The Artist's Guide to Animal Anatomy

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  • Copyright: 2004-09-17
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
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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 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. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Basic principles in drawing animalsp. 9
Deciding on specific impressional qualitiesp. 9
Anatomical knowledge used to pinpoint essencep. 9
Understanding the structural design of an animalp. 11
Deciding on a viewing anglep. 15
Body cover texturesp. 17
Learning about proportion - a first priorityp. 23
Proportion - a distinctive feature of animal formp. 23
Establishing proportion - a practical guidep. 26
Practical work on proportionp. 29
Repose and motion - structural and dynamic rulesp. 33
Modes of standing, sitting and lyingp. 33
Modes of locomotive movementp. 35
Exercises in repose and motionp. 41
Freedom - improvisation - experimentp. 47
The forms of the hindlegp. 49
Drawing the construction of the skeletonp. 49
The musculaturep. 55
Studies based on a constructional approach and on visualizationp. 57
The forms of the forelegp. 65
Drawing the shoulder and foreleg of specialized runnersp. 65
Disposition of the musculature in specialized runnersp. 69
The whole leg of a runner: constructional analysis and drawing from imaginationp. 71
Drawing the shoulder and foreleg of carnivoresp. 80
Basic disposition of the musculaturep. 84
A constructional approach combined with visualizationp. 87
The special shape of the shoulder girdle in primatesp. 94
The form of the trunkp. 95
Study of the vertebral column as a structure creating formp. 95
Drawing the thorax as a plastic corep. 102
Drawing the skeleton of the whole trunkp. 105
Disposition of the pure trunk musclesp. 106
Graphic aids to depicting the bodyp. 108
Head formsp. 113
Types of skull structuresp. 113
Drawing the skull constructionallyp. 119
The head and the shapes of its soft partsp. 122
Drawing the head as a wholep. 130
Coming to terms with the whole animal figurep. 134
Drawings as built designsp. 135
Sketchingp. 136
Free playp. 138
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