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The Artist's Guide to Animal Anatomy

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This superbly illustrated and easy-to-follow guide by an internationally renowned artist and teacher illuminates many biomechanical concepts important in portraying a variety of animals in a wide array of positions. Nearly 150 illustrations, 78 of them in color, offer artists and students a systematic approach to learning proportion, rules of repose and motion, and basic forms.
Following lessons on skeletal and anatomical details, the student learns to create accurate, lively ...
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Overview


This superbly illustrated and easy-to-follow guide by an internationally renowned artist and teacher illuminates many biomechanical concepts important in portraying a variety of animals in a wide array of positions. Nearly 150 illustrations, 78 of them in color, offer artists and students a systematic approach to learning proportion, rules of repose and motion, and basic forms.
Following lessons on skeletal and anatomical details, the student learns to create accurate, lively portrayals of horses, cows, dogs, lions, gorillas, bears, and other engaging creatures. Directions are provided for drawing subjects in poses ranging from static to rapidly moving. An excellent guide for drawing animal forms accurately and freely, this guide will be of value to students at all levels of expertise.
The author, according to art critic Marshall Vandruff, "draws animal anatomy with authority and is one of those rare artists who can draw with technical precision as well as with wild expressiveness." Along with his other major work, The Artist's Guide to Human Anatomy, this book represents the distillation of Bammes's insights and ideas. Together, the two volumes comprise an essential addition to the working library of any artist or illustrator.
Unabridged Dover (2004) republication of the English edition first published by Transedition Books, Oxford, 1994.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486436401
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 9/17/2004
  • Series: Dover Anatomy for Artists Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 818,644
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
1 Basic principles in drawing animals 9
1.1 Deciding on specific impressional qualities 9
1.2 Anatomical knowledge used to pinpoint essence 9
1.3 Understanding the structural design of an animal 11
1.4 Deciding on a viewing angle 15
2 Body cover textures 17
3 Learning about proportion - a first priority 23
3.1 Proportion - a distinctive feature of animal form 23
3.2 Establishing proportion - a practical guide 26
3.3 Practical work on proportion 29
4 Repose and motion - structural and dynamic rules 33
4.1 Modes of standing, sitting and lying 33
4.2 Modes of locomotive movement 35
4.3 Exercises in repose and motion 41
4.4 Freedom - improvisation - experiment 47
5 The forms of the hindleg 49
5.1 Drawing the construction of the skeleton 49
5.2 The musculature 55
5.3 Studies based on a constructional approach and on visualization 57
6 The forms of the foreleg 65
6.1 Drawing the shoulder and foreleg of specialized runners 65
6.2 Disposition of the musculature in specialized runners 69
6.3 The whole leg of a runner: constructional analysis and drawing from imagination 71
6.4 Drawing the shoulder and foreleg of carnivores 80
6.5 Basic disposition of the musculature 84
6.6 A constructional approach combined with visualization 87
6.7 The special shape of the shoulder girdle in primates 94
7 The form of the trunk 95
7.1 Study of the vertebral column as a structure creating form 95
7.2 Drawing the thorax as a plastic core 102
7.3 Drawing the skeleton of the whole trunk 105
7.4 Disposition of the pure trunk muscles 106
7.5 Graphic aids to depicting the body 108
8 Head forms 113
8.1 Types of skull structures 113
8.2 Drawing the skull constructionally 119
8.3 The head and the shapes of its soft parts 122
8.4 Drawing the head as a whole 130
9 Coming to terms with the whole animal figure 134
9.1 Drawings as built designs 135
9.2 Sketching 136
9.3 Free play 138
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