Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators (Force Drawing Series) Paperback – 10 Oct 2006
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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
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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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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.Read more ›
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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.
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.
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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Good book for starters, to learn how to sketch and be free with their pencilPublished 7 months ago by Artur
This book is amazing!!! And the delivery was pretty fast, pleased!!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought at request of student studying animation at university. Recommended by her lecturer so comes recommended.Published 8 months ago by HJP
Very knowledgable insights. Great for Art students to further develop their skill and perception of perspective.Published 13 months ago by Ffion Edwards
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