- Series: Dover Anatomy for Artists
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised ed. edition (June 1, 1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 048622709X
- ISBN-13: 978-0486227092
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mr. Bridgman states unequivocally in his introduction that before preparing this book he had "not discovered a single volume devoted exclusively to the depicting of the hand." Apparently Mr. Bridgman has appreciated what few others have felt—the human hand's great capacity for expression and the care that the artist must take to realize it. The hand changes with the age of the person, is shaped differently according to sex, reflects the type of work to which it is put, the physical health, and even the emotions of the person. To represent these distinguishing features, to capture the expressiveness of a particular pair of hands, the artist must understand the construction, anatomy, formation, and function of the hand.
There is probably no better instructor to turn to for this understanding than Mr. Bridgman, a well-respected artist who for nearly 50 years lectured and taught at the Art Students League of New York. In this volume, a full text is accompanied by many illustrations depicting virtually every aspect and posture of the human hand. He first considers the back view of the hand, the wrist bones, the tendons, the muscles, the hand bones, the arch, and the veins; and then those of the palm. Throughout he pictures the musculature at work beneath the surface of the skin. He continues by showing how the muscles operate on the thumb side and on the little finger side when each is the center of force; how the thumb and fingers are constructed, their freedom of movement, joints, and complete anatomy as well as views of them straight, bent, and flexed; how the knuckles are formed, what shapes the fist can take and how flexible it can be; and he concludes with illustrations of the total movement, either turning or rotary, of the hand in its various positions.
The 100 illustrations the author has selected perfectly define the regions of the hand so that any artist, beginning or experienced, will increase his mastery of it. Better rendering of the human hand is sure to add new expressiveness to your human figures along with new forcefulness and new interest.
Dover unabridged republication of the original (1920) edition.
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This should be the only sentence needed...if you were an intermediate-upper level artist/art student seeking to turn professional.
I totally agree with one reviewer that if you were an amatuer photos would be much more appreciated. However for those who have had enough practices in model drawings, photos will not suffice. One would turn to a tutorial on specific subjects such as this book for further inspirations. Learning the structure of figures becomes far more important than knowing about understanding the mere display of body fat and collapses of muscles, until you finally hit the level when you have mastered all but fat and veins...which is a goal I'm striving to get to.
So, on that basis, for me and people like me, this book is the BEST if you ever wanna cry over your sketchbook on that hideous pair of hands attached to some pretty neat arms. For those who knows lower arms well, there should be no difficulty figuring out what the poses are. Mr. Bridgman is a master and this book, coming with more drawings than instructions, is just a piece of eye candy. A hundred hands may not seem to be many drawings, but this book is so carefully knit that every single pose is challenging and inspiring. The instructions are, despite being so little, the best written words on hand structures I've read so far. Mind you, I have around ten books on body structures now, yet none achieves the same clarity and informative level as this one does.
One final advice though, don't use this handbook as a go-to reference. Nobody has that perfect hand, and there are thousands of hand poses out there so don't expect to find the pose as exactly what you need. The key point is to read carefully and UNDERSTAND the structure as it is. This book is a tutorial, not a reference book. Google photos if you must.