Human Anatomy Made Amazingly Easy [NOOK Book]

Overview

From head to toe, the human form, in all its complexities, is visually simplified to such a degree in this remarkable workbook that even complete beginners will soon be able to draw accurate, well-proportioned faces and figures every time they try.

Avoiding complex charts of muscles and bones that are more helpful to doctors than to artists, this book?s refreshing approach teaches anatomy from a cartoonist/illustrator?s point of view. For ...
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Overview

From head to toe, the human form, in all its complexities, is visually simplified to such a degree in this remarkable workbook that even complete beginners will soon be able to draw accurate, well-proportioned faces and figures every time they try.

Avoiding complex charts of muscles and bones that are more helpful to doctors than to artists, this book’s refreshing approach teaches anatomy from a cartoonist/illustrator’s point of view. For example, there are many large and small muscles in the neck, all rendered in great detail in most anatomy books, but here, master teacher Christopher Hart shows only the four that are visible and need to be drawn. His clear instruction helps readers to visualize and portray shifting body weight in a pose without the need of a model, and instead of showing a mass of facial muscles and bones, he translates them into the simple planes an artist needs to draw a range of expressive faces.
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Library Journal
Human anatomy is perhaps the most difficult of forms for the beginning artist to capture. Hart simplifies the process in an accessible manual that concentrates on line and forgoes the complexity of color. The book suffers, however, from the nature of Hart's past work. He is the author of seven books on cartoons and animation, and his subjects seem ready to don superhero costumes and save the universe. Sidaway's guide to the female nude is much more successful. He takes the reader from simple charcoal drawings to sophisticated watercolors in a dozen projects. Working from photos, the beginner can advance through the challenges of the three classic poses: seated, reclining, and standing. This is a fine addition to the genre, which already includes good sources like Giovanni Civardi's trilogy, Drawing Human Anatomy, Drawing the Female Nude, and Drawing the Male Nude (LJ 3/15/96). Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780770434700
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 253,498
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author

Christopher Hart
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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Another way of measuring the model by sight is to observe the negative spaces created in a pose. Negative spaces are the empty shapes created within the outline of the pose. For example, look at the triangular shape of negative space under the model's raised leg. If you were drawing the model, and the negative space you drew resulted in a smaller area of negative space in comparison to what you observed on the model, you would know that you had erred. You can also use negative spaces when drawing strictly from your imagination. Pleasing negative spaces within a pose tend to open up a drawing.
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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    Couldn't be any better!

    This book will only help improve your drawing and it is as it says... anatomy made amazingly easy. Buy it that is all I have to say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2001

    A Great, SImple Book

    This book is well written and gets straight to the neccesary information. While other books contain more on anatomy, those books many times have information about muscles that you never see, and will not affect your picture. If you are a beginner in drawing, this is a great place to start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2001

    Excellent book

    My first anatomy book. Its really good for beginners because 80-90%of the book is composed of drawings and references. I thought it was very complete. Not only does it explain the anaatomy, it also goes into foreshortening, diminution, movements and action, poses, perspective of the body, etc. I usually just draw as a hobby but this book really helped me a whole lot.

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