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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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There are so many horrible art books out there, such as the type that don't feed you ideas, inspiration, and build passion. This book does just that! FORCE is well written and it doesn't have that dated feeling that most art books have. The style described in this book is very applicable to cutting edge comics, cartoons, and design in general.
You get the sense that the author understands mental blocks and the visual comprehension that artists need to understand something. The book is full of visual examples that mesh together with the text seamlessly. Many art books are dribble and the correlation between text and visuals is a mess. You also wont find any filler information to add weight to the book, every page is full of worthy information that needs to be understood.
In essence FORCE will give you mental awareness of your subject and clarification to decisions you make when using your pencil. If you ever have found yourself wondering why your drawings aren't interesting enough or more importantly you can't break into the next level of your talents, this book will do that as well.
making lively character drawings that don't look stiff and lifeless like beginning artists will make,
it is not a fun book with pretty pictures, the book has to be read and drawings studied to understand the writers explanations, the books theme throughout is FORCE, FORM and SHAPE, which is covered to some extent in other books but not as well as this book, highly recommend to serious aspiring artists!!!
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".