Drawing Animals Made Amazingly Easy

Drawing Animals Made Amazingly Easy

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by Christopher Hart
     
 

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Christopher Hart, America’s best-selling author of art instruction books, tosses all that aside to make drawing animals truly amazingly easy, by simplifying animal anatomy so that artists can get the poses they really want. What does that animal look like as it moves, bends, twists, jumps, runs? Simplified skeletons and an innovative new approach show how to…  See more details below

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Christopher Hart, America’s best-selling author of art instruction books, tosses all that aside to make drawing animals truly amazingly easy, by simplifying animal anatomy so that artists can get the poses they really want. What does that animal look like as it moves, bends, twists, jumps, runs? Simplified skeletons and an innovative new approach show how to look at an animal as a strangely built human with an odd posture--allowing the artist to draw animals by identifying with them. Hart’s step-by-step instructions and clear text mean true-to-life results every time, whether the subjects are dogs, cats, horses, deer, lions, tigers, elephants, monkeys, bears, birds, pigs, goats, giraffes, or kangaroos.

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Hart, one of the world's best-selling authors of drawing and cartooning books, takes an unusual approach in this title for young students. To become comfortable with animal anatomy, he offers a simple solution: "You look for the similarities…between animal and human skeletons. Think of an animal as a strangely built human." For novices who may not have mastered the depiction of humans, this may not be much comfort. That said, Hart does provide adequate training in making simple drawings of dogs, cats, horses, deer, bears, lions, and elephants. Libraries on the whole, however, will be better served by self-taught artist Kaaren Poole's detailed and vivid How To Sketch Animals.


—Daniel Lombardo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780770434717
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
07/24/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,061,237
File size:
23 MB
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Believe it or not, but animals do not walk on the soles of their feet! They only walk on their toes. Let's go in for a close-up of this concept.

When relaxed, a dog's paws are always floppy. That's one of the main distinctions i've noticed between animals and humans: Humans use their hands in a very precise manner, whereas animals use their "hands" in a loose and imprecise way.
The idea of relaxed front and rear paws is especially important when dogs-- or any other animals with similar "hands" and "feet"-- walk. Take a look at the Great Dane to the right. This relaxed-paw quality is something that animators use and know well. It's a principle known as drag, and you can see it if you watch any wildlife special on TV. When animals walk, the paws drag behind in a floppy, relaxed manner. This is very different from the way humans walk. Yes, the joints in human hands are often loose during walking, but they never "drag" behind to quite the extent that you see on animals. 

Meet the Author

CHRISTOPHER HART is the world's bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books. His books have sold more than 6 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. Renowned for up-to-the-minute content and easy-to-follow steps, all of Hart's books have become staples for a new generation of aspiring artists and professionals, and they have been selected by the American Library Association for special notice.


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Drawing Animals Made Amazingly Easy 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it alot because of all the detail put into the pictures
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE HORESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alright, I'm going to be brutally honest here. This is coming from an artist BTW. The author has no clue how anatomy works, and I pity anyone who takes his advice. Just looking at the cover I can point out several glaringly obvious mistakes. Why are the front legs so thin? Why is one of the hooves backwards? Why is the tail coming out of the horses butthole? And several more. I absolutely do not recommend this book if you're trying to draw seriously.