Anatomy for Fantasy Artists

Anatomy for Fantasy Artists

An Illustrator's Guide to Creating Action Figures and Fantastical Forms

Book - 2013 | Rev. and updated ed
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If you're an art student who plans to focus your career in the direction of fantasy illustration, this brand-new edition of a popular and practical training course offers you valuable instruction from experts in the field. This second edition has been expanded with additional pages that feature many more how-to, step-by-step color illustrations. Anatomy for Fantasy Artists trains you in creating professional quality illustration for comic book art, graphic novels, fantasy posters, sci-fi book covers and illustrations, and computer games. Instruction starts with the basics of human anatomical drawing and musculature, and then follows with a review of the principles of perspective and composition. Subsequent sections instruct on ways to distort, develop, and transform the human figure, giving it features that range from monstrous or magical to super-agile or larger than life. Detailed artist's references and step-by-step instructions show how to build bodies that truly stretch the imagination--mighty alien warriors, kick-boxing cyber-punks, and mega-muscled superheroes, to name just a few. You also learn how to render characters in many different dynamic action poses, such as flying, spinning, punching, and jumping, as well as how to express each character's emotions through facial expressions. Approximately 400 color illustrations.
Publisher: Hauppauge, NY : Barron's Educational Series, c2013
Edition: Rev. and updated ed
ISBN: 9781438001982
Branch Call Number: 743.49 F1167a6 2013
Characteristics: 160 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm


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Nov 14, 2014

Had this book on my own shelf for several years now, but only find the first half of it useful.

(note: if you are serious about fantasy art, you absolutely require an imagination of your own)

The second half is showing examples of different characters and how to draw them , like in newbie-level books, except with more detail and better anatomy. They are good for a brief inspiration and nice to look at, but does not help to really invoke creativity.

I thought this was more a title for the artist to present his art collection, rather than instructing in art.

The artwork was good to very good, which was pleasant. Though I think the title is misrepresented.


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