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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Design Studio Press (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933492929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933492926
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 11 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Terryl Whitlatch’s animal drawings achieve that rare blend of accuracy and expressiveness which comes from a lifetime of direct observation of living creatures. To those gifts she adds a rich imagination that can create convincing characters without anthropomorphizing them.”
 
-       James Gurney, author of Dinotopia

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Terryl Whitlatch is an accomplished, scientific and academically trained illustrator who extensively studied vertebrate zoology and animal anatomy. She has worked for various zoos and museums in the US and The World Wildlife Fund as Senior consultant for Wildlife Art and Animal Anatomy. She is considered to be one of the top creature designers and animal anatomists working in the field today

In a career spanning over 25 years, Terryl has many projects to her credit, including Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Special Edition, Jumanji 1 and 2, Men in Black, Brother Bear, Dragonheart, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Curious George, The Polar Express, and Beowulf. For over seven years, Terryl worked for Lucasfilm Ltd., Industrial Light & Magic and George Lucas' JAK Films. Her unique combination of illustration skills and comprehensive knowledge of animal anatomy and movement are essential components in the design, anatomy and physical animation aspects of believable creature creation.

In her work on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, she worked directly with George Lucas for whom she designed countless creatures for the films and related products, including CD-ROMs. A collection of her work for Lucasfilm, The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide was published by Chronicle Books in 2001 to critical acclaim and popular success. Terryl also designed for many electronic and interactive games for leading publishers including Steven's Spielberg's The Dig, for LucasArts.

Terryl has also worked with many major studios and effects houses as a highly sought after creature and concept designer. Clients include Industrial Light and Magic, Lucasfilm, Ltd., Pixar, Walt Disney Feature Animation, PDI, Entertainment Arts, LucasArts, Chronicle Books, and various zoos and natural history museums.

Terryl is also the author of “The Katurran Odyssey”, volume one of a forthcoming series “The Katurran Trilogy”. In addition Terryl is involved with several other book and film concepts, as well as teaching Creature Design and Construction/Anatomy at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.


 

 


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One of the best book that I see, a happy surprice that I found.
Gus S
Terryl Whitlatch is so talented, and this book of her animal illustrations and drawings is amazing.
Heidi Bromley
It's a great reference book if you're looking for animal structure when drawing/sketching.
Jessica T.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 14, 2011
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This book made my face light up. Packed in this 160-page book is a collection of new artwork from Terryl Whitlatch. You won't see any of her Star Wars creatures that appeared in The Wildlife of Star Wars - you should probably get that book as well.

The gallery consist of paintings and sketches of real and imagined animals. The designs for the imaginative creatures are beautiful and believable. There are sea, land and flying creatures. Great variety.

Many sketches are included, some picked from her art classes. For selected creatures, they are so detailed separate drawings on the muscular anatomy and bone structure are included. Scribbled on the sketches are labels and notes, though a bit small but only because there's so much packed onto the page.

Besides creature concept art, there are also stylized character designs. Rocket rhinos, psychotic pandas, comical cerberus, cupid frogs are just some of the many animated ideas. They are really fun to look at.

This isn't an instructional book so there aren't pointers on how to draw, but you can get lots of ideas or understand what's possible just by looking at the drawings.

This inspiring book is highly recommended to anyone who loves animal art.

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There's a hardcover edition available: Animals Real and Imagined: Fantasy of What Is and What Might Be

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(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By eagseags on February 5, 2011
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Let me be clear at the outset:
1. I love fantasy art, and I love paleoart.
2. Terryl Whitlatch is clearly a talented artist. Her work reminds me of that of Mauricio Anton and James Gurney. She can do anatomical drawings of extinct, modern, and imaginary animals, draw characters, etc. in a number of styles from the ultra-realistic to the cartoonish.

This book is filled with interesting and delightful art. What I hoped for is some explanation of the thought process behind the drawings. For example, the "Pre-Tracker" is reminiscent of the extinct predator Andrewsarchus, and has some aspects of the modern wolf, but it has six limbs. It would be nice to know the origin of the concept, what kind of environment was envisioned for that animal, etc.
Also, it would be nice to have some rules of thumb how to make imaginary animals look bizarre, but somehow realistic. Alas, there is none of that here--this book is basically a gallery.

Readers should check out James Gurney's "Imaginative Realism."
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 14, 2011
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This book made my face light up with ecstasy. Packed in this 160-page book is a collection of new artwork from Terryl Whitlatch. You won't see any of her Star Wars creatures that appeared in The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide - you should probably get that book as well.

The gallery of art consist of paintings and sketches of real and imagined animals. The designs for the imaginative creatures are beautiful and believable. They are sea, land and flying creatures. Great variety.

A lot of sketches are included, picked from her art classes. For selected creatures, they are so detailed separate drawings on the muscular anatomy and bone structure are included. Scribbled on the sketches are lots of labels and notes, though a bit small but only because there's so much packed onto the page.

Besides creature concept art, there are also stylized character designs. Rocket rhinos, psychotic pandas, comical cerberus, cupid frogs are just some of the many animated ideas. They are really fun to look at.

This isn't an instructional book so there aren't pointers on how to draw, but you can get lots of ideas or understand what's possible just by looking at the drawings.

This inspiring book is highly recommended to anyone who loves animal art.

-

There's a paperback edition available: Animals Real and Imagined: Fantasy of What Is and What Might Be

-

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marc Dodson on April 24, 2011
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This book has some of the most gorgeous illustrations I've ever seen. I had the pleasure of taking Creature Design from Terryl Witlatch at AAU's graduate illustration program and am convinced she's a creative genius!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JK on March 16, 2011
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pros:
tons of drawings and sketches
color and pencil
different types of creatures real and imagined
skeletal structures and muscles

cons:
just pictures not many instructions for people wanting to learn
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Simek on April 13, 2011
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If you loved her work in the Star Wars book, this will be an even better treat for your eyes. She shows multiple styles, both real and cartoony, but with spunk and humor. She never ceases to be amazing. THIS truly is an artist to keep an eye on. Everything she illustrates comes truly alive. You can tell how a creature moves just by looking at her sketch. Her precision in anatomy even for imagines creatures is simply unmatched. I can't wait for more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. MERRITT on March 12, 2011
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Contrary to another reviewer, I find this book to be replete with useful process work. She builds many animals from the skeleton to muscles, finally to skin and fur. Have you ever seen a dolphin broken down to muscle groups? (I haven't, and it's here) I do wish she spoke more about her process of choosing poses and gestures. I also wish she had broken down one design into replicable steps, from gesture to linework, to patterns and then color. In spite of my desire to see this, I cannot "dock her" for omitting it, there is too much good material here.

Her creatures are fierce and cute, cuddly and vicious, but all compelling. For students, she has great zoological research and breakdowns. We can all use Google image search to find animal reference, but Ms. Whitlatch gives us meticulously reconstructed marine, avian, bovine and primate specimens in one book.

This is a profound book of great generosity that Terryl Whitlatch has given us. Thank you.
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