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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S. (Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823023982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823023981
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Hart is the acclaimed author of countless how-to-draw tutorials, including two best-selling art books in the U.S.A. - Manga Mania and Anime Mania. He sold nearly two million copies worldwide and has been translated in more that 17 languages

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mona on 19 Jun. 2014
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As I bought this for my partner I asked him what he thought; which is as follows:

"I know what's most important to most of you, like me, is to find out what the book actually contains. It covers the skeleton, muscles (both in great detail), poses, the postures of different ages, very different body shapes, action poses, lighting. Then it starts to focus in closely on the face and head in general, moving around the body in sections (i.e. torso, back, arms, etc). Most sections are broken down into structure, then male and female examples, and then examples in motion.

What's not clear is what exactly makes these character models cutting edge. Also, it's strictly the form of the body and nothing else, like clothing on the body. However, as a reference guide, there are plenty of examples to sketch from with logical progression in each section and reference back to the starting ideas. Even as a complete novice I found this to be very useful."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Smorkey on 9 July 2009
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The book is well laid out and clearly illustrated. As it is an anatomy book, there aren't many illustrations of people wearing clothes. The illustrations include bones, muscles and 'popping' veins. All parts of the torso, both male and female are covered. There's even a section on how to get started. If you really want to improve your anatomy skills this is the book to have.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Lindblad on 2 Oct. 2008
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I'm a hobbyist comic book artist and to me this is the best book on this subject.

I have a lot traditional books on anatomy (In my opinion best ones are made by Andrew Loomis but unfortunately those are hard to find) but there are only few ones that tackle really well how to pencil and ink anatomy in American comic book style.

Best parts of this book for me where "muscles in action" (where you see how different actions change the appearance of different muscles and how muscles move over underlying skeleton). Also "effects of light on the body" together with "surface rendering" (that sections really shows what kind of line should be drawn and where to get good looking muscle groups in different poses and lighting conditions).

When I compare this book with other "learn to draw comics" -books I think that there are few good generalist books of similar quality like Drawing Dynamic Comics (Cutting Edge (Watson-Guptill Paperback)) (Cutting Edge (Watson-Guptill Paperback)) or How to Draw Comics the "Marvel" Way. Those books give you good overall understanding about what steps there is to comic pages from start to finish but those are little bit lacking in details about how to illustrate specific parts of anatomy in variety of positions.

Then there are books that are excellent but bit different in style like
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By spirograph on 25 Feb. 2007
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The previous reviewer doesn't really seem to have paid much attention to the book or its intensions. This book is a guide in the exagerration of anatomy that has been found in modern comics. It focuses on the basics of anatomy, what you would need to get started with an understanding of anatomy. The poses of anatomy don't cover everything, but does give you enough to get an understanding of how to piece things together. Examples are given to clothing (hand and feet specifically) although it might be lacking if this was a book about clothing on the body. This isn't a how to draw book but a reference book, as it says on the cover. There is wealth of useful tips in this book and I have found it a great source of referrence for my own art.
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By Donnie Max on 5 Nov. 2014
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I think this book is kind of shallow as far as the title suggest . There is really nothing cutting edge about this at all ,there's not much explainations about drawing at all. There are just a few doodles and what seem like scribbles that accompany each beautify finished illustration but not much explanation or discussion on the steps it took to accomplished it. It mostly just has some drawings of the muscle groups and their names. I think you would be better off buying a more traditional anatomy book if you really are serious about learning about anatomy.
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This is a great book for those wanting to draw concept art (especially linked to videogames) and comics. It shows enough detail without being overwhelming and the images really cover each point. It looks at each part of the body and is a great reference for up and coming concept arts interested in the graphic narrative medium. I teach learners video game concept art/ comic books and I have had this book for one day and have already suggested it to 2 learners and have had the college library buy several copies. It is extremely readable and an approachable book. What I especially liked was the way it takes what can be overcomplicated ideas such as Muscles and links them into a medium which would interest the learners. Ironically I had just been discussing both body structure and eyes and found the perfect examples within this book. This is my first Chris Hart book but if they continue in this vein it wont be my last.
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