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Force: Animal Drawing: Animal locomotion and design concepts for animators (Force Drawing Series) by [Mattesi, Michael D.]
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"I have been illustrating professionally for 15 years. I am self taught, meaning I rely upon books and advice from peers. I've always noticed there was some elusive thin that was usually missing from my figure drawings that made them less dynamic. Burne Hogarth's books were very helpful but they didn't teach me how to get into the Flow. How to them them Go Pow! This book gives you the direction to feel out these forces and shapes. I used to think that these things couldn't be taught. When Mr. Mattesi's lessons click in your brain, you are truly feeling this power. For me, as an animator, it makes all the difference in the world."--Brian Leblanc

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Director of the Entertainment Art Academy based in Southern California. He has been a professional production artist and instructor for almost 20 years with clients including Disney, Marvel Comics, Hasbro Toys, ABC, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Dreamworks and Nickelodeon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 25260 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (12 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009W4K07I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #694,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The arrival of this book in the mail came as a complete surprise from Vine (Amazon.com), since I had selected a book on Apple's Aperture programme. I nevertheless perused "Force Animal Drawing" from cover to cover, and found it to be utterly fascinating. I am, however, approaching the book as a layman (with a background in art history).

"FAD" is not so much a 'how to draw' book as it is a manual of applied theory. Mr Mattesi's copious annotated illustrations demonstrate how gravity, energy, and direction affect the anatomy of an animal's body (His cover illustration of a galloping horse, about to change course, conveys not only speed but also energy and power.). He divides the book into three essential sections: 1) plantigrades (animals, from bears to mice, that walk on the flat of their feet); 2) Digitigrades (animals, from lions to cats--and some large birds--that walk on their toes); 3) Unguligrades (hoofed animals). Each section gives examples of anatomy, motion; diagrammatic arrows illustrating directional and applied force; and comparisons of the skeletal frame between animals and humans (although the human points of reference in the case of ungulates become somewhat abstract and require a stretch of the imagination).

The fluidity of Mr Mattesi's drawings is remarkable, and I was not surprised to see that the great German pen-and-ink editorial cartoonist, Heinrich Kley, was listed in his bibliography of favourite artists. I would judge that this book is intended for the advanced artist who is keen on the process of animation, since (and this is my one criticism of the book) Mr. Mattesi assumes that readers are familiar with the abstract theory of force, which he does not define. Nevertheless, on the merit of its splendid drawings, "Force Animal Drawings: Animal Locomotion and Design Concepts for Animators", represents a significant addition to the library of anyone who is interested in the applied arts.
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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 6 Jan. 2012
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The is the third book in the Force series, the other two being Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators and Force: Character Design from Life Drawing.

The two earlier books were on drawing humans. In this book, the similar concept of understanding and using force is used, this time for the goal of making animal drawings lively and natural.

The book is theory based. It aims to give readers a broader understanding of how force works in animals. With some simple rules, the knowledge can be transferred to drawing other animals.

The animals covered are arranged based on their speed, Plantigrades (slow land animals), Digitigrades (intermediate-speed land animals) and unguligrades (fast land animals). Only mammals are covered. There are bears, raccoons, kangaroos, dogs, cats (big ones also), elephants, horses, deers and many more. The section on birds is just a few pages.

Mike Mattesi's examples featured are great, you can feel the energy of animals just by looking at their poses and gestures. I would actually recommend getting the first Force book as well to understand the concept of force better.

This is a great book for artists who love drawing animals.
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It's a good reference for drawing dynamic animals, and also for understanding how their anatomy works. It could have a little bit more of a drawing guide and examples, but it's a good book in general.
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