Sunday, August 17, 2008

FAC Life Drawing (part three)

UPCOMING BILL PEET EXHIBIT: If you're fortunate enough to be in Chicago anytime between next week and May, check out the Bill Peet exhibit that's going to be held at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The people at Famous Artists Course continue to publish books about anatomy and drawing animals, as well as other topics. If anyone has a recent copy, I'd be curious to know: are they still publishing this same material? Years ago I bought a version of their human anatomy book and I didn't think it was as good as this stuff, if I remember. I wonder why they don't just reprint this same stuff? Its great. Anyway, enjoy.






18 comments:

Scott Sackett said...

Inspired by these posts, I bought these course books this weekend. I've had the 'How to draw the Human Figure." book for several years and I think you are 100% right, the newer book is not near as good as the old stuff.

If anybody out there is thinking about getting a set of these, i would enourage you to. I just got mine this weekend and I'm very impressed.

I saw these in San Diego several years ago and they were $200-$300 and so I didn't get them (no way I could have afforded it!), but wow, I wish I had!

Thes scans are really nice and all, but there is so much here I doubt you'll ever get it all online.

Butch said...

As it happens, I managed to pick up a copy of the 1967 edition of the series on eBay a couple of weeks ago, with the big ol' box of them arriving on my doorstep only yesterday! (I picked the right auction, I think, since I paid less than $100 for the set, and they're in great condition.)

I'm astonished at the quality of the instruction in these books. There's more solid, practical instruction here than I got in all my years of traditional art schooling.

Stephen said...

Thanks for posting these famous artist scans Mark. They're incredibly helpful.

I've got the famous artists book How to draw the human figure published in 1983. The material was different than what you've posted here; far less helpful and in-depth.

gcastro3d said...

is the 1967 version different than the 1950 version?

Butch said...

I don't know of a good resource that compares the different versions; the one I have comes in 4 big ol' binders (red, cream, blue, and gray) with 6 lessons in each.

k. borcz said...

SQUEE! Yea finally something here in Chicago! :) Thanks for letting me know.

Great post thanks

Kevin said...

I have the 1960 version and the 1967 version and they have minor differences. The 1960 version doesn't use stick figures and uses more of a roughing out in solid forms method. The '67 version uses gesture drawings before tightening with solid forms.

The How to Draw the Human Figure book is basically a truncated version of the '67 version, which makes it more of an advertisement for the course. It still makes a great book for its price, however. I believe that FAC went out of business in the early '70s and was then bought out by Cortina. The course has restarted and has its own website at famousartistsschool.com, though I don't know if they are using different material.

If you can't find a copy of the course in your price range I would suggest getting a copy of the Figure by Walt Reed. All of the material in the book was culled from the figure drawing lessons of the FAC and it's still in print. Hope this helps.

Great posts, Mark!

Scott Sackett said...

Sorry Butch, I think I was bidding against you!

I got a 1960 set for $75 (including shipping)on Ebay. I've seen some go for close to $200. It seems like there's a few sets showing up every month so if you're patient you can get one for a reasonable price.

The Firgure by Walter Reed is a good substitute if you're on a tight budget.

Is it just me or do a lot of the figure drawing books from this era use the same photos of the same nude models? Just an observation.

gcastro3d said...

Do you think the Loomis pdf's has similar information to the Famous Artists Course books? Some of the stuff looks similar.

-gc

Butch said...

Scott: Heh heh! No worries, I still got it for a song. ;)

gcastro3d: If it's just figure drawing info you're after, Loomis pretty well covers it! If there's a better book out there on the subject than Figure Drawing For All It's Worth, I'm not sure what it is. (Well, maybe the Bridgman books, but they're good for different reasons than Loomis.)

Jazzy said...

thanks again!!!!
how can i thank you for all these lessons???

Stephen said...

Mark, thanks again for making these treasures available. I really appreciate it.

I recently read "How I Paint a Picture" (also known as "Rockwell on Rockwell"), wich Rockwell wrote as a "course" to follow. I was wondering if it's the same as the stuff he wrote for the Famous Artists Course? He mentions in the book that he will review art submitted and give feedback on it. Man, I wish I could have one of the greats comment on my art! Anyway, does anyone know if it's the same stuff?

SP said...

Thank you! these are fantastic, now to go study...

stevem said...

Mark thanks again for posting these helpful, hard-to-get scans.

kevin: I didn't know that Reed's "The Figure" used some drawings from the Famous Artist Course. Do you know whether the basic puppets/maneqins he uses (like the ones on the front cover) were his own or taken from FAC?

butch: I had some trouble grasping Loomis' approach when I first started drawing. It was only after studying some Vilppu/FAC, which stressed the importance of basic volumes, that I was able to get the most from Loomis. I agree that "Figure drawing for all it's worth" is an excellent book though, especially for perspective and the models.

THE SIR, James Suhr said...

i haven't commented sooner, but i really want to thank you for posting all of the famous art course stuff. i really read through it and hope it will become apparent in my work soon.

Kevin said...

stevem:
The cover to the Figure isn't from the FAC, so I can only guess it's originally from Reed.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking the time to prepare the FAC materials for posting. Please continue!

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