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Joe Singer is a well-known illustrator.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; Reprint edition (August 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823013669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823013661
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Angel Lee HALL OF FAME on September 5, 2001
This is a great book that shows you how to draw many animals including elephants, bears, horses, cattle, deer, sheep, primates, cats, dogs, squirrels and rabbits.
For each animal there is a complete sketch of the front, side and three-quarter view as well as close-up front and side head views. Next, sketches using basic shapes show the animals from several angles. Then, skeleton, musculature and surface anatomy are shown and discussed. A brief three-step demonstration of how to draw the animal follows.
Complete drawings of the animals doing various activities such as drinking, touching, sitting, and resting are also shown along with sketches of the animals' young. Sometimes different species of animals are shown such as polar and black bears. Animals sharing a similar shape such as zebra, buffalo, hippopotamus and burro are shown sometimes as well. Drawings include brief commentary.
Though I do like this book and did find it helpful, especially the anatomy/muscle diagrams, I wish the written instructions were a little more detailed. Overall, I would recommend it to any beginning to intermediate artist who wishes to improve their animal drawing technique.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Holly Ingraham on September 25, 2005
While giving charts of the skeleton and musculature, the emphasis is on the far more helpful method of breaking the animal and its extensions into simple shapes that can be used to quickly lay in a pose before getting on to texture and such. Plenty of action poses and the changes of the head when the jaw or trunk is moved. Covers elephants, bears, horses, cattle, deer, sheep, primates, cats, dogs, and "other small animals" -- mostly the squirrel and the rabbit, but one finished drawing each for the cavy, the prairie dog, the raccoon, and a hoary marmot.

Obviously, if you are focusing on drawing animals in particular or particular animals, you will want more specific reference. Everything here is good, there just isn't enourmous depth.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Masciola on September 28, 2005
I checked this book out at my library mainly to try to get some ideas on how to draw animals more realistically (making the hair look more real). While I was amazed by the drawings in the book, I really didn't learn anything from it. The author should have gone into more depth with the demonstrations. They are each broken into three steps: the outline, the basic shading, and then it's done. So many steps are skipped, so you don't really get an idea of how the author did the drawing. Again, the author's drawings are incredible, I just wish he had gone into more detail on how he did them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By k93 on January 12, 2009
This is an excellent book to use as a reference for experienced artists. As someone who is no longer a novice, I am often slightly annoyed at having to wade through repetitive chapters designed for beginners (what pencils to use, how to shade, etc, etc) just to find the nuggets of information or reference material that are new to me. Therefore, I was very pleased to find this book, which skips the information for beginners found in so many other books, and fills its pages entirely with a good variety of animals of all sorts of shapes and forms.

For each animal, there are pencil rendered versions of:
Front view, side view, three-quarter view
Different positions (resting, running, etc.)
Close-ups of the head (front and three-quarter)
Different breeds

Each also has an illustration of its musculature and skeletal structure,

And my personal favorite feature of this book:
Each has a two-page spread of form sketches in many different positions, which helps a lot with solving foreshortening problems in one's work.

The only drawback to this book is that not every animal is included! This is the most useful animal reference I've seen, and I only wish there were a second volume to include more species that are not covered in this one.

In this book are:
Elephants, bears, horses, cattle, deer, sheep, primates, cats, dogs, and "small animals" (mostly rabbits). Would have loved to see, for example, wolves, giraffes, etc. Still, for what it does have, this is a great book.

Highly recommended for those who are well past the "how to draw" stage and just want some help including animals in their artwork.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2004
At first glance I didn't care for the book that much because it was short on actual written directions. Just recently I decided to actually try and draw something from the book. I chose the rabbit on page 154 and 155.
First he shows many different views of the animal, then some form sketches, skeleton and musculature and surface anatomy, then comes the part I find most helpful. In three steps he shows you how to do an animal from start to finish. He shows you the outline of the animal. Then the outline with some shading and then the final step of adding texture.
I haven't been drawing very long but I can usually do the outline and shading, but have trouble getting texture that looks real. Even though he doesn't explain how to do the texture in words it was very helpful to me to SEE how to do it.
I showed my husband my completed rabbit drawing and he was stunned! He couldn't believe that I had done it. I may be a dork but I am planning on framing it and hanging it in my daughter's room.
I am working on a bear next. I plan on doing each animal in the book then going back and doing the animals in the different views that he showed. Practice makes perfect they say!
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