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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (25 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0715320289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715320280
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Al Davidson is the author/artist of a number of graphic novels, including The Spiral Cage, The Minotaur's Tale and Spiral Dreams. He has designed record labels and covers, and illustrated cards for Wizards of the Coast as well as teaching anatomy and figure drawing for the graphic novel for over 15 years.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "gingerninja92" on 15 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
This was a fantastic book, i bought it on a whim, just wanting to perhaps slightly increase my skill in this form of art..it turned out to make it into something much better, it contains pictures, diagrams(musculature and hand shapes, and much more), and detailed explanations and walkthroughs on how to change basic fantasy art and normal art into great, hugely succesful pieces of amazing and unthought of creatures and heros..if you were even thinking of getting this, get it now!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Jun. 2006
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this is one of the best books on drawing ive come accross useing its techniques my skills in drawing people has trippled and am more confident (and after only three days)it is usefull and should be bought as every page contains simple examples and ideas. this bookj teaches like no other giving good examples for the finer detales as well as the main body
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Walker on 1 April 2008
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Having always been a keen artist, with a good but not great level of skill when it comes to figure drawing, I was looking for a book that would help me improve. I certainly got that. This book has revolutionised the way I draw. When drawing I have a much better understanding of just HOW to go about creating accurate humann forms.

The book touches on many areas to do with basic anatomy, it has tutorials, really great advice, some wonderful examples by various artists, it even has a section with a pose library featuring real models.

That's why I love this book; it packs a lot into a single book. Obviously it's not for fine art students who study anatomy in perfect detail, but that's why it's for "fantasy artists".

The majority of the second half of the book is dedicated to developing the skills you'e learned throughout the book. It has a cast of characters ranging from Sven the Barbarian to Orin the Ogre. On these pages the reader will learn to develop certain traits and features exclusive to many fantasy archetypes. There's also detailed breakdowns of how they're drawn.

If you're looking for a book to make you rethink the way you draw fantasy figures, and inspire at the same time...This book is for you.

Glenn Fabry's art and techniques are truly awesome.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By simon on 1 Jun. 2007
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I've got a few other anatomy guide books and fantasy art books, and this is a nice addition to the collection. It gives a nice amount of detail in how the anatomy of a regular human and fantasy human differ and work. Coupled with some greatly detailed illustrations and sketches, this book is definatley worth a look to both aspireing artists and established ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By resinpants on 10 Mar. 2012
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Glen Fabrey has excellent credentials as a fantasy artist and he doesnt let down here. The book is well illustrated and explained, starting out with some anatomical structure and principles, then moving into case studies of different characters, with a full colour illustration of each character, followed by several drawings of the character in different poses and annotated with explanations around the design of the character. For me, the anatomy isnt as detailed as I would like (Jeno Barcsay's "Anatomy for the Artist" has never been bettered) but anyone wanting an academic study of anatomy would'nt approach this book anyway, and what Fabrey does include is sound and more than sufficient for the budding fantasy artist. The anatomical forms are based on the humanoid, I would have liked some of other, monster creatures such as dragons, but there are probably other titles for that kind of thing. Overall a solid guide for illustrators in this genre.
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