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Animals in Motion (Dover Anatomy for Artists) Hardcover – June 1, 1957
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"A really marvelous series of plates."—Nature (London)
"These photographs have resolved many complicated questions."—Art Journal
Here is the largest, most comprehensive selection of Muybridge's famous animal photos—more than 4,000 high-speed shots of 34 different animals and birds, in 123 different types of actions. Animals are shown walking, running, leaping, flying—in typical actions. The horse alone is shown in more than 40 different ways: galloping with nude rider, trotting, pacing with sulky, cantering, jumping hurdles, carrying, rolling on barrels, and 36 other actions. All photos taken against ruled backgrounds; most actions taken from 3 angles at once: 90 degrees, 60 degrees, rear. Foreshortened views are included.
These are true action photos, stopped in series, taken at speeds up to 1/2000th of a second. Actions are illustrated in series, with as many as 50 shots per action. Muybridge worked with the University of Pennsylvania for three years, made more than 100,000 exposures, and spent more than $50,000. His work has never been superseded as a lifetime reference for animators, illustrators, artists, and art directors.
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For people who want to understand animals in general, this is a good reference. I never thought that all the ways an animal can go from point A to point B each had a name to it and that a quadruped can have so many ways to move.
Its an interesting historical piece, too. People do not see horses doing useful work any more and it's a reminder that we all had a life before internal combustion. Its an interesting chapter in the history of photography and the history of art, too. (Painting was never the same after people figured out how animals really moved.)
I use this book as a way to double check my perceptions of real animals in motion. For example, in watching a horse at the trot, it looked like the hip on the side of the hind-leg going forward shifted down at the same time, but since the horse only remains in this position for a split second, it was hard to be sure. In the book I found numerous pictures of trotting horses with views from different angles. Sure enough, I found a couple of photos that confirmed the position of the hip relative to the foot.
However, from a historical viewpoint it changed the way artists painted animals in motion, most notably, the horse! In spite of today's equipment being used easily by the average consumer to slow and stop motion, the results discovered and published in this book were the result of ingenious deduction and long, hard work to dispell previously held conceptions! For that reason it deserves a place on the shelf of every artist's book shelf!
You could get video footage of YouTube, convert the video, freeze frame and dissect it, but I found this book quicker and less hassle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No cover art for my old version book but that shouldn't matter. If you're gonna animate and need reference, this is the book.Published 1 month ago by Z. Zarindast
Really good for getting keys for animation and the various animals in there make it an excellent reference.Published 18 months ago by Jeejee Unwalla
Includes a ton of great reference, perfect for animators! There are many animals studied in this book and different types of movements (such as gallops or jumps) are also... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Prayke
Just like Muybridge's other book "The Human Figure in Motion" this is an incredible reference for comics and animation.Published 19 months ago by Mursa
Great for motion poses. Great addition to my art studio library.Published on February 4, 2014 by John Patrick