Many art students and professionals have mastered the art of depicting unclothed figures, but still have trouble accurately rendering clothing or other forms of draped cloth. Part of the problem—before this book came along—was that there was a lack of concise and simple instruction on the subject, and much that was written was too vague to be helpful. This comprehensive, well-illustrated book was created to solve the problem.
In these pages George Bridgman—a longtime instructor at New York's Art Student League and one of the nation's foremost teachers of figure drawing—offers expert advice on depicting draped figures. "Clothing is none other than a drapery arranged around a body that is beneath it. To express the multitudinous forms it takes, one should learn to express in a direct way the different characters of folds, for each one plays its individual part as distinctly apart as actors play their different characters upon the stage."
Students learn the characteristics of seven different kinds of folds and how to render them, including pipe, zigzag, spiral, half-lock, diaper pattern, drop, and inert folds. Mastery of these principles is the key to realistic portrayal of garments, as well as the proper rendering of cloth in still lifes. The straightforward, easy-to-follow text is illustrated by 200 of Bridgman's own sketches and diagrams, reproduced from pencil renderings in crisp halftones. Art students, teachers, and professionals alike are sure to welcome this inexpensive republication of a practical, hands-on manual by a master of figure drawing.
Dover (2001) unabridged republication of The Seven Laws of Folds, originally published by Bridgman Publishers, Inc., Pelham, New York, 1942.
Poor quality, drawings are flimsy and just awful. Should have read the negative reviews.Published 3 months ago by cindylou2
An Alright book that explains the different kinds of folds and creases that occur on the human form. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jerry Racioppi
While I really love this artist I found that the drapery work was cast in such a superficial manner that I was distracted by it's lack of pizazz Bridgman normally brings to the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Randy Lee Wizek
Drawing is close to my heart. This book is of great help in working with figures and their draping. Glad to have it in my art book library.Published 19 months ago by Sara T.
never got this book. i got another book that was on science. i was looking forward to getting this book but i was disappointed in getting another bookPublished 20 months ago by BryKisha Crawford
I never dreamed there were so many different types of folds! Working on my present figure drawing with a smile on my face. Thanks to the author.Published on December 28, 2012 by Loretta A. Dabiedath