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

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This thoughtful and incisive guidebook, written by a former animator for Walt Disney Studios, will help artists at many skill levels improve their ability to draw a wide variety of animal forms both realistically and as caricatures.
You'll learn why the author considers construction, action analysis, and caricature all-important for a clear understanding of animal anatomy and movement. You'll also benefit from Mr. Hultgren's expert
advice and tips on catching the essential movement and character of animals and avoiding the stiff, wooden poses that are the frequent and unfortunate result of much sketching of animals from life. Throughout, the emphasis is on construction drawings (there are over 700 line illustrations and halftones) rather than on text. This means the student is able to view the development process of the drawing by example rather than theory or description.
The book begins with introductory chapters on the special techniques of drawing animals, the use of line, establishing mood and feeling, conveying action, and brush techniques. Mr. Hultgren then turns to individual animal forms—horses, deer, cats, cows and bulls, giraffes, camels, gorillas, pigs, and many more. His instruction on animal caricature will be especially valuable to the legions of artists avidly interested in the subject.
The Art of Animal Drawing belongs in the library of any artist—student, amateur, or professional—who is interested in drawing animals.
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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: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 44 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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29 of 29 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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24 of 26 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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20 of 21 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 14 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LMoore on April 12, 2014
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I love this book because Mr. Hultgren had a lot of artistic skill. However, the instruction is a bit lacking because he has so much in this book. I would have preferred less of his finished drawings and more step by step.
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