I didn't see a complete book, but based on several pages available for review at Amazon, I'd recommend to get Bammes instead.
Just make sure you don't follow Bammes' style of drawing. As for the anatomy, it's still one of the best books on the market for artists. It's used at art academies all over, including Russia.
In our Academy it's used as a supplemental material to anatomy classes, together with the Anatomy for Artists by Ene Barchai (also Hungarian, by the way).
"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
Yes, Elyo11, it has really become an antique item.
Makes me sad, as there is so much junk on the market (good marketing though), while this great publication is so hard to find.
I hope someday to get publishing rights for this one, at least for its Russian translation.
A warning for those who're unfamiliar with the subject: there is a "digest" version sold at some bookstores. It has nothing to do with the original. Only about 50 drawings made by mostly Bammes' students.
What's also amazing... The variety of covers this book was printed with!!
I knew only one, but just discovered at least a couple different ones been published in Russia (in Russian).
The rest seems to be published in Germany only, at different times, but - yes, with all different covers. And even with different titles! (I don't speak German, but it seems like they change that as well)
(Frankly, I don't understand why they change titles and covers, but it's their business).
The bottom line, if you can locate this book somewhere in Europe (what about visiting Germany next weekend?), please let me know!
Below enjoy a variety of covers and samples from that book.
Again, only THESE should be treated as originals.
(NOT "The Artist's Guide to Human Anatomy", sold at Amazon for $14.96!!)
Last edited by Book Guru; November 29th, 2010 at 09:08 AM.
wauw~! that looks pretty good.. I've faved the amazon link. 15$ is nothing
I guess I need to work for this one...
I also thought they were the same books but different titles, but I wasn't sure so I thought better ask than buy the wrong one..
I am from Germany and work with the Bammes book. I also own the Szunyoghy book. The latter one i consider ok for checking how bones or other stuff looks like and where it is located and thats it.
Bammes on the contrary I almost worship at this present time.
Since I started to study his book and the way he simplifies and then do studies from the skeleton and instead of copying what I see reconstructing it and using the object just as reference it feels like I just started to really learn and begin to understand the form.
It is his simplification and schematisation that allows to understand the form and construct the stuff from imagination.
The blue one Bookguru posted a picture of is only the " Studies of Bammes The Human Figure" book, not the real one and probably the one offered to you for 15 bucks. The real Bammes is always expensive, even the used ones because the people who buy this book also know darn well about its high resell value.