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How to Draw and Paint Anatomy: Creating Life-Like Humans and Realistic Animals Paperback – 1 Jul 2012
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On his recommendation it is a book worth having in your collection (for an artist)
The guides, and knowlegde learnd here will have a great impact on your preformance as an artist. Remeber, every page can contain weeks if not months of practice... dont rush threw it and cheat your self.
I came across the magazine within the Art & Design section (Computer). Being a bit of a cheapskate, I tend to look here as often you may get computer mags, that have discs with full free software on them, like Poser, Carrara Pro etc. (just a tip)
Anyways to the magazine/book: Although I try (the emphasis on try) to draw human and animals, often the lack of reference material doesn't allow for "realism". Yes you can get pictures/lessons on t'internet, but what if your internet is down, or worse you no longer have access to the net (there is an argument here, as Amazon is an online ie internet shop, so no internet, no access to Amazon, you wont be reading this!!)
I have anatomy and physiology books, (from when I was a student), one of the most well known is Grays Anatomy. Yes this is an invaluable book for both medics and artists alike, but sometimes you just want something that 1) You dont have to be a doctor/scientist to understand and 2) not need a fork-lift to carry the thing. This mag fits quite nicely here:
The mag has an an accompanying disc which basically covers the same illustrations in the mag.
The mag itself uses illustrators to teach you, the human AND animal form to enable to use what you've learned in your drawings; there is sections on the body, arms. legs, hands and head, together with illustrations on the major muscle and skeletal groups of both human and animals.
You might ask yourself is the mag really necessary, as a small-ish guide to anatomy for the artist its not bad, I have had it for about a week and already the mag is showing signs of use, because I keep reading it. Yes there are books out there that cover this matter perhaps in more detail, but it does serve as (at least) offers an introduction into the human and animal form.
As a preview reviewer has stated though, although there is a form of simplification in some of the illustrations and hints to draw certain areas of the body, do not expect to become a figure drawing master/mistress straight away. As of all skills, imagination is one thing but practicing your talents/skills is another.