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    Is this a good book?

    I recently bought Human Anatomy for Artists by András Szunyoghy.
    and I was wondering.. is it a good book??

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    Elyo,
    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).

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    I agree, Bammes would be better. I'm also fond of Peck and Sheppard, and you don't get a lot more exhaustive than Goldfinger. Lots of options.

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    I have it and I don't think it's a good book either.
    My copy has bonus animal anatomy plates in the last part but that's about all.

    Most bookshops that sell it in my country also have "Anatomy for the Artists" by Sarah Simblet which is twice as expensive and more than twice as good from my perspective.

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    S.Simblet http://www.fineart.sk/photos/anatomy4a/047.JPG

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    Book Guru, thanks! now I just need to find that book.. cuz apparently they don't have it in the book shop here.

    Nezumi Works, indeed alot of options. too bad I only have a few books to learn from.

    SouMeng, it's not that bad.. it's just not much. mine has also the animal anatomy plates. and it explains the muscles and bones good. but only for someone who knows every bone...

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    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.

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    @ Book Guru, I also find alot of books on his name. which one is the good one?
    I saw a few drawings, and I liked it. it's not so detailed and hard, and not something only professionals can use.

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    Elyo11,
    Wow. I've just discovered that this book has NEVER been translated into English. Amazing. Though it's not the text which is important but the images, still...

    You, however, have a great advantage. As you're located much closer to Germany than most of us. Because I'm quite sure the publisher is located in Germany.
    Here is their website (in German).

    This is a copy of the most recent publication, copied from Amazon:

    # Hardcover: 312 pages
    # Publisher: Christophorus-Verlag, 2008
    # Language: German
    # ISBN-10: 3419537190
    # ISBN-13: 978-3419537190
    # Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.4 x 1.1 inches
    # Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds

    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!!)

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    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..

    thankyou for the information!

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    Elyo... just to make sure we're on the same trail of thoughts...
    You do understand that the one at Amazon for $15 - is not the real Bammes... yes?

    You're welcome!

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    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 real book just got re-released this year. It is this one:
    http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/3862...-fkmr0&seller= Price 79 Euro.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vapour View Post
    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.
    Vapour,

    It's exactly what I was saying here - NOT to buy a cheap one at Amazon, as I'm sure many people get confused and simply buy it because of Bammes name on the cover.

    Thank you for your information and review!
    Hm... I still don't understand why they don't sell this version at Amazon.com.

    I really appreciate your link. Though I don't speak a word in German, I'll try to make an order. I'll ask for your assistance, if I'm lost, if you don't mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Book Guru View Post
    Vapour,

    It's exactly what I was saying here - NOT to buy a cheap one at Amazon, as I'm sure many people get confused and simply buy it because of Bammes name on the cover.

    Thank you for your information and review!
    Hm... I still don't understand why they don't sell this version at Amazon.com.

    I really appreciate your link. Though I don't speak a word in German, I'll try to make an order. I'll ask for your assistance, if I'm lost, if you don't mind.

    Feel free to do so. I just had a look and found:

    "Die Gestal des Menschen" on Amazon.co.uk

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Die-Gestalt-...1194563&sr=8-4

    Should make it more easy to oder for anybody who can speak english.

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