By George Bridgman

The undying vintage on drawing human figures is again! Following amazing runs by way of Sterling’s earlier variants comes a brand new, redesigned model of George W. Bridgman’s landmark paintings. It combines six recognized books by means of the distinguished artist and lecturer, who taught determine and anatomy drawing for a few years at manhattan City’s paintings scholars League. This version preserves Bridgman’s classes and unique sketches, yet now includes a nostalgic, crowd pleasing conceal that distinguishes it from the contest. In its smooth new layout, this entire consultant will surely proceed its reign as one of many most advantageous figure-drawing courses of all time.

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Proportion is the proper relation of one part to another or to the whole, particularly in terms of size and shape. This duck’s body is twice the length of its head and neck combined, and its bill is roughly as long as its head. Keep these proportions in mind as you block in your drawing. Just a few simple lines are all you need to suggest this duck’s form. CRANE Cranes are graceful birds with long beaks, long legs, and broad wingspans. The crane‘s elegant lines make it a good subject for either brush and ink or a simple pencil rendering.

Then I blend the background with an eraser to help make the feathers stand out. SCALES & SKIN Alligator I use a soft, broad pencil with plate-finish paper, as I don’t want the effects of rough paper to interfere with the leathery, bumpy texture of the alligator’s skin. Pay attention to the direction of the light source when dealing with textures—alligator skin is made up of many small ridges, and each ridge must be lit properly for the drawing to appear realistic. Fish First I outline the scales, paying careful attention to the details.

You can even leave the drawing white with thick outlines and make the background solid black. Be creative! Try experimenting with different areas of black and white. Make the beak solid black with a stark white highlight, or outline the highlight within a solid white beak. LEARNING TO SEE DEER To familiarize yourself with a variety of drawing subjects, you may want to consider sketching on location. The zoo is a good place to find animals to draw. Choose a particular animal, and focus on just one part, such as the head, foot, eye, or ear; then draw that part several times in different positions.

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