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Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators (Force Drawing Series) Paperback – September 10, 2006
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'For animators or anyone exploring life drawing, this book is an inspirational choice.'
3D World, Feb 2007
'Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators, 2e is key to understanding how to capture forceful poses with dynamic drawing. It is informative, concise, and packed full of inspirational illustrations...Force is not just another 'anatomy for animators' book - it assumes that the reader has experience of figure drawing. The focus here is to build on that knowledge and to use straight and curved lines to show the direction of force in the body. Every point in the text is thoroughly demonstrated with the help of superb, dynamically drawn examples.' - Animated News, Oct. 2, 2006
Animators and artists will discover and master the difficult techniques of rhythmic drawing - bringing their work to life!
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Overall, a great book with much wisdom and technique. Easy to read, challenging to master. Essential for any artist looking for guidance on how to draw the human figure effortlessly and with appeal.
First of all, this is a book for intermediate and advanced artists. Foundational knowledge of anatomy is required to fully appreciate and follow along with the lessons.
This book is about creating realistic poses for life drawing. Examples show how forces inside the body and outside (gravity or objects) act on the human figure, and how the body reacts to the force.
There are lots of tips and illustrated examples on strong and memorable poses, such as the using of structure and form, overlaps, foreshortening, silhouettes etc. The explanations are clear and simple, even very sketchy illustrated examples bring the point across with very few lines.
While many instructional drawing books teaches how to draw, this book teaches how to think before drawing. Whenever I draw, I always remind myself of the tips to help prevent my characters from being too static.
Additionally, there are also chapters on handling clothing, drawing on location and drawing animals.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
I immediately applied some of the major principles highlighted in this superb book on approaching the task of life drawing in a different way. As a cartoonist, I have often struggled with trying to get a grip on drawing a human quickly and effortlessly. Sure, I have all the other books, but I came across this one accidently while browsing at my local bookstore. On a whim and to see if I had grasped the major concepts correctly, I used a book on dinosaurs and an advert I received in the mail as a starting point. I drew my rectangles and used a pyramid as the main body and I instantly saw an improvement in my drawing quailty and characterization with a more forceful feeling.
Please note, the cartoon characters at bottom of page where done before I read and studied this book. I also ended up buying the other book by Mike Mattesi, "Force: Character Design from Life Drawing".