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The Art of Animal Drawing: Construction, Action Analysis, Caricature (Dover Art Instruction) Paperback – February 9, 1993


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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Art Instruction
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition edition (February 9, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486274268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486274263
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is perhaps one of the best animal drawing books I've ever seen.
Jeffrey Liu
This book shows how to draw a wide variety of animals and also covers the basic muscle and skeletal structures of the various animals.
Emily Hurst
I would recommend this to anyone who is serious about learning to draw animals!
Bradley G.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Tobe on March 1, 2002
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Originally published in 1950, these drawings remind me
of the old Disney cartoon classics animals. Ken's animals
express emotions, movement, and come to life. Ken keeps
writing to a minimum, sharing excellent insights and tips;
while the majority of the book speaks for itself in his
drawings. I found this book to be truly helpful in
improving my own animal drawings. His insights can be
very useful, and solved some problems for me. His drawings
range from very simple to very impressive work. This is
definitely a book worth studying.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By W. M. Hall on April 2, 2007
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This book is somewhere right between a "How to Draw Animals" book and a detailed anatomy book. It gives you the basics of the muscles for each animal in beautiful, dynamic sketches that take you from drawing static (but proportional) animals to leaping, rolling, fighting animals. If you're really serious, you'll still need a more detailed anatomy book, but for movement (especially of horses and deer and their running patterns) this one is awesome. Just a warning though, the section on dogs is awesome but smaller than the horses, the section on cats is extensive but focuses mostly on big cats, and the section on wolves/foxes/wild dogs is pretty brief - much more of the book is spent on the larger herbivores and some less commonly studied animals like kangaroos, camels, rabbits, and a big section on bears.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mike S. on February 19, 2006
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I just recently got this book and I must admit, as a graphic designer, this book is quite helpful with learning more of the different animals' anatomy and structure but the only negative thing I can say is that it could be even more helpful if it had more words in it to go along with the images he shows you. Adding some instructions would help a long ways to showing a person how he got to each image. But all in all, it's very helpful.

Mike Sexton,

Owner, Birdman's Designs
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2000
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Are you tired of drawing animals that seem flat and lifeless? Then this book is definately for you. Ken Hultgren does more than merely teach you to draw, he teaches you how to draw with the illusion of movement, and how to put life into the image.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 2000
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Excellent guide for sketching animals....great attention to the ever popular art subject...the horse. PLUS!....some outstanding techniques for the big cats !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cccc on June 29, 2009
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A very skilled artist shares some of his thoughts. A lot of emphasis on usage of anatomy to improve best, and also how to make your drawings more interesting. There is a few sequence drawings, too. One in which a horse jumps and tumble, a deer jumping, a deer walking, etc. Many pictures whowing the bone structure under all the meat. Would've liked the amazing artist to share some more words- but overall a very helpful book! Take notice he focus' mostly on mammals, but the same skills can be applied to other animals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin Cote on May 28, 2010
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If you want to learn to draw animals from memory, that's the book to get. I bought a couple others books on the subject since, but i always come back to this one. I find this book the equivalent of the Andrew Loomis series for human anatomy.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2004
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This is one of the best books I have found on animal drawing. The caricature sections are one of the highlights of this book because the author is a former Walt Disney artist. Highly recommended!
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