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Dynamic Figure Drawing: A New Approach to Drawing the Moving Figure in Deep Space and Foreshortening (Practical Art Books) [Paperback]

Burne Hogarth
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28 Mar 1984 Practical Art Books
Figure drawing is the most essential - and the most difficult - of all the skills for the artist to learn. In this manual Burne Hogarth introduces his own system of figure drawing, which should make it possible to visualize and accurately render the forms of the human body from every conceivable point of view. First Hogarth describes the forms of the human figure. Then he demonstrates his "deep space" notion, a systematic sketching order that is the key to drawing the figure with believable interconnection of forms and control of foreshortening. By mastering this remarkable system, artists should be able to draw an amazing variety of poses, actions and gestures without a model, while maintaining the correct relationship between forms.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.; New edition edition (28 Mar 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823015777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823015771
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.9 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Burne Hogarth's (1911-1996) remarkable career spanned over 60 years. He wore many hats in the worlds of fine art, art education, and art publishing. He is most famous for his internationally syndicated Sunday newspaper color page feature "Tarzan" (1937-1950) and for his illustrated adaptations of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels "Tarzan of the Apes" and "Jungle Tales of Tarzan." A co-founder of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Hogarth remains one of the most influential figures in art education today.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars �buy this book it will not disappoint�. 11 Aug 2000
By A Customer
The chances are that you are already interested in drawing dynamic style figures before you even choose to look at this book. If this is the case once you have stopped marvelling at the fantastic drawings within, you will quickly start to understand and benefit from them and the accompanying text. It is a book that has already helped me introduce more movement, depth and dimension into the illustrations that I do. If drawing the human figure is essential to you then trust me when I say 'buy this book it will not disappoint'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A staple for any artist.. struggling or otherwise 7 April 1999
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I've been Drawing Comics for the past eight years and i recomend this book to everyone. Gives great insight into anatomy and not the traditional rehash of 7 1/2 head tall three heads wide etc. This book has helped me out alot giving tips and tricks to prooblem areas like the back muscles and different perspectives and especially those pesky hands. Most other books concentrate on the every day anatomy, this book gives what it says "DYNAMIC!" A MUST if you enjoy drawing comics. Thanks Burne!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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From the first page I turned in Hogarth's Drawing the Human Head I was hooked. Little did I know that there was an even more exciting, innovative book from the same author! Dynamic Figure Drawing is the best book of it's kind! Instead of taking the overused step-by-step approach--which may do more harm than help--this book allows the reader to simply absorb all that is needed from useful explanations and beautiful sketches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book, but.... 9 Sep 2011
This isn't so much a review as a little tale that may be helpful in your deciding if this book is for you or not...
15 years ago I inherited a copy of this from another artist - "It's a good book, but I don`t use it much" she said. Flicking through it, I thought "Great! This is just what I`m looking for" - I like to draw dancers in movement, but its difficult to set up, so working without a model is a worthwhile skill to develop.
A couple of years ago, I was in another studio building and two other artists had the same book on their shelves. I got identical responses when I asked what they thought of it; "It's a good book, but..." and that "but" is the same thing that I encountered.
This is the catch; Hogarth`s book is offering you a system, a fully-realised method of drawing the figure in extreme poses virtually from scratch. Those of us who have had formal life-class training from the static model have gained a different experience of making measurements, finding muscle tensions, balance-points, etc., although it is the same information explained in a different way, there is a barrier between this approach and the direct observational approach my colleagues and I have been taught; it isn't that we couldn't learn from it - there is much helpful information both in the text and in the illustrations - its more that the commitment required to follow Hogarth`s system is rather daunting and a little alien to those of us who have developed other solutions to drawing figures. This might imply a certain laziness on our part, but I don`t really think it is - when a tried and tested approach works for you, changing it is difficult, perhaps even counter-productive; this probably has to do with the psychology of learning - something I am not qualified to comment on, so I won't!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the reading, practice AND reference manual 2 Feb 1999
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A great book, one to read and enjoy (especially the last 1/3), one to practice with, and one to keep as a reference. I found it takes a few readings to develop the sense and style that your sketch hand will develop thru practice. The format of the book walks you through a great progression of visual understanding. Thereby providing the reader the tools required to develop patience for sketching. Most importantly: the figures are drawn in dynamic poses, and the accompanying text instruct on how to capture this moment in time... unlike many books/teachers whom teach very static poses. After this book and lots practice, you will not require a model: you will have the movements and proportions in your head. As far as I'm concerned: figure drawing should be done and taught this way. If you only buy one figure drawing book then one authored by Hogarth is the way to go, and if you buy only one of his: this is the volume you need.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The only problem I have with this book is that I feel intimidated by Mr. Hogarth's incredible talent. After using up one newsprint pad and a box of charcoal, I find my results to be nowhere close to his, but I have learned several useful technics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful with some limitations 28 May 2009
This book is very helpful to the reasonably competent artist but it has its limitations. Most of all Hogarth adopts a very different approach from the norm and it's important to remember he's talking about FIGURE drawing and not LIFE drawing. He is not drawing people, he's drawing bodies from a mechanical perspective, building up the figure from basic building blocks. His techniques are well explained but they do require a lot of practice.

The results are impressive but not realistic in the sense that all of his bodies look like anatomical models.

This makes it great for generic compositions of the human form but less useful if you want to draw real people.

I found the techniques helpful in composing life drawings but the perfect proportions used by Hogarth (similar to those used by the likes of Da Vinci) are rarely seen in real life, so you have to adjust them to fit real people.

All in all a helpful book as long as you accept its limitations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
if you draw regularly and need to brush up on your figures and their dynamics this book is amazing and you will improove
Published 11 months ago by dennis k thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully detailed book
Horgarth's book is a must-have for those wanting to gain a better understanding of the moving human body and improve the accuracy of sketches. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rachael
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Drawings - terrible prose style
Burne Hogarth was the artist for the early Tarzan comics- his style is brilliant but rather mannered and at times odd looking with stylised poses and oversized feet (to my eyes). Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by Beanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!
Good For Artists stuggling with posing and/or muscular configurations, for both male and female archetype, well explained drawing techniques. Good Buy!
Published on 8 April 2011 by Pig Foetus
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic Figure Drawing by Hogarth
This is the first book I have ever bought on drawing and anatomy (I bought it with Hogarths' "Dynamic Anatomy") as I was struggling getting the lower torso, legs and especially the... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2011 by Craig Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Transformational
One day I could barely draw good figures despite lots of efforts and a week after getting this book I could draw convincing action figures. It was that simple. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2010 by Geoff Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book but read Andrew Loomis Figure Drawing first
This is a very informative book and is great for people mainly comicbook and fantasy artists who want their poses to look a lot more dynamic. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2010 by M. Lenehan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Anatomy Reference Book
Highly recommended, as are all his books. The man knew his stuff and could draw like an Old Master. I first got this when I was in secondary school (many, many moons ago) trying to... Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2009 by Rory Mcleish
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, if Exaggerated
This is a very useful book to have around and very good for anatomy, in particular his directions in drawing perspective. Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2006 by Aileen Pettigrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent visual reference, outdated language
Hogarth's drawings take some getting used to, and his use of language sounds like it's firmly rooted in the 50's, but his style of exagerated light and shade really helps to... Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2004
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