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The Human Machine (Dover Anatomy for Artists) Paperback – June 1, 1972
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In over 400 drawings, George B. Bridgman demonstrates the machine through the presentations which made him a gifted lecturer and teacher in his nearly fifty years at the Art Students League in New York and which gave life to drawings by his many students during those years. All skeletal and muscular systems are fully identified, and all are shown in front, back, and side views.
The Human Machine begins with the framework of bones. In each section (head, neck, hand, arm, forearm, elbow, trunk, shoulder, back, scapular region, pelvis, hip, thigh, leg, knee, foot, and toe as well as the combinations of the major sections working together), George Bridgman starts with the skeletal components of the system; then he adds the muscles, shows the changes in the muscles as the body moves and, finally, shows the appearance of the bodily section in action. At the title implies, Bridgman, throughout, supplements his anatomical work with comparative drawings of simple machines. The anatomical approach to figure drawing is the foundation for the study of human form, and as in his other books on figure drawing, Bridgman's Life Drawing and The Book of a Hundred Hands, Bridgman's approach to the subject is important and unique. The Human Machine will give students and serious artists the conception of the human structure as the complex of beautiful machines it is, and will show how bone and muscle structures are solely responsible for our movements and for the shapes which we, at various times, display.
Unabridged republication of the 1939 edition.
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I also recommend "The Human Figure: An Anatomy for Artists" by David K. Rubins.
The illustrations are somewhat badly printed and hard to make out at times but it's still very helpful especially for the price of these books.
Four stars because of poor print quality.
Bridgman's The Human Machine is *exceedingly* ambitious in its scope, and could have been exceedingly successful to match, were it not for its *one* pretty obviously glaring problem: these drawings are exceedingly sketchy!
Originally published in 1939, Bridgman passed away in 1943. He was approximately 75 when he made this- possibly a factor in the lack of clarity throughout. If only he had made this at the height of his career(!)- This book is a perfect example of 'what could have been'.
Many people revere this work in spite of all this. It may not compare at 1st glance with the slick, computer-aided & enhanced books of today, but if you're willing to get past the obvious sketchiness here you'll find a veritable gold mine of visual information. Take the overall layout & structure for example. In my opinion, this book's presentation easily rivals that of his more polished & refined work- Constructive Anatomy, which has a more awkward interplay between its words & pictures. The Human Machine moves rapidly & logically, building the figure with simple lines first, then showing how bones & muscles interact with each other & with the figure's simplified outline, to give an impression of the whole figure & its parts, all at once in a few detailed pages. It's this *overall* conception of the human figure that appeals to the many who give this work a chance. Bridgman applies all this to the figure's actions & mechanisms as well- it's not just about bones & muscles here, like so many anatomy books tend to be. And Bridgman's lines, though sketchy here, still tend to be an accurate record of the figure, worthy of study. He *usually* chooses his lines with the precision & beauty we've come to expect.Read more ›
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I was familiar with the content of this book so was quite sure of it's value to me. However, the quality of the prints was very low on many pages. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by martyart
This book is clearly the print of a scanned photocopy of a photocopy. Words are unreadable, pictures are just blurs of ink... This is terrible. Read morePublished on April 13, 2014 by Oscar
The book itself is great but it was a bad reproduction of this book. they tried to enlarge the pictures it seems and they were blurry and hard to read. Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by james j swartz
This volume has obviously been scanned from the original Dover printing and poorly. The drawings are mere ghosts. No good as a reference as one cannot see the drawings. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by regi weile
To start sorry about my bad english!
About this product all i can say is DONT BUY IT! The images a bronken, pixelated and most of them you can't even see it i mean those... Read more
The print in the book is VERY light and is hard to read and draw from but it worked for my class.Published on January 14, 2013 by Jessica S.
I would strongly advise the buyer to purchase this book from a different seller/publisher (no where in this book is a publisher even mentioned....). Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by Nick