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Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators (Force Drawing Series) Paperback – Import, 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
About the Author
Michael Mattesi has authored four FORCE books, published in numerous languages, utilized around the world to inspire and educate artists on the concept of FORCE. He has instructed FORCE Drawing for over twenty years and inspired thousands of artists.
Simultaneously, Michael has been contributing his skills as a professional artist on numerous award-winning projects in varied capacities and has collaborated with Pixar, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Consumer Products, Marvel Comics, Hasbro Toys, ABC, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, DreamWorks/PDI, Zynga, The School of Visual Arts, Beijing University, Art Center, Scuola Internazionale di Comics, San Jose State University, The Academy of Art University, Nickelodeon, LeapFrog and many others. Michael’s students occupy all fields of the art industry and have themselves gained prestige for their abilities.
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Overall, a great book with much wisdom and technique. Easy to read, challenging to master. Essential for any artist looking for guidance on how to draw the human figure effortlessly and with appeal.
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.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
What this book IS: The book is a comprehensive guide on how to approach the human figure in a different way. Focusing on motion and how to create a more dynamic and forceful drawing. It deals with line, perspective (applied to the figure) and even a little bit of clothing and folds.
What this book IS NOT: This is not your typical "how to draw the human figure book". It doesn't deal with the classical figure height measured in heads and neither is a book to learn anatomy at all. For that kind of reading I would suggest something on the likes of Andrew Loomis or even Human Anatomy for Artists from András Szunyoghy.
The binding, sadly, is another deal. You have to handle this book with a lot of care if you want it to last. I'm not used to leaving books laying around but I certainly would like being able to have it opened close to me while drawing to better apply some of it's concepts. This is not possible, as you can hear the binding slowly "cracking" and after little use I had to use a bit of glue to prevent some pages from detaching.
Overall, an amazing and unique book that would seriously benefit from a better binding, which is the only reason why I didn't give it five stars.
There are so many horrible art books out there, such as the type that don't feed you ideas, inspiration, and build passion. This book does just that! FORCE is well written and it doesn't have that dated feeling that most art books have. The style described in this book is very applicable to cutting edge comics, cartoons, and design in general.
You get the sense that the author understands mental blocks and the visual comprehension that artists need to understand something. The book is full of visual examples that mesh together with the text seamlessly. Many art books are dribble and the correlation between text and visuals is a mess. You also wont find any filler information to add weight to the book, every page is full of worthy information that needs to be understood.
In essence FORCE will give you mental awareness of your subject and clarification to decisions you make when using your pencil. If you ever have found yourself wondering why your drawings aren't interesting enough or more importantly you can't break into the next level of your talents, this book will do that as well.