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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

Books that are awesome:

"Anatomy for the Artist" by Sarah Simblet

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

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

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

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

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

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Tumawruh Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Great selection of books, will keep my eye out on them!
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...
Limo777Spirit Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student
there is a great book for this:
Wildlife- Wolves, Foxes & Coyotes by Jan Martin McGuire :)
ShiVira Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much i will definitely check it out
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...
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.
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

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:
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.
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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