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December 4, 2012


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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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KebaSiRota Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just stumbled across this and I was wondering about that last image. Are you sure this was from a Chris Hart book? I'm not trying to defend the guy. It's just that I came across this one "how to draw manga" book that was absolutely terrible, and it wasn't by Hart. This image looks very similar to the terrible art in that book. I think it was called "Mega Manga", but I don't remember who it was by.

As for Hart himself, I am ashamed to say that I own some of his books. They didn't help much, but I have referenced a pose from time to time. I wouldn't recommend them-- especially the older books-- because they really only scratch the surface of how to draw stuff.
galacticpink Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh, I was totally looking to go back to basics due to some recent anatomy issues, so now I'm very happy I dropped by to browse your journals out of boredom. Thanks!~
Silvercat10 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconsilvercat10: :iconthanksplz:
I've been looking for books like these for a long time. You are my savior.
Christopher Hart. Probably best if I didn't say anything.
Dominoluv Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student General Artist
hey you awsome sauce, I need your help if you don't mind wasting time with me ^^'... So I recently lended a book from my school's librairy about animal anatomy and for the part on canine anatomy they used a dog that had alot of mistakes in it's anatomy... so I got tired of all those fail books at the local librairies ( Fact I found many of christopher hart's books but I forgotted my lighter XD ), some only shows sketches and no walktrough, while others only show a walktrought of a so-called anatomy who only consist of putting shapes together, I already know this thing and I wanted to know real canine anatomy who shows steps by step drawings with detailed sketches of the bones and muscle structure. I went to make a reasearch about "The Artist's Guide to Animal Anatomy" by Bammes Gottfried, I found out that there was two versions with different covers, do you think they have the same content? and also for the part on canine anatomy in it, do they use a dog or a wolf model? and do they show sketches or the muscle and bone structure? How much pages are they for the part on canine anatomy? And for my final question, on a scale of 10 how usefull did you find it? Sorry for bothering you with so many questions I feel like Iki at page 195 XD
Soruc Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
I totally agree with the last one e.e
Kitkatpoptart24 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that last one...yeesh... i can't even begin to understand y that would be published
AcidVeins Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
How is this Hart guy even allowed to publish books that should teach ids to draw?
Not only that his stuff looks like shit, he also makes everyone kind of adapt how he thinks art SHOULD be.
For example, how he described drawing teens. "Slender neck, ears poke out from hairstyle. Almond eyes.". Or "catgirls can be what you want, but they have to be cute.".
Thatīs not teaching art in any way, thatīs teaching how to draw crappy pictures of stereotypical characters.
CassandraLCanady Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I actually laughed out loud at the last one....The horror...
Goatllama Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gahahahaha at the last one.
vaiya Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have hated Christopher Hart since I first saw a drawing book of his in a book store maybe 12ish years ago. And I thought to myself then how crap his art and teaching style was, and he'd never last... I'm saddened that he has lasted. I'm glad I'm not the only one who hates him though.
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