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Anatomy books

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 2:10 PM


I'm frequently asked how I  learned to draw and  the answer is very simple - a large part of my knowledge is self taught from books. That's why I thought it would be a good idea to share some titles I owned or came across and used them through the years. Hopefully someone will find this list useful :3


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Books that are awesome:

"Anatomy for the Artist" by Sarah Simblet

"The Artist's Guide to Animal Anatomy" by Bammes Gottfried

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Books that are good:
" Drawing the Head and Hands" by Andrew Loomis


"Figure Drawing for all it's Worth" also by Andrew Loomis

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Books that are ok but from the time perspective I do not recommend them:
"How to Draw Heads and Portraits" by Jose M. Parramon

"Human Figure" by Jose M. Parramon


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Books that are pure unrefined shit and should be burned on sight:
Anything from Christopher Hart


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:iconkatrina20lin10:
Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
He has a dA too...
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:iconvaiya:
vaiya Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:C
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:iconkatrina20lin10:
Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I know...[link]
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:iconvaiya:
vaiya Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why would you link me this? :I
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:iconkatrina20lin10:
Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
A collection of chris hart's fail...Do you know any that made you laugh?
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:iconvaiya:
vaiya Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol. When you put it that way...
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:iconpsitt:
Psitt Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
>Didn't know who Christopher Hart was
>Googled
>never unsee


[link]

and that animu face

holy jesus HOW IS HE PUBLISHED
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:iconlimo777spirit:
Limo777Spirit Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student
R.I.P art D: DX
btw its alright, I didnt want to sleep tonight anyway D:
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:iconhurricaneleslie1:
HurricaneLeslie1 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Very helpful! Thank you!
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:iconeldingagunman:
EldingaGunman Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
I had to google Christopher Hart before I realized that maybe the anime face wasn't supposed to be abstract :stare:
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:icontumawruh:
Tumawruh Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Great selection of books, will keep my eye out on them!
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:iconshivira:
ShiVira Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i've been looking for a while now for a canine or wolf anatomy book...
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:iconlimo777spirit:
Limo777Spirit Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student
there is a great book for this:
Wildlife- Wolves, Foxes & Coyotes by Jan Martin McGuire :)
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:iconshivira:
ShiVira Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much i will definitely check it out
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:iconnotched-stag:
notched-stag Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Jack Hamm's "A guide to animal anatomy" is pretty good, as well. It gives a nice basis, anyways, and has some super detailed drawings of big cats, and ...bears of all things. It's pretty scarce on wolves, but given that he devotes an entire section to canines in general, that's probably why. The book is a good starting place for leaning basic animal structures and movements. Each esection has a super-accurate walk-cycle of front and side for the animals its describing...
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LazyMongrel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Christopher Harts way of illustrating his point comes off imature.

Artists guide to Animal Anatomy looks good. I'm gonna look into that one.
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:iconjester-of-the-clown:
Jester-of-the-Clown Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Lol Christopher Hart

Could draw better than him four years ago

Yet still can't manage realistic shading/lighting

fml
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:iconitsnotfilia:
ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, googled the last image and apparently it's done by someone called Peter Gray. (and also comes from a 'how to draw' book) :lmao:
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:iconarynchris:
ArynChris Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Peter Gray did a series of very short, absolutely simple How to Draw X books for Barnes and Noble. From an art perspective, horrific. From a TOTAL beginner's perspective... simple = good and he had a good mix of very basic concepts in those. I actually learned more about how to draw people from a book of his than an art class and a couple more advanced books later on.

Mind you, I still suck at it. But I didn't try learning to draw until I was 21, so that total-beginner level was absolutely necessary to just get started.
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:iconjester-of-the-clown:
Jester-of-the-Clown Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
"How to Draw: People That Remind You of That One Ugly Mutant Guy From The Goonies"
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:iconcmwvisualarts:
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sloth? :XD:
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:iconjester-of-the-clown:
Jester-of-the-Clown Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ayup
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:iconbaelamar:
BaelaMar Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I've read almost every book listed here; and I agree, these are great titles to have. You can never have too many anatomy references! Also, for those getting into fantasy/sci-fi subjects, I think the Impact art books are nice to have as well. The art is very inspiring!
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shinsengumi77 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lmao @ the Christopher Hart bit.

They are so terrible, and yet I can't help but think, "how does he sell so many!?" :nuu:
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:iconcmwvisualarts:
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Because of deviantART: ~Christopher-Hart
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:iconshinsengumi77:
shinsengumi77 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow I didn't even know he was on DA. :nuu:
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:iconcmwvisualarts:
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, he's pissed off about this Journal.
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:iconshinsengumi77:
shinsengumi77 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lolz I feel bad for him, considering he does actually work hard on his stuff.

It's just...not really Anime. >.>
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:iconcmwvisualarts:
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not really anything, it's just a style that doesn't apply anymore.
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:iconshinsengumi77:
shinsengumi77 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha ha did it ever apply? ;P
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:iconcmwvisualarts:
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess not :XD:
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:iconjester-of-the-clown:
Jester-of-the-Clown Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Because untalented weebs are abundant
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:iconblue-uncia:
Blue-Uncia Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, Hart. I actually did use some of his books back when I was first getting into art. My work was all anime back then, and I will admit that some of Hart's stuff actually did help me.

But eventually I noticed a decline in the quality of his books, so I stopped buying them. All this time, though, I didn't know he had such a poor attitude about critiques.

That's kind of a downer.

Well, all this reminded me that I need to clean out my book shelves. Maybe donate some books I no longer need to good-will or something. XD
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:iconcarlatovar:
CarlaTovar Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for sharing! Finding anatomy books for art is very difficult, I usually find medical ones~
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:icone-c-h:
e-c-h Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
One of the very best: [link]

this book seriously rocks!!!
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:iconsevenluck:
sevenluck Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yes! I got this one recently and it's awesome. :D
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:icone-c-h:
e-c-h Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
i love it :) It really has the best approach imo, for helping you learn to draw in any pose, without always needing reference.
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:iconsirius-sam:
Sirius-Sam Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist
Great list! "Drawing Cutting Edge Comics" by Christopher Hart is a good book. I'm not saying it will teach you anatomy properly..(best way to learn anatomy is drawing from life) but to burn it would be a bit harsh. Some of it such as drawing the head, eyes, expressions is cool and compared to his other books it shines.
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:iconjazzds:
Jazzds Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Hart has a pretty okay anatomy book that I got a few years back. Also he is a good backboard for ideas to steal... I mean jump off of...
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:iconkedemel:
kedemel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012   Digital Artist
You should check this out: [link]

Highly recommend.
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:iconkedemel:
kedemel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Also:

Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators by Mike Mattesi: [link]
And Constructive Anatomy by George B. Bridgman: [link]
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:iconwebkeyan:
webkeyan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
thanks
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:iconnewfrog:
NewFrog Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I think it is really useful! Come to the newfrog deviantart
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:iconcmwvisualarts:
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder how ~Christopher-Hart feels about this being the Top Journal for today.
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:iconj-foa:
J-foa Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually I did mention this to him, he simple shrugged his shoulders and gave me some copy&paste comment with little care in it.
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:iconcmwvisualarts:
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I saw. His loss :)
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:iconj-foa:
J-foa Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It baffles me how somebody can promote incorrect anatomy in book format. It is like printing a incorrect map book with islands missing. Like the islands does not matter. Equally as stupid.
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:iconcmwvisualarts:
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Or like cramming a whole bunch of stories into a 11/2 hour film that is missing a lot of information? [M. Night Shyamalan.]
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:iconj-foa:
J-foa Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agree
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:iconkatrina20lin10:
Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
he's currently throwing a bitchfit like any other animu artist would.
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