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Anatomy for Fantasy Artists: An Illustrator's Guide to Creating Action Figures and Fantastical Forms

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Here in a single volume is a practical, comprehensive training course for budding illustrators working to master comic book art, graphic novels, fantasy posters, sci-fi book covers and illustrations, and computer games. The author, a highly successful fantasy artist, teaches the basics of human anatomical drawing and musculature, as well as perspective and composition. He Here in a single volume is a practical, comprehensive training course for budding illustrators working to master comic book art, graphic novels, fantasy posters, sci-fi book covers and illustrations, and computer games. The author, a highly successful fantasy artist, teaches the basics of human anatomical drawing and musculature, as well as perspective and composition. He then instructs on ways to distort, develop, and transform the human figure, giving it features that range from monstrous or magical to super-agile or larger than life. Detailed artist�1/2s references and step-by-step instructions show how to build bodies that truly stretch the imagination�1/2mighty alien warriors, kick-boxing cyber-punks, and mega-muscled superheroes, to name just a few. Art students also learn how to show their characters in many different dynamic action poses, such as flying, spinning, punching, and jumping, as well as how to express each character�1/2s emotions through facial expressions. More than 300 color illustrations.


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Here in a single volume is a practical, comprehensive training course for budding illustrators working to master comic book art, graphic novels, fantasy posters, sci-fi book covers and illustrations, and computer games. The author, a highly successful fantasy artist, teaches the basics of human anatomical drawing and musculature, as well as perspective and composition. He Here in a single volume is a practical, comprehensive training course for budding illustrators working to master comic book art, graphic novels, fantasy posters, sci-fi book covers and illustrations, and computer games. The author, a highly successful fantasy artist, teaches the basics of human anatomical drawing and musculature, as well as perspective and composition. He then instructs on ways to distort, develop, and transform the human figure, giving it features that range from monstrous or magical to super-agile or larger than life. Detailed artist�1/2s references and step-by-step instructions show how to build bodies that truly stretch the imagination�1/2mighty alien warriors, kick-boxing cyber-punks, and mega-muscled superheroes, to name just a few. Art students also learn how to show their characters in many different dynamic action poses, such as flying, spinning, punching, and jumping, as well as how to express each character�1/2s emotions through facial expressions. More than 300 color illustrations.

30 review for Anatomy for Fantasy Artists: An Illustrator's Guide to Creating Action Figures and Fantastical Forms

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eyehavenofilter

    I really enjoyed this book, mainly because there were step by step instructions, and some great illustrations. It really sets this art apart from everything else. Fantasy Art really is art, not cartoons, not that cartooning isn't art, mind you. Fantasy Art alloys the artist to be as creative as possible, in "designing " the ultimate character. What fun this was to read and slobber over. I really enjoyed this book, mainly because there were step by step instructions, and some great illustrations. It really sets this art apart from everything else. Fantasy Art really is art, not cartoons, not that cartooning isn't art, mind you. Fantasy Art alloys the artist to be as creative as possible, in "designing " the ultimate character. What fun this was to read and slobber over.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    A generic "how to draw" book. Some interesting images, but nothing really useful. Particularly if you don't want your fantasy characters to be human. Mostly it's about drawing scantily clad women. A generic "how to draw" book. Some interesting images, but nothing really useful. Particularly if you don't want your fantasy characters to be human. Mostly it's about drawing scantily clad women.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ritsumei

    This book tries to do too much, and spends too much time commenting on art, and not enough time actually teaching. The text portions simply aren't terribly valuable. Additionally, the sections on anatomy are fairly disappointing. For example, on page 24: "The face is by far and away the most expressive part of the body, and as such you will need to make absolutely sure your expressions are clear and comprehensible." But there's no breakdown of the features individually, no discussion of facial p This book tries to do too much, and spends too much time commenting on art, and not enough time actually teaching. The text portions simply aren't terribly valuable. Additionally, the sections on anatomy are fairly disappointing. For example, on page 24: "The face is by far and away the most expressive part of the body, and as such you will need to make absolutely sure your expressions are clear and comprehensible." But there's no breakdown of the features individually, no discussion of facial proportion, barely a nod to the differences in male/female proportion, and only 4 samples of expressions for each gender --and those are badly distorted, rather than being "clear and comprehensible". However, it does have a section with some nice reference photos, and an extensive section of various character archetypes, with samples of the characters in motion, as well as art samples from a wide variety of artists for inspiration, though much of the sample art was more ok than outstanding. There's remarkably little nudity, given that the book claims to be about anatomy: only 2 partial nudes, in spite of the fact that the text makes it amply clear that author prefers skimpily clad buxom babes, and considers this a hallmark of sci-fi/fantasy art (it's not). If the book was really an anatomy book a lack of good diagrams might be a fault, but since it's actually much more of a character design book, the artistic handling is ok. (If you are gifting to a younger artist, you'll probably want to preview the book to determine if it suits your family standards; I find the attitudes in the text to be more problematic than the art, myself.) If you're already comfortable with character drawing, this will likely give you some interesting things to explore in your drawings, but do not pick it up expecting that it will be the in-depth exploration of anatomy that the title promises.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nessie

    Feeling like two stars is generous, but it gets a star for the reference images it provides. But yeah this book has issues in terms of dealing with absolutes and acting like that's just how the genre works and I'm not a fan of it. Maybe it's just outdated idk. And I've been laughing at the facial expressions page for hours now, they look so unnatural Feeling like two stars is generous, but it gets a star for the reference images it provides. But yeah this book has issues in terms of dealing with absolutes and acting like that's just how the genre works and I'm not a fan of it. Maybe it's just outdated idk. And I've been laughing at the facial expressions page for hours now, they look so unnatural

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jorge Rodighiero

    Honestly, I am impressed about how bad this book is. - The art itself is subpar. - The designs are cliché and thus ultra-boring - There is not much about anatomy, just skeleton, muscle, and poses for the mentioned boring characters. Do yourself a favour and do not buy this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Xoffelokin

    This was really cool! I actually got it because when we had pathfinder at a friend's house I saw the back of it just chilling on her desk and was interested, so I went ahead and just ordered it. xD It's really cool for someone who already draws but maybe doesn't know what they're doing. It's nice because it isn't so much a step by step but more of a "pro tips" kind of set up, which I always find infinitely more helpful. The only thing is that some of the art is kind of... lol. Like, very traditi This was really cool! I actually got it because when we had pathfinder at a friend's house I saw the back of it just chilling on her desk and was interested, so I went ahead and just ordered it. xD It's really cool for someone who already draws but maybe doesn't know what they're doing. It's nice because it isn't so much a step by step but more of a "pro tips" kind of set up, which I always find infinitely more helpful. The only thing is that some of the art is kind of... lol. Like, very traditional fantasy art. Bikini clad babes and knights with huge codpieces. xDD;; But the info is really good, and there are still a lot of cool pieces of art inside too. I also especially liked the pose references included. Would totes recommend!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rosalie

    Very good fantasy renditions, which the emphasis is really on "fantasy" because of the exaggeration on muscle-groups. However, it shows ways of taking one subject and making it fit the scene. You can take something and make it any thing you want with the know how and imagination. Very good fantasy renditions, which the emphasis is really on "fantasy" because of the exaggeration on muscle-groups. However, it shows ways of taking one subject and making it fit the scene. You can take something and make it any thing you want with the know how and imagination.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Peter

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brendan Coster

  10. 4 out of 5

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  16. 5 out of 5

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  17. 5 out of 5

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  18. 5 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Eric

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    Vanessa

  30. 5 out of 5

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