Anatomy for Fantasy Artists

Anatomy for Fantasy Artists

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

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Provides instructions on the basics of human anatomical drawing, perspective, and composition and provides methods for transforming the human figure into a fantasy figure.

Barron's Educational Publishing
Here in a single volume is a practical, comprehensive training course for budding illustrators working to master comic book art, graphic novels, fantasy posters, sci-fi book covers and illustrations, and computer games. The author, a highly successful fantasy artist, teaches the basics of human anatomical drawing and musculature, as well as perspective and composition. He then instructs 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. Art students also learn how to show their 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. More than 300 color illustrations.

Publisher: Hauppauge, NY : Barron's, 2005
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780764129506
Branch Call Number: 743.49 Fabry 2005
Characteristics: 128 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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