Dynamic Figure Drawing

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This powerful book offers a systematic approach to rendering action figures that seem to leap off the page.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; New edition edition (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823015777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823015771
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

Customer Reviews

Not an anatomy book for everyone

97 people found this helpful.
 on December 8, 1999
By John N
Subtlety is certainly not the strong point of this book. If you want realistic figures, look elsewhere like the Barcsay anatomy book. DYNAMIC FIGURE DRAWING doesn’t explore the nuances of quiet poses or the beauty in overweight, underweight, or aged figures.

secrets of figure drawing from imagination revealed

31 people found this helpful.
 on July 12, 2000
By Siju Thomas
This is a must buy book for artists,animators comic book artists,or enthusiasts of figure drawing,who have dreamed of drawing foreshortened human figuresand human figures in action from memory/imagination. This book doesnt contain realistic anatomy,the author uses his own verson of human anatomy toexplain his methods andprinciples,these have to be taken as tools only and not rules. But after you have practised from this book hard enough you will find that your life drawing speed and skill is miles further than when you started,i also recommend the other books by burne hogarth ,dynamic anatomy,drawing dynamic hands, dynamic heads,dynamic light and shade and dynamic wrinkles and drapery.Only one word of caution its very easy to get influenced by burne hogarths work,and your work might start looking like a clone of his.So the key is get inspired not influenced ,keep your own style and use this book to add to that.

Another former student weighs in…

44 people found this helpful.
 on March 24, 2001
By skunktrain
I was fortunate to be one the many students of Hogarth when he taught figure drawing in Los Angeles. He was a remarkable teacher, and his drawing style, and teaching style, is certainly “dynamic”. All his books are great, but “Dynamic Figure Drawing” is a particular favorite. While you may find Hogarth’s comic book roots not to your taste (and you don’t want to have your art look too “Hogarth”) – don’t deprive yourself of his books. He has much to offer, and many details about the figure that are very valuable. My drawing has been forever impacted and improved because of what he taught me – in class and from his books.

Excellent guide

17 people found this helpful.
 on July 3, 2005
By William of Florida
This is one of those books you need to pick up to look at the pictures. The reading is good, but I highly reccomend getting a sketch pad and drawing each figure in this book over and over again, trying different styles each time. You’ll be amazed at how much your understanding of foreshortening and the human body dynamic improves by just drawing. Some of it may go over the heads of newer artists as far as reading goes, but personally, I don’t buy art books for the reading, I buy them so I can draw every panel in the book. After all, how are you supposed to learn if you spend all your time reading and no time actually drawing the pictures?

One of the greatest advanced figure drawing books ever

14 people found this helpful.
 on December 9, 2001
This is one of the greatest, most comprehensive guide to drawing figures in complicated poses and angles. Most people find this book to be too complicated. It’s true that the book is very scholarly and requires a thorough study. It’s not a how-to book for hobbyists and kids that guides people through figure drawing step-by-step. To get most out of it, one must already be fairly experienced at drawing the figure in more common poses and very committed to learning more. The book is an intellectual collection of techniques and methods to solving *problems* that arise in figure drawing.

core of drawing to professionals and amateurs

12 people found this helpful.
 on August 5, 2000
By Luis Morais
Mr. Hogarth’s book is clearly targeted at raising consciousness on human movement and visual perception and that is the most impressive, why not to say ‘effective’ point of his writing style. He describes what one should see in a drawing from varied points-of-view. That surely helps in identifying the most commom flaws most people starting at human body drawing have ever come to in the attempt. He points directly to the most disappointing in learning drawing: gaining the perception of space, proportion and movement and distributing the visual or imaginative input on paper. Concerning the practical aspects of learning through Mr. Hogarth’s book, the author does not include exercises for practicing but that does not count as a weak point at all. The sketches in the book are more than helpful in showing how an oval shape becomes a head, all the initial strokes and lines are visible so that one can see through the sketch how it began to be created. As said before, through this book one will be able to understand the dinamics of human body movement and the sketches that come with these theoretical descriptions will help you redraw your own heads, torsos, legs and arms in the movement you may be able to imagine. That is not a tutorial or a how-to manual, it is a book that teaches you to think and see the human body with keen mind and eyes. A book based on understading not copying.

Gotta watch that foreshortening!

10 people found this helpful.
 on July 28, 2003
By Peter Vinton, Jr.
Superior to almost any human anatomy art book you care to name. Hogarth shows us that there are no shortcuts to any place worth going –the nuances of human musculature, skeletal structure, and basic laws of movement MUST be studied before anything approaching saleable results appear on paper. That said, this book is an immensely rewarding journey –it helped tremendously in getting my illustrative career off the ground and there frankly isn’t enough praise I can heap upon Mr. Hogarth without sounding ridiculous. Forget “tips and tricks” from comic book artists –this book will propel your work to an entirely new level of kinetic realism. FOR SERIOUS ILLUSTRATORS ONLY.

Great great stuff, but definately NOT a medical anatomy book

13 people found this helpful.
 on August 1, 2003
This book , though I have only seen it for one night has shown e thigs I never would have thought of about drawing comic book-esq figures. Its definately a great book for people who aspire to professionally pencil comic books, like myself. But it is not medically accurate, so in that case, not meant for realist drawing.

A misunderstood and misjudged book.

12 people found this helpful.
 on March 11, 2005
By Warren B.
Most of the dissatisfied reviews here seem to adopt one or more of a number of views.

A must have book for artist or those who want to draw.

8 people found this helpful.
 on December 10, 1997
This book is great!! The best i’ve seen on the human figure.It explains the human figure with examples from drawings don’t by Hogarth. The explanation of the human body in 3D is important in getting the figure to not look flat. The process of learning proportions of the body before getting into detail is helpful. This book will help artist learn to draw without a real life model. If you can draw the human figure you can draw anything as figure drawing covers the basics needed to be a great artist. Best figure drawing book out there with ease of explaination that is sure to improve your figure drawing.

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