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Drawing Animals Made Amazingly Easy [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Christopher Hart, America’s best-selling author of art instruction books, tosses all that aside to make drawing animals truly amazingly easy, by simplifying animal anatomy so that artists can get the poses they really want. What does that animal look like as it moves, bends, twists, jumps, runs? Simplified skeletons and an innovative new approach show how to look at an animal as a strangely built human with an odd posture--allowing the artist to draw animals by identifying with them. Hart’s step-by-step instructions and clear text mean true-to-life results every time, whether the subjects are dogs, cats, horses, deer, lions, tigers, elephants, monkeys, bears, birds, pigs, goats, giraffes, or kangaroos.

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Christopher Hart is an award-winnng and best-selling author whose books have set the standard for art instruction, both nationally and internationally, with more than two million copies in print in seventeen languages.

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Believe it or not, but animals do not walk on the soles of their feet! They only walk on their toes. Let's go in for a close-up of this concept.

When relaxed, a dog's paws are always floppy. That's one of the main distinctions i've noticed between animals and humans: Humans use their hands in a very precise manner, whereas animals use their "hands" in a loose and imprecise way. 
The idea of relaxed front and rear paws is especially important when dogs-- or any other animals with similar "hands" and "feet"-- walk. Take a look at the Great Dane to the right. This relaxed-paw quality is something that animators use and know well. It's a principle known as drag, and you can see it if you watch any wildlife special on TV. When animals walk, the paws drag behind in a floppy, relaxed manner. This is very different from the way humans walk. Yes, the joints in human hands are often loose during walking, but they never "drag" behind to quite the extent that you see on animals. 

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  • File Size: 10013 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (July 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CVS44YC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must February 7, 2007
By G-Art
A grand book filled with clear & simple step by step instructions, which are easy to understand and follow. The anatomy and the dynamics of each animal is described well in a separate chapter for many animal types. Each animal is portrayed by simplifying its body parts, poses, movements (run, jump, twist etc) and different views: Hart hi-lights each animal's general and specific characteristics (skeletal, muscular and joint placement) which brings life, individuality & personality to the illustrated creature.

many tips and techniques about creating not only a drawing but a feeling as well, makes this a great book for beginners as well as experienced illustrator.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book January 7, 2008
The book is very well written and has excellent instructions and examples of how to draw animals correctly. Our daughter has really enjoyed using this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Excellent February 9, 2007
By Larry
This is an excellent instructional book. Comparing the drawing of animals to drawing human characters helped immensely. The focus on drawing dogs and cats was also appreciated by my family and I, but rest assured there are lots of monkeys and giraffes! Topics on motion and angles were great as well. Recommended highly!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! August 23, 2008
This is an EXCELLENT book. I've only had it a week and already have seen my artwork dramatically improve. The thing I love most about Hart's books(I own both, "Drawing Animals Made Amazingly Easy" and "Drawing Human Anatomy Made Amazingly Easy") is that they are simple and easy to understand, unlike many books that feel you need the names/latin terms for every muscle and bone in the body.

This is also a great book for those looking to use basic animal forms to create various monsters/demons/creatures/etc. A must have in your collection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art Teacher comments March 16, 2010
I teach elementary school art and am using this book as a basis for a series of classes on drawing animals. I think it is most useful for my students grades 3 through 8, although I am simplifying some ideas for my youngest learners. I wish we had the funds to have a copy of the book for each student because I think that the way the lessons are presented are very kid-friendly (and actually good for a learner of any age), and all the illustrations delightfully engaging. Another plus from this book is that my students get a bit of vertebrate anatomy insight. Thanks.
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More About the Author

Christopher Hart is the leading author of How-To-Draw books on art instruction. His books have sold over 6 million copies, and have been translated into 20 languages. He is published by Random House, Soho Publishing and Walter Foster Books.


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