Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Review: Dynamic Wrinkles and Drapery

Burne Hogarth - the author of the book - very accurately points out that even though most art classes concerning the human body are about the nude body, most drawings we will ever do of people will be humans with their clothes on; yet there are few classes and books about how to draw a dressed human.

This book covers a neglected area and it covers it rather well. The book is full of examples of how and where the wrinkles appear and you are beyond the creases by the armpits of the shirt before you even opened the book.

One thing that I found tremendously annoying throughout the whole book was all the masculine men and all the fragile women. The examples with the men and women were extremely stereotype. The few nude men appearing, as examples of movements, are robbed of their genitals; quite ridiculous when it is so obvious that those packs of muscles are men.

I would have liked to see some more variation of the examples; preferably some less busty, elflike women and some less he-man looking men; maybe some old characters as well.

I also think there should have been more on different materials. You learn pretty fast how to wrinkle the shirt, and the next natural step is to draw the material of it as well – it comes with the wrinkles. Yet it’s just briefly covered in the last chapter.

Though I really think this book is useful, I found it a rather boastful exposure of the artists own skills. If you can see beyond this – and the sexist stereotypes – I think you will find this a nice addition to your library of drawing books.