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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Anatomy for Artists
  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 2 Revised edition (June 1, 1956)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486200825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486200828
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Studying anatomy is a must.
Tobe
Excllent reference book, and a must have for the serious artist!
S. Oswald
Borrowed this book from a friend and then I had to have it.
Myke Ramsey

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Tobe on September 8, 2002
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I wanted a book that specifically focused on horses. Anyone
whose drawn horses, even for years, knows that getting this
animal down pat is no easy feat. Studying anatomy is a must.
This is THE book.
I have so much respect for the person who drew these plates.
It's astounding work. The anatomy is shown from every angle;
starting with skeletal plates, adding muscles and so forth,
these plates "build" the horse from the inside out. After
studying the legs I cut myself some slack! This is a very
beautiful, complex animal. No wonder this is such a challenging
subject!
There are smaller additional sections on a few animals as a
bonus. I found the cat skull study to be immensely helpful.
I don't recommend this book for anyone who wants a how-to
on every animal in the world, this isn't for you. Nor is it for
beginning artists. It is for serious artists who want to do
in depth study of horses because we can't all just walk outside
and see horses everywhere. There's nothing like the real thing,
but this is a good second choice when the real thing isn't
available for study.
This is one of those books that I actually revere and am very
proud to have in my reference library. A serious resource for
serious art study.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Staples on November 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book has been an enormous help with both drawing and sculpting. My only complaint is the narrow range of species. The book is heavy on horses, dogs, lions and cows. I'd like to see more variety - giraffes, perhaps?
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By dylan miller on March 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Only five animals spotlighted. No explanation of orientation i.e. dorsal. No explanation of what is depicted, especially maddening with certain cross sections. The art is uniform, clean, and attractive. The attention to each animal is not identical, i.e. ones mouth is highlighted in depth while others are not.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Vandruff on November 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Here's my review after teaching Animal Anatomy for Artists in universities for fourteen years, as well as to concept artists, animators and modelers in game corporations.

These are the most authoritative and beautifully rendered plates available.

But let me list the limitations and irritations:

1) The terms are on separate pages from the plates. It's maddening to go back and forth between pages to find the names!
2) The book will not teach you how to draw. You must learn that from Hultgren and the Cortina Famous Artists' Library and Joe Weatherly & Glenn Vilppu... and if you'll allow the plug: me.
3) The names of bones and muscles are not consistent with modern terms.
4) It's mainly Horse, Lion & Dog, and a few others, some of which are drawn by artists inferior to Ellenberger.

So don't go to this book for variety. Go to it for comprehensive anatomy. It will save you years of dissections.

And - it's the most sensitive pencil rendering I've ever seen. Ellenberger is more subtle in modulating surface changes than Escher or Ingres or anyone. I've looked at these plates for countless hours with critical eyes and I always end up admiring them more.

It belongs in every animal artist's library, along with Eliot Goldfinger's book which balances out the shortcomings of Ellenberger. Both books are for the ambitious artist, who will find them worth a hundred times what they cost.

- Marshall Vandruff
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Raczkowski on January 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is the best book I have yet found on animal anatomy. However, that may not be saying much. Nearly a third of the book is devoted to the horse, and the remainder is divided into increasingly smaller sections on the cow, dog, cat, and goat. Then, at the end, there are several one-page plates of bats, flying squirrels, and other assorted animals most people will only snicker at the presence of.
Still, if you want a way to see how the horse, cow, cat, or dog is 'put together,' this is the best I've found without bringing wrath of the EPA and PETA down on you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is nicely illustrated but I found it lacking. I was looking for anatomy of the horse and didn't like this book because as with so many anatomy books the views are always stiff, straight , and or limp. I was hoping for some illustrations of the muscles at work while in action. I prefered Cyclopedia Anatomicae for this very reason, plus it shows more variety of other animals, some human anatomy, and a great feature of comparing the anatomy of various animals along with humans. A great way to better comprehend the whole picture on how anatomy works.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Audre C. Schutte on October 19, 2010
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I got this one hoping it had something more to add to my other anatomy book by Goldfinger. However I found it to be the pricier, but less in-depth option. It covers mostly the horses with other domestic animals and a random lioness thrown in. The lack of other animals is disappointing. I would love to see a bird or a shark in one of these, but so far I'm coming up dry. While the in-depth descriptions of the muscle structures are very well done, there are better, cheaper options out there.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Stellari on October 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought that for the most part this book was very disappointing. It contains a limited number of animals, about 14, most of which I could just walk outside and see live any day I wanted. The book contains tons of detail for a few of the common animals and for lions, but the other half of the animals in this slim book are limited to one or two small half page pictures that aren't even all that helpful. Save your money and find something better.
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