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Grade 7 Up—Hodges and Cibos have created a thorough guide. Describing the creatures in terms of a sliding scale from human to animal, they begin with some tips on basic anatomy and style. Introductory material includes several versions of an impala that illustrate how various levels of "human" characteristics affect the overall character. The rest of the instruction is grouped by the kind of animal portrayed—felines, canines, equines, etc. Full-color spreads throughout show what can be achieved with practice, and the book concludes with chapters on color and perspective. Lanza includes watercolors of elves and similar creatures such as sprites, gnomes, and dwarves. Materials and basic skills are explained before moving on to chapters that explore faces, figures, and settings. This approach makes the projects accessible to artists who may not have worked with watercolor before. Sidebars feature mini demonstrations focusing on flowers or other details. Useful coloring instructions specify brush and color choices. These fantasy-friendly books provide plenty to explore.—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO
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Lindsay Cibos and Jared Hodges are the creators of the three-volume graphic novel series Peach Fuzz (Tokyopop), which has been published in numerous languages around the world and syndicated in newspapers. Peach Fuzz also placed as a graphic novel finalist for the ForeWord Magazine 2004 Book Of The Year Award and won grand prize in the second Rising Stars of Manga competition.  They have also authored several how-to art books, such as Digital Manga Workshop, for publishers including HarperCollins, Ilex Press, and Impact Books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT (December 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600614175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600614170
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B. Lewis on December 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Alot of drawing books I own give step by step instructions to drawing a specific character. How to Draw Furries does something a little different. It not only gives the step by step instructions, but it also provides instruction on how to color and how to use perspective in backgrounds. The most impressive quality of this book is that it opens up new possibilities for anthro artists. It covers a wide range of different types of 'furries' that spans not only from cats and dogs, but to birds, horses, and rodents as well. Beautiful and well done.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K on January 3, 2010
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For all the stigma that "furries" get, it's amazing just how detailed some of the artwork is at times. Much of it is incredible because of the artist's knowledge of both human and animal anatomy.

I picked up a copy of this book because I do dabble in anthropomorphic drawings from time to time. I usually have a hard time with animal facial details, longer snouts like many dogs especially, but this book gives a good visual breakdown of how it should look. The same holds true for the other types of animals covered in the book.

At the start of the book there is a (very) quick breakdown of human anatomy and each chapter goes over the defining features of the animal type. It's not a perfect resource, but it does help greatly if you're trying to wrap your mind around getting your drawing to look like what you want.

My only complaint really is that it doesn't go into greater detail with the anatomy, but if it had, the book could easily be twice as thick. It would also end up being quite repetitive at times.

Artists with some previous skill would probably get the most out of this book. Even advanced artists could draw some inspiration.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan A. Fisher on December 27, 2009
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I got this book for Christmas, and I have been drawing pictures everyday since! This book is very helpful! I have been searching very far and wide for a book like this to come out. I find this book to help with anatomy very much, as well as, shading, coloring and most of all, drawing out furries. If there was one thing I could add to this book, it would be to anthro dragons. I have a hard time drawing dragon, anthropomorphically. Any way, buy this book!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Grant Beaudette VINE VOICE on November 23, 2009
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"Anthropomorphic" or humanized animal characters have been around since the dawn of storytelling. In recent years, "furry" characters, a usually cartoon-influenced type of anthro characters, have risen in popularity online. "Draw Furries" is one of the first books to bring this popular art style to the "how to draw" book market.

The book covers a decent selection of species for a 128 page book. There are sections on felines, canines, equines, rodents and birds. However it stays fairly generic within the sections, just covering the basics and leaving the further research and details up to you.

The only other book I know that covers anthro characters in depth is Freaks!: How to Draw Fantastic Fantasy Creatures (Fantastic Fantasy Comics), which a decent book and covers a greater variety of species, but I think this one better represents the standard visual style of "furry" characters, both in design and rendering.

"Draw Furries" does try to include a decent variety of styles, both more realistic and semi-cartoony, including examples of anime "catgirl" types, which are basically people with animal ears, and full-out animal characters with no human qualities at all.

Some of the best tips come after the main instruction. Details like adding extra fur and how to clothe non-human characters are things I wished got even more attention in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Jarak on August 29, 2012
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I think this book is good for what it is especially since there aren't many books on this subject (unfortunately). I've read some parts of this book that I found to be relevant, and it had some rather useful advice. It mentions things that can be important to think about when creating and drawing anthropomorphic characters. Something that I'd like to stress is that this book probably won't have you going from being a beginning artist to drawing highly detailed anthropomorphic characters. I don't think any book could do that very easily. Just as with any skill, art takes practice and study. That means you have to draw and draw a lot. It also means that you have to learn techniques either on your own or from others by reading books, watching videos, studying other people's art, asking people, etc. (what ever works for you). Studying other people's art can be helpful for learning new techniques or finding new things to try. What this book offers are tips on drawing anthropomorphic characters. It also shows you some techniques, and it gives you examples of anthropomorphic art that you can study and/or use as references. It can provide many things that should be useful for learning how to draw anthropomorphic characters, but don't expect this book to work miracles. It can simply provide a helping hand to aid you in your efforts. If you want to become a good artist, you will most likely need more than just this book. This book gives advice on fusing human and animal physiology, but it only gives basic information on human and animal physiology. You will most likely need to get help from elsewhere to become more familiar with both animal and human physiology beyond the basics, but this book can offer helpful advice for fusing them into a single character.Read more ›
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