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Mike Mattesi is the owner and founder of Entertainment Art Academy www. Audience level: Intermediate to advanced Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Force , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 23, Dooz rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Oh my gosh, this book. It really was a game-changer for my drawing.
Academic figure drawing is very stiff. It took a book about animation to bring out the natural beauty and flow of the human figure. Animation has a tendency to be poo-poo'd as being a lesser art.
I disagree - animators have the difficult job of making a complex machine like the human body visually interesting without the luxury of detail.
There are none better qualified than they to point out how to portray motion in the figure. This isn't a how-to book on figure drawing. This book concerns itself with the concept of a body's natural "forces," such as gravity, motion, and thrust stop giggling. These are very simple drawings that break down the body's motion into its most basic forms. An excellent book for the serious art student. Nov 15, Parka rated it it was amazing Shelves: art-books-instructional. More pictures at parkablogs.
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 g More pictures at parkablogs. 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.
The companion website for this book is at drawingforce. Truly enjoyed this one. I've had figure drawing lessons, mostly as a prerequisite to enter the school of fine arts I graduated from but also as a student there.
I'd given up drawing for some years now, in favor of other arts, and recently started getting into the habit of daily sketching again. This book was immensely helpful. I felt it saved me bucket-loads of time and helped me find my form quicker and more efficiently than i would have had I gone at it by myself.
It goes through the basics of f Truly enjoyed this one. It goes through the basics of figure drawing. It's best if you couple it with figure drawing poses from online resourses I've found at least 2 youtube channels dedicated to this so you'll immediately put to practice the lessons you learn. It was a joy to look, read and study it.
I plan to refresh the lessons taught in a few months. Definitely recommended. Jun 15, Christine rated it liked it. Kind of a basic book. Used it in my college figure drawing class for animation. AMAZING book for animators, just make sure your conception of anatomy is solid before breaking all the rules and experimenting with exaggerated pose.
Mar 19, Void lon iXaarii rated it liked it. Feb 22, Ian rated it liked it. Took a short 4-class teaser from the author. Dec 13, Antonia rated it it was amazing Shelves: practical-books , art. This is one of the best drawing books I've ever come across.
If you read 'The natural way to draw' by Kimon Nicolaides and liked it, this is the next step. It teaches you how to see the underlying force of model and use it to build a solid lifelike figure.
I'd been trying to learn anatomy and to work from references in order to draw realistic figures from memory, but my work was too stiff. This book is for anyone who has the ability to draw from observation and wishes to take it further. Nov 22, Helsean K. I cannot begin to describe what a magnificent effect this book had on my drawing! Every artist MUST give it a try! Especially if you are suffering from statue-like lifelessness and stiffness in your drawings.
Jul 30, Vinh rated it really liked it. Sep 06, Hanieh Salehi rated it really liked it Shelves: useful-art-stuff. I didn't go through the rest carefully. Once you get the concept of force, then you can use it in drawing everything. Dec 06, Clint rated it it was amazing. Just the book I was looking for! I wanted an instructional-type book that didn't start off with blind-contour drawing and lead into "using a grid. Coming from an animation background, Mattesi pushes some ideas I really like that focus on making the drawing come alive.
His approach is less "draw what you see," and more "understand what you see and give it an opinion. Jan 11, Patricia rated it it was amazing Shelves: animation. May 30, M0rningstar rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , art-studies. The text can be vague and rambling, but it's still a worthwhile read. Works best if at least somewhat familiar with anatomy. Nov 13, Greg Tatum rated it really liked it Shelves: art-books. Great ideas on figure drawing. I think it was worth it just for his advocacy of china marker on newsprint which is amazing.
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Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators
Michael's students occupy all fields of the art industry and have themselves gained prestige for their abilities. Force : Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators. Michael D. Mike Mattesi is the owner and founder of Entertainment Art Academy www. Audience level: Intermediate to advanced.
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