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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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The book frustrates this reviewer with its condescending tone, its obscure descriptions and its weak analogies. I hope the author reads my review, takes it seriously and exerts a more specific and thorough teaching effort in a future edition. The book has potential but, in its current form, it's just an opinion of the contorted, distorted sketches it contains. For learning to draw the living human form, investigate Glenn Vilppu's approach.
Many teachers do. I guess I was lucky as mine did (years ago in the 70's)In this book, he stresses force lines of figure drawing and the quality of the line (light touch, dark, heavy) as a way to show the force in a figure--therefore, adding a new dimension to your flat looking drawings IF you always use the same pressure on the pencil as your method. Or IF you draw tight and are afraid to loosen up and let the pencil flow on the paper along force lines until you have the figure.
It really didn't help me at ALL, as I learned figure drawing this way. There are many of his and student drawings, and that's fine, but in all fairness and honesty--it didn't help me. I was disappointed in all the glowing reviews?!
YES, I really wasn't helped because I learned to draw this way. If you also learned this way, then there is not a lot of new material. That stated...IF YOU HAVEN'T LEARNED THIS--THEN ITS A GOOD STUDENT PRIMER!!!
To those prissy comments here: I WAS NOT BEING A KNOW IT ALL! JUST HONEST!
What this book IS: The book is a comprehensive guide on how to approach the human figure in a different way. Focusing on motion and how to create a more dynamic and forceful drawing. It deals with line, perspective (applied to the figure) and even a little bit of clothing and folds.
What this book IS NOT: This is not your typical "how to draw the human figure book". It doesn't deal with the classical figure height measured in heads and neither is a book to learn anatomy at all. For that kind of reading I would suggest something on the likes of Andrew Loomis or even Human Anatomy for Artists from András Szunyoghy.
The binding, sadly, is another deal. You have to handle this book with a lot of care if you want it to last. I'm not used to leaving books laying around but I certainly would like being able to have it opened close to me while drawing to better apply some of it's concepts. This is not possible, as you can hear the binding slowly "cracking" and after little use I had to use a bit of glue to prevent some pages from detaching.
Overall, an amazing and unique book that would seriously benefit from a better binding, which is the only reason why I didn't give it five stars.
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.)