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The Anatomy and Action of the Horse (Dover Anatomy for Artists) [Paperback]

Lowes Dalbiac Luard
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31 Oct 2003 Dover Anatomy for Artists
Using different colors in his drawings, the author not only describes with clarity the functions of various muscles, but also creates images that have the power to suggest movement and stress. Diagrams and color illustrations of the horse's anatomy are supplemented by meticulously rendered sketches of the entire animal. 66 black-and-white illustrations.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (31 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486429806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486429809
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect reference for artists 28 Nov 2006
I bought this book as an aid to enable me to compose better equine drawings and paintings. This is certainly not a complete reference to equine anatomy and cannot be recommended as a handbook for a budding vet. But as this was clearly not the author's intention this is no bad thing. The author manages to stay just short of giving more information than the reader as an artist would need but at the same time gives the reader enough information to create a clearer understanding of how horses move. This consequently makes it much easier to be able to draw or paint horses.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What You See Is What You Get 29 Jan 2010
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A practicing artist of very modest ability, and having recently had limited opportunities for drawing horses from life, I wanted to set myself up with appropriate resources and purchased three books from Amazon.

They are this book, Luard's "The Anatomy and Action of the Horse", Jennifer Bell's "The Allen book of Painting and Drawing Horses" and Lee Hammond's "Draw Horses".

I've given Luard four stars, but that's at the very beginning of a relationship and perhaps not the best place to make a judgement. It is more than likely that this is really a five star book and I've just not had sufficient use of it yet.

It is inexpensive and comprehensive, effectively illustrated (though I think some of the illustrations would have benefited from a larger format)and accessibly written. Interspersed among the text and detailed anatomical drawings are numerous small, attractive drawings which serve both to inform and to entertain.

The book is definitely what it says on the label and is probably not something for the very occasional 'drawer' of horses. If you begin to take equine studies seriously, however, it looks to me like a very good resource indeed.

The Allen Book of Painting and Drawing Horses
Draw Horses! (Discover Drawing)
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3.0 out of 5 stars dissapointed again 28 Feb 2004
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It's so difficult to find a book that illustrates horse anatomy in action. This book discribes action and shows the basic illustrations of anatomy the same as the rest, motionless. These are also poorly done. May be ok for a horse buff but this book is not so wonderful from an artist's perspective.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lacking 25 Dec 2007
By Jan Kerr - Published on
I didn't even keep this was so confusing to find the muscles etc he was talking about through the photos that I gave up ......a good book would have the muscles on the same page and or section of the book and a clear way to find them......then there was the so and so is here...and at the bottom the drawing lists colors that are not on it................I think I wasted money on this book and put it in recycling...
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