Friday, July 17, 2009

Bridgman studies

I haven't had much to post the last couple months because I have mostly been doing studies, specifically studies off of George Bridgman's book, Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life. To be honest, the book isn't really by Bridgman so much as a compilation of drawings and lessons from his earlier books, including Constructive Anatomy and Bridgman's Life Drawings, which you can actually find as either PDFs or print books (thank the gods for Dober Books), and may be more clear about drawing things like hands. Bridgman, along with Loomis, tends to be one of those artist-teachers whose works are referred to and suggested over and over at for learning to draw anatomy. Yes, it is exaggerated, but this exaggeration helps to identify things for later studies on your own. I personally like when he breaks it down into planes and masses.

You can see below a selection of the studies I've done. I started at the front of the book, where he discusses things like rhythm, balance, body planes and light/shadow, and body masses. I then skipped ahead to work on hands, which I've always had a problem. I'm still working on hands, but I am now moving back in the book a little to work on the torso as well.

Hopefully, I'll get back to more imaginative drawings and paintings, as well as some studies, soon.