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Animals (How to Draw) [Paperback]

Susie Hodge
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1 Aug 2004 184330600X 978-1843306009
People are probably more interested in drawing their pets and other animals than they are in drawing their friends and family, yet as with drawing people, beginners think that drawing animals is very difficult. In this book Susie Hodge demonstrates just how easy it is, in a series of 10 progressive demonstrations. After detailing the tools and materials required, Susie covers all of the basic techniques necessary to draw animals successfully - tone, solidity, shape, character, expression and movement - these are just a few of the topics covered. The 10 demonstrations are done in a variety of media and concentrate on various aspects of drawing animals - getting the features and proportions right, studying the shape, character and personality, creating the look of fur, capturing movement and foreshortening. Animals featured include cats, dogs, kittens, puppies, rabbits, pigs, squirrels and ponies. A complete beginner will be amazed at what they can achieve by following the demonstrations and learning from the tips, tricks and know-how of the experienced artist.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (1 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184330600X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843306009
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,204,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susie Hodge has a passion for art education and has been teaching practical art and art history to children and adults for over 11 years. She has written and illustrated many books including "Art Attack" How to Draw, Drawing... is Fun! and many titles in the Art in History series. She also works for the Royal Academy, the Tate and the V&A museum to produce booklets for visitors, teachers and students. She lives in Westcliff-in-Sea, Essex.

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4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars if I could 19 Oct 2012
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I do like this book, the information it contains about drawing animals is very good. I thought it had very useful information about how to approach drawing animals, techniques etc. How shapes can be used to determine an outline for your drawing was explained well. I also enjoyed being talked through making the various drawings. However, it says it is a drawing book which it is, but I took that to mean that it would be concentrating on using pencil. It has a couple of exercises to go through which use pencil but the others use other media such as ink, or pastels. I found this to be running before I can walk and would have liked all the examples to be in pencil primarily, perhaps with suggestions for other options.

There are 10 animal drawings that are gone through with instructions. I found it odd that none of the animals chosen were particularly appealing of their species. I found the quality of drawings to be reasonable while some had more charm than others. After the chosen lesson, you are told how you might approach the same drawing in a different media but there is limited help to do so. There is then the same kind of animal but a different photo. I found most of the photographs for all sections a strange choice. Most of them were rather hazy and even out of focus and it is hard to delineate the outline of the animal from its surroundings. They are also quite dark in places. The photos in the alternative sections were by far the worst in this respect. I also have to say that kitten photos are not hard to find so why do we need to have a sickly looking little thing with watery eyes? The rabbit chosen is quite hard nosed to look at, so if you like you animals cute and fluffy this is not the best book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars how to draw animals 8 Mar 2007
By B. Bradbury - Published on
i believe this book offers good instruction,and a really good assortment of materials and techniques for the beginner with an interest in drawing animals. she gives instruction on drawing animals from photographs and then gives you a different photograph for practice.i enjoyed her subject matter and would possibly purchase another book by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How To Draw Animals Susie Hodge 31 Jan 2009
By Ms P. Wooldridge - Published on
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A truly fine, helpful book. It is exactly what I hoped it would be. I've looked for it in several places, and am so glad to have found it on The steps are easy to understand, AND the sweetest little dogs are on the cover---Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I have done some drawings of this breed in graphite pencil. One was a portrait which sold.
This book will be very useful as I get into dogs and colored pencil.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for what I needed 15 Feb 2014
By C. Walker - Published on
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this is a good base for beginning and to take you to imtermediate...this does take it step by step and if id seen it in person id still bought wont be disappointed if you want to just get a good beginning for drawing animals.
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