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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; Pap/Cdr edition (July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565237161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565237162
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.2 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How to Draw and Paint Anatomy Understanding anatomy is the foundation of great art, and this new collection of workshops from the world's best professional artists enables artists of all levels to bring their work to life. How to Draw and Paint Anatomy is the complete artist's guide on how to draw the structures and forms of humans and animals in easy-to-follow steps. In this superb collection of human and animal anatomy workshops, the finest artists in the world share their essential figure-drawing techniques, to ensure that readers of all skill levels will create fantastic images every time. Art students, professional illustrators, and creative amateurs alike will find inspiration and...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mule4468 on 5 Aug. 2014
First of all I have a re-issued version, which costs a lot less (£7.99) from WH Smiths (as of 3rd Aug 2014)

I came across the magazine within the Art & Design section (Computer). Being a bit of a cheapskate, I tend to look here as often you may get computer mags, that have discs with full free software on them, like Poser, Carrara Pro etc. (just a tip)

Anyways to the magazine/book: Although I try (the emphasis on try) to draw human and animals, often the lack of reference material doesn't allow for "realism". Yes you can get pictures/lessons on t'internet, but what if your internet is down, or worse you no longer have access to the net (there is an argument here, as Amazon is an online ie internet shop, so no internet, no access to Amazon, you wont be reading this!!)

Distracted again!

I have anatomy and physiology books, (from when I was a student), one of the most well known is Grays Anatomy. Yes this is an invaluable book for both medics and artists alike, but sometimes you just want something that 1) You dont have to be a doctor/scientist to understand and 2) not need a fork-lift to carry the thing. This mag fits quite nicely here:

The mag has an an accompanying disc which basically covers the same illustrations in the mag.

The mag itself uses illustrators to teach you, the human AND animal form to enable to use what you've learned in your drawings; there is sections on the body, arms. legs, hands and head, together with illustrations on the major muscle and skeletal groups of both human and animals.

You might ask yourself is the mag really necessary, as a small-ish guide to anatomy for the artist its not bad, I have had it for about a week and already the mag is showing signs of use, because I keep reading it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rolio on 31 Jan. 2013
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I bought this as gift for my partner, who is an artist and Graphic designer and he absolutely loves this and find it really helps to draw the human form in postions he may have struggled with before.
On his recommendation it is a book worth having in your collection (for an artist)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 3 Jan. 2013
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Great informative piece of work, detailed instructions and some great example drawings. Essential for a budding artist of anatomy. Don't be fooled though its not as easy as the book makes it look to draw anatomy!!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucy on 15 Mar. 2014
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There is much better information free online - this book is based on a disc and there's not much in the book just lots of glossy mythical fantasy pictures and some basic instruction with text that needs a magnifying glass - not for me and very expensive considering how little I got from it. I envisioned a bible of anatomy for this very expensive price - its is most definitely not.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
LEVERAGE 14 Sept. 2012
By Rick Berry - Published on Amazon.com
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In the spirit of full disclosure I have to say that Ron Lemen is my friend and an artist I've admired for some time. However, beyond bias likes or dislikes, an anatomy book has to deliver clear advantages and insight for the problems of figure drawing or it fails. it's not a matter of taste; it either works or it doesn't. -- This one works.

This book has more than one contributor and as with many such books that can make it a mixed bag, so I didn't give the 5star rate. But it's Lemen's work that pulls this train and his is fortunately the largest part of the book. (His name should have been on the cover somewhere. A lack of credit and marketing vision from ImagineFX as there's a strong following for this artist).

Whether your a pro (I am) or just starting out, this thing will have some goods for you. Lemen likes you to have some way of scaffolding the whole of the figurative problem and makes sure you're not forgetting things that will trip you up later. He quite elegantly lays out a couple of systematic approaches. While that may sound dry, it gets you quickly into the game. He makes sure of your mechanics so you don't have to be mechanical. This leverages seeing over and above continuous fixing and noodling, which can kill inspiration.

A surprise bonus in the book is Marshall Vandruff's section on animal anatomy. Smart, whimsical and occasionally bizarre stuff.

Although the book is slanted toward concepting for media projects, that has it's advantages; it's all about figures that work and are conceived as capable of action at any moment. Lemen wants your stuff to breathe.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Maybe 15 Dec. 2012
By Homer S - Published on Amazon.com
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I like it because I know that the writer (Ron Lemon) knows what he is talking about. What I have problems with is the way the magazine was complied. It felt like ImagineFX took all the notes over the years and jammed them all together with out editing or refining; Giving more examples, more detail and dedication to before and after so a beginning student could just look at the material and see the changes instead of relying on the explanation itself. After looking through the, well put together, Figure Drawing book by Micheal Hampton, I felt this Anatomy magazine to be a little lacking in the easy to understand category.

Their needs to be a book that is dedicated to purely Rons figure/anatomy like the great Andrew Loomis books. Because this magazine isn't just dry Anatomy there is theory, thought and culture trying to escape through these pages, which never really makes it.

This is only one persons opinion.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Inspiring 22 Feb. 2013
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
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I have lots of artistic anatomy books. This is my current favorite that I carry around with my sketchbook. I enjoy this book for the analytical anatomy approach, the compactness of the book and the description of basic principles of both human and animal anatomy. There is an enormous amount of information here presented in the same way that I tend to to take notes in my sketchbooks of other anatomy books. No padding here. You will need other artist anatomy books besides this one but this one's a great start.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Finest anatomy book 16 Feb. 2014
By John Velazquez - Published on Amazon.com
There are hundreds of anatomy books out there (I own most of them) and some true classics...George Bridgman for example. This one really breaks it down in very straight forward muscle structure and how they work with the bones. I study this book all the time.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
More like an anatomy methods overview.. 5 July 2013
By Fear the Tigger - Published on Amazon.com
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Draw and Paint Anatomy by ImagineFX magazine is more like an overview of different anatomy drawing methods. For example, some articles discuss the Reilly Method, some draw in a more manga style etc, I wouldn't recommend it for intense study.
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