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Human anatomy is perhaps the most difficult of forms for the beginning artist to capture. Hart simplifies the process in an accessible manual that concentrates on line and forgoes the complexity of color. The book suffers, however, from the nature of Hart's past work. He is the author of seven books on cartoons and animation, and his subjects seem ready to don superhero costumes and save the universe. Sidaway's guide to the female nude is much more successful. He takes the reader from simple charcoal drawings to sophisticated watercolors in a dozen projects. Working from photos, the beginner can advance through the challenges of the three classic poses: seated, reclining, and standing. This is a fine addition to the genre, which already includes good sources like Giovanni Civardi's trilogy, Drawing Human Anatomy, Drawing the Female Nude, and Drawing the Male Nude (LJ 3/15/96).
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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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Product Details

  • Series: Cutting Edge (Watson-Guptill Paperback)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 1 edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823024970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823024971
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Customer Reviews

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Steven Savage on October 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent compilation of advice, techniques, and tips combined in a useful format that, simply shows how to draw the human body.
Don't expect any repetitious "boxes and balls" lessons here. This is a book with detailed deconstructions of the nose, examples of eyebrows, advice on visualizing perspective, muscle groups, and more.
This isn't a complete book, in my mind - you'll need some artistic skill and experience to get use out of it. However if you have that, or if you're studying a beginning-drawing book, this is an invaluable purchase.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a very good exposition of human anatomy for the artist. It includes sections on skeletal structure, musculature, flexation, and how various poses are affect the illustrating of a human figure. This is not a book on how to draw a likeness of someone in particular but a good study on the human body and a foundation of it's structure and illustration. If you are looking to draw a likeness then it is still valuable as a basic understanding of anatomy but there are better choices.
The book is a good buy for those who are interested in learning underlying anatomy in order to create accurate and detailed illustrations. It is a good buy and I'm sure will be a regular reference for me.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By veedubyaman on June 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
First, I would like to say that this book is aimed at the non-professional, amateur artist who needs to learn correct anatomy. Otherwise, it wouldn't be a 'how to' book. As an amateur artist myself, I have looked for a book that would help me understand the basic anatomy of the human body.
With 520 muscles in the body, it seemed a little overkill to have descriptions of all of them - even the ones no one sees. Despite what some other reviewers have said, I personally have found Mr. Hart's book very useful and educational. There is nothing in the book that would cause anyone to pursue any particular style. There are no 'style' teachings in the book. Merely good depictions of musculature, skeletal structure and close-ups of problem areas for the average artist struggling with anatomy. I have reviewed quite a few anatomy books, some of them quite in-depth, and decided on this one for its ease of use and practicality.
The drawings are very useful and the order in which the material is presented is well thought out. Granted, Mr. Hart is a cartoonist by trade, but he does know his anatomy. This book is easy to understand and makes anatomy a joy.
If you want something more in-depth, buy 'Gray's Anatomy'. If you want something that will teach you the basics of anatomy without anatomical overload, do yourself a favor and buy a copy of 'Human Anatomy Made Amazingly Easy'
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2003
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Christopher Hart's book can be an incredibly good way to begin one's study of anatomy. He describes everything VERY simply...for example the difference in the curvature of the male & female forehead, and the relative thickness of the knuckle parts of the hand. I do not think that this book is meant to be used as the be-all, end-all of one's study of anatomy. But it is extremely readable and makes many significant points that stick in your mind very quickly.
I REALLY wish I had had it in childhood, when I drew & drew & was wishing for instruction. I think that once one has absorbed this book, one is better primed for taking on other, more extensive anatomy books without becoming overwhelmed.
But ultimately, it comes down to your own personal learning style. Some people would prefer to start right away with a very artful and extremely detailed approach. This book is more shorthand, but actually covers many essentials. And for me, this is the book that makes further study accessible. Remember that one could always go deeper & deeper into the study of anatomy, many artists spent their lives on it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
Human Anatomy Made Amazingly Easy is a very good exposition of human anatomy for the illustrator. It includes sections on skeletal structure, musculature, flexation, and how various poses are affect the illustrating of a human figure. This is not a book on how to draw a likeness of someone in particular but a good study on the human body and a foundation of its structure and illustration. If you are looking to draw a likeness then it is still valuable as a basic understanding of anatomy but there are better book choices. While the book is filled with illustrations that are very helpful they often fall just a little short of being as useful as they could be. For example, when drawing the human face it has some good metrics such as noting that when drawing the eyes the distance from one side of the head to the other is approximately the same as five times the width of the eyes, the eyes are approximately in the middle of the head and similar items. Yet it fails to not other very basic items. While it shows that the head is not circular it does not provide any metric for how tall it is in relation to width. Other books note that it is generally about 1.5 times taller than wide. In short it does a good job with what it has in it but just isn't quite as complete as it should be. Still, the book is a good buy for those who are interested in learning underlying anatomy in order to create accurate and detailed illustrations.
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