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Drawing Animals Made Amazingly Easy [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 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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About the Author

CHRISTOPHER HART is the world's bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books. His books have sold more than 6 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. Renowned for up-to-the-minute content and easy-to-follow steps, all of Hart's books have become staples for a new generation of aspiring artists and professionals, and they have been selected by the American Library Association for special notice.

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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. 

Product Details

  • 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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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #813,530 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 Art-G
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 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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it February 7, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My daughter said, "I 'heart' Chris Hart!" Simple drawings with only the most important details. Improved her drawing for some of the more difficult animals.
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More About the Author

Christopher Hart is the world's best-selling author of How-To-Draw books. Readers have gobbled up over six million copies of his titles, and his work has been translated into more than 20 languages. Chris has had the rare distinction of having the top 1, 2 & 3 art books in the country, simultaneously, as reported by Nielsen BookScan.

Chris is known for his ability to create cute and dramatic characters, brimming with personality. He focuses on the most contemporary styles, genres, and techniques, in order to give his readers and fans the very latest in art instruction.

He has hosted How-To-Draw episodes for Comcast's Activity TV channel and has been featured on 20 videos for Howcast. His work has been licensed to art kits, board games and sports equipment. In addition to his artwork, Chris wrote original screenplays for 20th Century Fox and other networks and was a staff writer on several NBC prime time comedies.

Chris studied art at the California School of the Arts, Paier School of Art, and the Silvermine School of Art. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from New York University.

Chris loves interacting with his readers. He says, "It's a privilege to be published as a cartoonist. I'm grateful to my readers, who make it happen. So if I can give something back, by offering a little encouragement, answering a question, or giving advice, why wouldn't I?"

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