Friday, January 1, 2010

Life drawing books readers of this were most interested in in 2009

A Handbook of Anatomy for Art StudentsA Handbook of Anatomy for Art Students
This is a Dover reprint of the 1915 book by Arthur Thomson, a lecturer at the Royal College of Art, South Kensington. The book was an extensive survey of human anatomy using photographs of models and careful drawings of the muscles of the body in the same pose as the photographs. A feature of the book was the use of the photographs to show the body in various poses combined with anatomical drawings naming the muscles and showing the effect of expansion and contraction.

   
Images from the original edition of the book.



Anatomy for Artists: A New Approach to Discovering, Learning and Remembering the BodyAnatomy for Artists: A New Approach to Discovering, Learning and Remembering the Body The author's biography from Amazon.com: Anthony Apesos is an artist and professor at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. He has exhibited throughout the eastern U.S. and in California and China, has done major commissions, and has been reviewed/published in the Boston Herald, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, New Art Examiner (regular reviewer), San Francisco Art Week, Art and Arts Exchange.

Art Anatomy Simplified Art Anatomy Simplified
Dover reprint of Charles Carlson's A Simplified Art Anatomy of the Human Figure. Carlson was an amazingly prolific author, 20 how to draw books over his career. Here is a biography.
 

The art model's series, all of them.

"Ingeniously edited, well-organized, and illustrated with almost a thousand excellent factual three-dimensional renderings."--Los Angeles Times

Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from LifeBridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life
A classic, he wrote seven books about life drawing, they are combined in this volume.

Cast Drawing Using the Sight-Size ApproachCast Drawing Using the Sight-Size Approach
Mr. Rousar currently teaches art and art history at Providence Academy in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio PracticeClassical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice
Juliette Aristides, whose beautiful art is featured throughout this book, is the instructor of the Aristides Classical Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington, where she lives. Her work is exhibited at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco.

Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 1: The Walt Stanchfield LecturesDrawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 1: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures

Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 2: The Walt Stanchfield LecturesDrawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 2: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures

Walt was a kind of Mark Twain for us at Disney. He always taught with humor and skill. You learned to see the world through his eyes. I remember him one day encouraging us to leap into our drawings with boldness and confidence, "Don't be afraid to make a mistake. We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us so the sooner you get them out the better!" Sitting in Walt's class was as much a psychology course as it was a drawing class. One couldn't help walk away with your mind and soul a little more open than when you entered.

Glen Keane, Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Here is an interesting post about one of his classes. "during the production time of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT I met WALT STANCHFIELD for the first time in london. it must have been 1987, don hahn had brought him over from los angeles to conduct drawing classes for the animators, better – ‘gesture drawing classes’." - Hans Bacher

Another one which demonstrates his ability to get to the essentials: "Forget the detail" and other animation-inspired lessons

Fifty Figure DrawingsFifty Figure Drawings
Edited by George Bridgman this is a reprint of a book of fifty drawings collected by the famous teacher.

  

These images are from the original book.

Henry Yan's Figure Drawing (Techniques and Tips)Henry Yan's Figure Drawing (Techniques and Tips)
Henry Yan still teaches at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.

The Art Student's Guide To The Proportions Of The Human FormThe Art Student's Guide To The Proportions Of The Human Form
More about the book here.

The Art Student's Guide to the Bones and Muscles of the Human Body: and Lessons on ForeshorteningThe Art Student's Guide to the Bones and Muscles of the Human Body: and Lessons on Foreshortening
More about the book here.

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