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The author of the book: Burne Hogarth
Date of issue: February 1st 1989
ISBN 13: 9780823013760
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The size of the: 35.71 MB
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This is an extremely good, introductory education in drawing the head. I would strongly recommend reading other books with different approaches to structure as well, though.
This book excels at teaching proportionality & simplifying the ratios of head & face structures, thereby making the problem of drawing various rotations of the face easier. However, the author is strongly inclined towards the egg shape basic model, & while he makes it work in every rotation, as the more advanced parts of the book come along, the more fudging is required to stick with that egg model.
Another reason to use this book in tandem with other books: this book’s basic neutral caucasian medium head-average face male form is the constant example until the last ~30 pages, so if one wants to practice more with feminine or other ethnicities, one might want additional books & training.
Even with these caveats, I would still recommend this book just for it’s simplification of the complexities of the face-head relationship.
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Read information about the authorBurne Hogarth started young. Born in 1911, he was enrolled in the Chicago Art Institute at the age of 12 and an assistant cartoonist at Associated Editors' Syndicate at 15. At the age of 26, he was chosen from a pool of a dozen applicants as Hal Foster's successor on the United Features Syndicate strip, "Tarzan". His first strip, very much in Foster's style, appeared May 9, 1937. It wasn't long before he abandoned the attempt to maintain the original look of the strip and brought his own dynamic style to the Sunday comics page.
In 1947, Hogarth co-founded (with Silas Rhodes) the School of Visual Arts which became his new direction in life. He was able to pass his unique methods on illustration to his students in the classroom and, in 1958, to the readers of his first book, Dynamic Anatomy.
Hogarth retired from the SVA in 1970 but continued to teach at The Parsons School of Design and, after a move to Los Angeles, The Otis School and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. During his years teaching, Hogarth authored a number of anatomy and drawing books that have become standard references for artists of every sort, including computer animators. Dynamic Anatomy (1958) and Drawing the Human Head (1965) were followed by further investigations of the human form. Dynamic Figure Drawing (1970) and Drawing Dynamic Hands (1977) completed the figure cycle. Dynamic Light and Shade (1981) and Dynamic Wrinkles and Drapery (1995) explored other aspects relative to rendering the figure.
After more than 20 years away from strip work and being hailed in Europe as "the Michelangelo of the comic strip," Hogarth returned to sequential art in 1972 with his groundbreaking Tarzan of the Apes, a large format hardbound book published by Watson Guptill in 11 languages. It marks the beginning of the sober volume of integrated pictorial fiction, what is currently understood to be a graphic novel.
Burne Hogarth passed away in 1996 at the age of 84.
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