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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: 1.9 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,982 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 By M. K. Blewuada on 15 Nov 2006
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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 By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 April 2009
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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 By JayJay on 11 Nov 2007
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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 By M on 1 May 2011
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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 By VolunteerAlex on 20 Jun 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BERNARD CANAVAN on 4 April 2014
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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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I bought this for someone who is an environmental artist and wanted to up their dame on life drawing, he said it was useful.
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By straw panda on 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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