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Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators [Paperback]

Mike Mattesi
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10 Oct 2006
Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators

Capture the force in your life drawing subjects with this practical guide to dynamic drawing techniques - packed with superb, powerfully drawn examples that show you how to:

* Bring your work to life with rhythmic drawing techniques
* Create appealing and dynamic poses in your drawings
* Experience the figure's energy in three dimensional space
* Use the asymmetry of straight and curved lines to clarify the direction of force in the body
* Build on your foundational anatomy and figure drawing skills to animate your drawings
*Apply the theory of force to your on-location and animal drawing observations


Whether you are an animator, comic book artist, illustrator or fine arts' student you'll learn to use rhythm, shape, and line to bring out the life in any subject while Mike Mattesi's infectious enthusiasm will have you reaching for your pencils!

Mike Mattesi is the owner and founder of Entertainment Art Academy (www.enterartacad.com) based in Southern California. He has been a professional production artist and instructor for the last fifteen years with clients including Disney, Marvel Comics, Hasbro Toys, ABC, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, DreamWorks and Nickelodeon.

Audience level: Intermediate to advanced

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (10 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240808452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240808451
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

About the Author

Director of the Entertainment Art Academy based in Southern California. He has been a professional production artist and instructor for almost 20 years with clients including Disney, Marvel Comics, Hasbro Toys, ABC, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Dreamworks and Nickelodeon.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instructive AND inspiring 15 Nov 2006
Format:Paperback
I love this book, it's exactly what I was after! There are many relevant and beautifully drawn illustrations, not all of them by the author, Mike Mattesi, but some by his friends/colleagues. Nearly every single page is filled with drawings.

Here's a breakdown of the 6 main chapters:

Chapter 1 Seeing Life - This is pretty much an introduction to the ideas behind drawing forces - the author explains how to look at a model and focus on drawing the verb/action rather than trying to copy what you see. The theory is good and I saw major differences in my drawings after just this chapter.

Chapter 2 Forceful Form - This chapter is about technical skills involving drawing from varying angles and perspectives. He talks about creating depth in pictures using foreshortening, using overlapping and using tangents.

Chapter 3 Forceful Shape - This chapter is about shapes and silhouettes - how to draw effectively by knowing where to draw curves. This is a bit harder for me to explaing without showing you the illustartions used in the chapter with the authors' descriptions, but I'd say it was how to draw the descriptive nouns of the objects, while also capturing the verbs.

Chapter 4 Clothing - This chapter is one of my favourites. At first the author discusses capturing the texture and weight of the fabric. Later he talks about using clothing in character drawing to enhance the qualities you're trying to convey about them and their pose. I really love the drawings in this chapter.

Chapter 5 On Location, Reportage - This about going out into the big, wide world and drawing the people out there! There are tips on how to observe people and what you should try to capture about them.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for animators and life drawing 3 April 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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Here's a very useful book not just for animators, but for anyone who do character drawings. It's called Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators, authored by Michael D. Mattesi.

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.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little masterpiece. 11 Nov 2007
By JayJay
Format:Paperback
It's a honour to write a review for this book.
It's inspiring and very well written, and the illustrations are of outstanding quality. Mattesi doesn't simple teach you how to give life and power to your drawings (as well as correct common technical mistakes): he makes you change the way you look at reality and drawings.
Whoever you are, whatever your job is (painter, comic artist, illustrator or animator) this book will surprise and help you.
The author holds his readers in great respect and is passionate about his job.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for animators! 1 May 2011
By M
Format:Paperback
This book is a core text for any artist thats wants to breathe life into their figure drawing. I would highly recommended it to anyone that would like to start taking their artwork seriously and most importantly for those students with an eye towards entering the entertainment industries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 20 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Brilliant book, before my drawings were anatomically correct but fairly dull and static. Really helped my figure sketches come to life.

Author makes use of lots of diagrams and uses familiar concepts to make learning the principles of drawing force and easy process.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like this book 7 April 2014
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I think that this is a very worthwhile addition to the armoury of both those who draw and are drawn.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK LET DOWN BY SHODDY PUBLISHING! 4 April 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A truly great book, full of new material, clearly written and wonderfully illustrated. A book to treasure, and to refer to constantly. But the whole effect has been ruined by the use of cheap perfect binding by Focal Press, part of the Taylor and Francis publishing group so that my new copy is already falling to bits. Somebody ought to tell them that smudges of glue at the back of a large sheaf of A4 pages - what looks like a new glue-saving technique of only glueing half the sheet to a thin card cover - is not going to be be sufficient for purpose. When i took the book out of its wrapper two pages fell one. I glued them back in with household glue, but now have resorted to holding the whole publication together with a bulldog clip.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I love this book. Lots of tips and ideas on improving your drawing skills. Unfortunately, i haven't had much time to go through it all, but i will highly recommend this book.
Published 3 months ago by Harry77
5.0 out of 5 stars Got this for my son
Got this for my son who draws comic book characters etc... he struggled getting the detail of movement in and this book has shown him just how to do it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Greg Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational!
Don't be put off by the cover. This is a serious book which stands out from the crowd and more than lives up to its expectation. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Seymour K.
5.0 out of 5 stars New approach to life drawing.
I have many books on life drawing . This one has a fresh approach concentrating on movement and balance in the model and how how this may be achieved in a drawing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Janet Cockerill
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
yeah its a really helpful book, its one of those, you never knew how much you need it until you have it, i do use it for most things and i never thought i would use it so much
Published 12 months ago by thomas redondo
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it if you are serious about drawing
I am an animation and design student and this book is one of the most important books that I have ever bought on the subject! Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2011 by P. O'DONNELL
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Not too much to say, arrived in time and it is a very useful book as I study animation.
Published on 20 Jan 2010 by edd
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