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Muscles in Motion: Figure Book Drawing for the Comic Book Artist [Paperback]

Glen Fabry
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28 Jun 2001
Comic-book artists are constantly on the lookout for sources for creating those super-human muscles, and now MUSCLES IN MOTION is ready to heed their cry for help. While most anatomy and life-drawing books focus on average bodies, MUSCLES IN MOTION looks at the musculature of bodybuilders and athletes, and then builds on those physiques to create exaggerated forms that are still strikingly dynamic and realistic. With more than 800 action drawings taken directly from the sketchbooks of legendary artist Glenn Fabry, plus Fabry's remarkable commentary on those drawings, this is the single best book on action anatomy for comic-book artists, beginning, intermediate, and advanced.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S. (28 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823031454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823031450
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 27.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 835,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glenn Fabry is best known for his work with DC Comics' Vertigo imprint, including The Authority, Preacher, and Hellblazer, soon to be a feature film starring Keanu Reaves, entitled Constantine. He is also the artist of Marvel's bestselling graphic novel, Daredevil: Human Target, written by director Kevin Smith (Clerks).

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much useful instruction 26 Aug 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First let me say the authors artistic ability is not in question as the more detailed sketches show him to be quite talented. However I purchased the book in the belief it would impart some solid information on how to make action poses more believable this is sadly not the case. This book is basically the authors sketch pad and that's pretty much all. The one piece of useful advice in the few pages of text there are is buy a bodybuilding DVD freezeframe useful poses and sketch them!
'Nuff said.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The drawings aren't helpful 25 July 2011
Length: 1:01 Mins
I'm glad I borrowed this from the library because this book isn't worth the money.

All the figure drawing examples included are from some exercise videos. Not really a problem except that the drawings aren't very good. They are sketchy and the muscles aren't defined well enough. On some sketches, it's hard to make out the form of the muscles. It can get so bad that sometimes the front and back of a person is hard to differentiate.

The poses are pretty stiff and static as well. The examples are very limiting because they are just exercise poses.

This book seems like a personal practice sketchbook of the author Glenn Fabry, with notes to, perhaps, himself. There aren't much useful instructional text also.

Not recommended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Misleading cover, but... 16 Nov 2005
I bought the book, even though various people were negative about it. And yes, I can understand why. The cover is misleading and the drawings are rough smallish sketches of mainly body building/fitness women. So, if you expect a nice tutorial book with an all-round overview of different characters in motion and whatever comes with it, then no. This is not it.
This book is pages of LOTS of sketches (various sizes) of 95% muscular women. The drawing quality ranges from very rough (good for showing how Mr. Fabry draws) to semi-rough (showing good form and results). The poses are at moments very artistic, and at other moments straight from the fitness-sport. The book contains very few explainations, so don't expect to have a something to read here. The book is a visual overview of the female form in many different poses and is more meant as an inspiring reference sketchbook.
It's a rare kind of book to find, and I am happy to have bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I like it! 9 Mar 2011
By Una
I actually really liked this book. I know it is getting bad review but I don't think it's fair. First it is showcasing sketchbook of seriously dedicated figure exploration. I think it is good to keep artist motivated to practice. I don't think it was meant to be reference for artist to work from it's more inspiration to keep on making quick sketches to improve your figure drawing, since figure drawing in motion and anatomy is one of the hardest things to master. I enjoyed this book. It makes me endlessly motivated to achieve better drawings regarding quick figure sketches...I like it
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1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title 24 Mar 2009
By Lhetre
From the introduction of the author "these drawings were never ment to be published". The book is a copy of the sketch pad of the author without any useful advice "for the Comic Book Artist", as the title say. This is a collection of poorly detailed sketches of the same woman crowded on every page of the book.
I expected full page examples, even details of some body parts, but the author put up to thirteen drawings of the same woman on one page. You won't find any help to improve your drawing here.
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