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    Need a quick adivce over Loomis and Bridgman

    Hello,

    i have a question regarding books, or rather my limits about books.

    I have a somewhat artistic background, know basics of the anatomy, so i want to buy one of them from amazon, but i'm uber-poor what means i can afford only one or something up to 26$.

    Now i stand before choosing between:

    Constructive Anatomy (Dover Anatomy for Artists) [Paperback] + something else maybe.

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    Figure Drawing for All It's Worth [Facsimile] [Hardcover]

    I can afford only one or something up to 26$, and i need some advice between choosing one.

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    If you are going to start with a Bridgman book start with http://amzn.com/0486227103
    Constructive anatomy is good after you start with the Life Drawing one.

    I'm not a fan of the compilation book "Complete drawing from Life" because it edits out information from his other books. Buy the books separately.

    Before anyone does it, do not tell the OP to download the PDF of the Loomis Figure Drawing book, the book is here legally now. However, the other UNPUBLISHED ones, I can understand.

    So if you have money after Life Drawing, and Constructive anatomy, there is also Jack Hamm's book. http://amzn.com/0399507914


    If you can save up a little more Hampton's book is also great but it's currently at $35.
    http://amzn.com/0615272819

    But I also very much advise you to look through the sticky thread of this forum on books to pick out others later down you'd like to purchase.

    There are also public domain editions of Bridgman.

    These according to the site are public domain http://www.drawingbooks.org/index.html

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    If I could only afford one anatomy book, I would choose Schider's Atlas of Anatomy for Artists. It includes plates from many different artists, so you get to see how different draftsmen "see" the same shapes. It's awesome.

    And it's under $10.

    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
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    That price will get you a couple of used books. They don't need to be new do they?

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    Ok here's the deal, i wanted to buy Bridgman's Life drawing and his anatomy book, but that doesnt add up to 25, what means i cant get free delivery.

    So i can buy something like Loomis igure drawing + Constructive anatomy or Life Drawing + Loomis.

    What do you think ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeTurismo View Post
    Ok here's the deal, i wanted to buy Bridgman's Life drawing and his anatomy book, but that doesnt add up to 25, what means i cant get free delivery.

    So i can buy something like Loomis igure drawing + Constructive anatomy or Life Drawing + Loomis.

    What do you think ?
    Up to you and your math.

    There are several books mentioned in this thread you can pick from and come up with something. I mentioned not getting Constructive anatomy first because while neat, I think it's best to read the Green book Life Drawing first before trying to look at the figure in parts - which is what constructive anatomy does.

    However, this is just an suggestion based on experience, because I got Constructive Anatomy before I got the Life Drawing book, and realized Life Drawing was better to start with first.

    In the end however, it's all up to you, you're going to probably go through more books, and there are these book rental places too called "libraries" and you may find those books there. Though all the book ordering in the world, won't make you a better artist - lots of practice will So just pick a book or two and order more down the line.

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    Things such as libraries are just an urban legends where i live, we carve our history on walls and animal skin.

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    Well if you work in front of a computer like me you can get all of loomis's books here for free http://alexhays.com/loomis/
    If you look around the internet a bit you can probably find bridgemans stuff for free as well.
    Both loomis and bridgeman are long dead so I really don't see the point in paying for their stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by triggerpigking View Post
    Both loomis and bridgeman are long dead so I really don't see the point in paying for their stuff.
    Seriously?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star Eater View Post
    Seriously?
    Well yeah whats the point I pay for stuff to give money to the original creator same goes for games, music and whatever the hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by triggerpigking View Post
    Well yeah whats the point I pay for stuff to give money to the original creator same goes for games, music and whatever the hell.
    So, by your logic, any publication by a dead author/composer/illustrator is fair game?

    Heh, wow.

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    Many of Bridgman's books are indeed out of copyright, those that are can be found on sites like Project Gutenberg, Archive.org, or Google Books. The Loomis books are not. Loomis is a particular case, the books were initially scanned and put up online because they were out of print and only available used for outrageous prices. Many attempts were made to reprint them, but because of various legal difficulties all were unsuccessful until the current Titan Books editions, which are both beautifully done and relatively cheap. Since this is what everybody has wanted for so long, the proper, practical, and moral thing to do is to buy the reprints, whether or not you already have the PDF versions, to encourage Titan to keeps the books they've already reprinted available, and to reprint the ones they haven't yet gotten to (Creative Illustration!).


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