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Constructive Anatomy, an anatomical reference guide for the working artist, sculptor, and student, graphically shows important parts of the human body, both in motion and in repose — hand, wrist, thumb, fingers, forearm, arm, armpit, shoulder, neck, head, eye, nose, ear, mouth, chin, trunk (front, side, and back), pelvis, hip, thigh, leg, knee, ankle, foot, and toes. Drawings of bone and muscle structure of the working of the joints and the interrelation of the various parts of the body are mainly concerned with movement of all sorts — movements that are described in detail as well as illustrated.

The bending, twisting, and turning, creasing and interlocking of the various parts of the body are represented in drawing as the wedging of masses in specific ways that are clearly defined by Mr. Bridgman.

Countless artists and students since the 1920s have used this and other books by George B. Bridgman (for nearly 50 years a teacher at the Art Students League in New York) for a solid foundation and understanding of human anatomy. They have found, and continue to find, that his unique way of discovering the vitalizing forces in the human form and realizing them in drawing carries the student pleasantly over one of art's most severe hurdles. 

Bridgman's superb anatomical sketches, of which there are nearly 500 in the book, also bring clearly to fruition his lucid theories of how to draw the human body in its structure and its complex movements. Every artist will save tedious hours of research with this simple but effective approach, and will be delighted with its directness and fervor.

This book includes: 

  • An anatomical reference guide: Constructive Anatomy covers every angle of the body – from head to toe – in motion and repose. In addition to detailed drawings, artists, sculptors, and students will find insightful descriptions of body movements and how each part works together.
  • Drawings of body in motion: Explore the structure of bone and muscle and how they work together. Learn how to draw complex poses across various movements, from bending and twisting to creasing and interlocking. Easily understand how limbs interact with each other to create fluidity in your art.
  • Detailed illustrations: Get up close to key body parts such as hands, wrists, fingers, arms, shoulders, heads, and eyes. Enhance your artwork by capturing intricate details that may otherwise be overlooked.
  • For all levels: Whether you're a beginner or professional, this book offers something for everyone! Learn fundamental movement principles to accomplish a realistic representation of your subject matter. With informative diagrams, you'll be ready for your next masterpiece in no time.

Product Details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09BZDV1R1
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (August 5, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 218 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8594752214
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.08 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8 x 0.55 x 10 inches

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