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Animals Real and Imagined: Fantasy of What Is and What Might Be HC Hardcover – 26 Oct 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Design Studio Press (26 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933492910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933492919
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 29.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,286,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Terryl Whitlatch’s animal drawings achieve that rare blend of accuracy and expressiveness which comes from a lifetime of direct observation of living creatures. To those gifts she adds a rich imagination that can create convincing characters without anthropomorphizing them.”
 
-       James Gurney, author of "Dinotopia"

About the Author

Terryl Whitlatch is an accomplished, scientifically and academically trained illustrator who extensively studied vertebrate zoology and animal anatomy. She has worked for various zoos and museums in the United States and as senior consultant on Wildlife Art and Animal Anatomy for the World Wildlife Fund. She is considered to be one of the top creature designers and animal anatomists working in the field today. In a career spanning more than 25 years, Whitlatch has many projects to her credit, including Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Special Edition, Jumanji, Men in Black, Brother Bear, Dragonheart, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Curious George, The Polar Express, and Beowulf. For over seven years, she worked for Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and George Lucas s JAK Films. Her illustration skills and comprehensive knowledge of animal anatomy and movement are essential in the development of believable creature creation.


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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have been considering purchasing this book for a while, and when I saw the paperback version decided to take the plunge. It is a lovely book, jammed packed full of glorious illustrations which are full of life. There is no doubt that the artist knows animal anatomy inside out, and it shows not only in her realistic drawings, but also her fantasy ones, and they are all full of life. The only down side to this book is the distinct lack of writing. There are lots of scribbled notes (which are hard to read), but there is very little from the artist about her thoughts and working process which I feel would have made this book a real gem. It is quite expensive (even on Amazon) for the size of the book, but I am still glad it is in my collection. If you love looking at really good drawings, especially of animals, then this is a lovely book. However, if you are looking for instruction, or something more in depth it might not be what you expect.
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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:03 Mins
This book made my face light up. Packed in this 160-page book is a collection of new artwork from Terryl Whitlatch. You won't see any of her Star Wars creatures that appeared in The Wildlife of Star Wars - you should probably get that book as well.

The gallery consist of paintings and sketches of real and imagined animals. The designs for the imaginative creatures are beautiful and believable. There are sea, land and flying creatures. Great variety.

Many sketches are included, some picked from her art classes. For selected creatures, they are so detailed separate drawings on the muscular anatomy and bone structure are included. Scribbled on the sketches are labels and notes, though a bit small but only because there's so much packed onto the page.

Besides creature concept art, there are also stylized character designs. Rocket rhinos, psychotic pandas, comical cerberus, cupid frogs are just some of the many animated ideas. They are really fun to look at.

This isn't an instructional book so there aren't pointers on how to draw, but you can get lots of ideas or understand what's possible just by looking at the drawings.

This inspiring book is highly recommended to anyone who loves animal art.

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There's a hardcover edition available: Animals Real and Imagined: Fantasy of What Is and What Might Be

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(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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By miki on 28 Mar. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I would recommend this book to budding artists and creature designers because Whitlach's work is very inspiring- she not only shows the creatures themselves, but has thought about the underlying structure, breathing life into her designs that extra touch of realism.
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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
Length: 1:03 Mins
This book made my face light up with ecstasy. Packed in this 160-page book is a collection of new artwork from Terryl Whitlatch. You won't see any of her Star Wars creatures that appeared in The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide - you should probably get that book as well.

The gallery of art consist of paintings and sketches of real and imagined animals. The designs for the imaginative creatures are beautiful and believable. They are sea, land and flying creatures. Great variety.

A lot of sketches are included, picked from her art classes. For selected creatures, they are so detailed separate drawings on the muscular anatomy and bone structure are included. Scribbled on the sketches are lots of labels and notes, though a bit small but only because there's so much packed onto the page.

Besides creature concept art, there are also stylized character designs. Rocket rhinos, psychotic pandas, comical cerberus, cupid frogs are just some of the many animated ideas. They are really fun to look at.

This isn't an instructional book so there aren't pointers on how to draw, but you can get lots of ideas or understand what's possible just by looking at the drawings.

This inspiring book is highly recommended to anyone who loves animal art.

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There's a hardcover edition available: Animals Real and Imagined: Fantasy of What Is and What Might Be

-

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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Format: Paperback
Found this in a local bookshop, it has been on my amazon wishlist for a while. seeing it i had to buy it though i think it's a bit overpriced. This artist has trained in animal anatomy at the highest level and it shows clearly in this excellent book. Would you believe a gorilla with horns? you will after looking here. The illustrations are so lifelike and believable even tha cartoon ones. skeletons and muscles are shown for many of the imagined creatures and there are artists notes, some of which i could not read.
My only regret with this book is the lack of written information, what she looked at when designing them, what might their ecology have been like etc. but a real feast for the eyes.
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Format: Paperback
I saw this book in a shop and after flicking through knew I really wanted it. It's a brilliant book for people who love dinosaurs, animals, monsters or aliens. Theres some unique, inspirational creatures in here and while theres no written backstory, you can tell how they live and where they're from.
Would definately recommend this book to artist/illustrators looking for dynamic monster art.
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