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Drawing Cutting Edge Anatomy: The Ultimate Reference Guide for Comic Book Artists (Cutting Edge (Watson-Guptill Paperback)) Paperback – 1 Sep 2004

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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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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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I previously own & have read, and worked by example from, a wealth of anatomy books.

With that said, I can't recommend this book for beginning artists, but for intermediate/ approaching professional level artists.
This is going to be a very useful reference book, it is likely the best that I own to date.

It's also worth nothing that in spite of it's name, this isn't just for prospect comic book artists, but any illustrator.

I own books by artists such as George Bridgman, Burne Hogarth, Andrew Loomis, and many others.
I've also practised my illustration like in the teachings of George Vilppu.

If you're not familiar with any of those guys, I highly recommend you pick up one of their books first, as it will give you a stronger fundament to work from.

Specifically before picking this book up, you're going to want to be familiar with figure-drawing in 3d space and the larger muscle groups of the body previously.

When you're at the point that you're already familiar with how the body looks like, functions like, but you need an easy way of knowing how to depict the body's appearance on the surface, buy this book. You can't go wrong.

As with any other artbook you're not after copying the artist/ doing by example exactly what the artist is doing.
The artwork and explanations presented serve as a good depiction of surface anatomy, and guide, in that it provides solutions to a lot of problems one might encounter in trying to illustrate a human body.

In conclusion: provided that you already have some anatomy & figure drawing knowledge, this is a really good reference book and I highly recommend it for any illustrator of any kind.
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This is a really solid guide to comic book anatomy. If you want to draw comics and have no clue as to what the muscles of the body are and where to put them, this is a great aid to have. Admittedly, it could do with being a bit more detailed at certain points and it will not really show you how to go about actually drawing muscles but that is what practise and jut looking at other artists work is for. As to the criticisms this book has received, namely that it all the woman are too sexy and that the art used to illustrate points is not that great, well duh. Mainstream comic book women are all sexy, it is just the way it is and so it is not surprising that that is what is shown. I'm not saying that I think that this is great but, in the context of learning comic book art, most will want to do what they see in their Marvel or DC and so it is appropriate. Second, expecting top quality art is daft - the royalties would be enormous and the book consequently more expensive! If one is seriously a comic book fan, just pick up a book by an artist you like from your collection and see how they have dealt with problems and made their images look dynamic. In conclusion, I would say that, while this book is hardly "cutting edge", it is a very valuable source of reference for any novice artist.
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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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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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