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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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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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.Read more ›
"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."
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 ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a gift and he likes it, I looked through this book myself and was impressed with it, it looks useful.Published 20 months ago by John
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. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Donnie Max
This is a great book for those wanting to draw concept art (especially linked to videogames) and comics. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2014 by M Carr
Good for coping didn't really learn anything though. i guess it can help a bit but i wouldn't rely on it to help i dont reccomed it but it can helpPublished on 21 Mar. 2013 by wed
Taught me everything I needed to know - really good book with great examples of how to draw catroon hero charactersPublished on 7 Feb. 2013 by andy
my son was really pleased with this book - it's going to be very useful.
I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to take up up character drawing. Read more
I collect psychadelic, comic and fantasy art and also try my hand at some of my own - I have never been able to nail anatomy, but this book is very good, giving clear instructions... Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2010 by Jim