawing teaches you the whole which is more important, then focus on the details ie individual parts of anatomy. Which is exactly the method you should go for in drawing in general. Big picture first, details later.