- Series: Force Drawing Series
- Paperback: 222 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (May 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240814355
- ISBN-13: 978-0240814353
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Force: Animal Drawing: Animal locomotion and design concepts for animators (Force Drawing Series) 1st Edition
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"I have been illustrating professionally for 15 years. I am self taught, meaning I rely upon books and advice from peers. I've always noticed there was some elusive thin that was usually missing from my figure drawings that made them less dynamic. Burne Hogarth's books were very helpful but they didn't teach me how to get into the Flow. How to them them Go Pow! This book gives you the direction to feel out these forces and shapes. I used to think that these things couldn't be taught. When Mr. Mattesi's lessons click in your brain, you are truly feeling this power. For me, as an animator, it makes all the difference in the world."--Brian Leblanc
About the Author
Michael Mattesi has authored four FORCE books, published in numerous languages, utilized around the world to inspire and educate artists on the concept of FORCE. He has instructed FORCE Drawing for over twenty years and inspired thousands of artists.
Simultaneously, Michael has been contributing his skills as a professional artist on numerous award-winning projects in varied capacities and has collaborated with Pixar, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Consumer Products, Marvel Comics, Hasbro Toys, ABC, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, DreamWorks/PDI, Zynga, The School of Visual Arts, Beijing University, Art Center, Scuola Internazionale di Comics, San Jose State University, The Academy of Art University, Nickelodeon, LeapFrog and many others. Michael’s students occupy all fields of the art industry and have themselves gained prestige for their abilities.
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The author's approach is to translate his method for drawing humans into drawing animals rather than starting fresh. Mattesi's basic principles of hierarchy and forceful drawing are outlined in the opening pages, but I'd recommend you read the original Force before taking on this one.
The variety of animals depicted is quite good, especially for a book focusing more on basic forms rather than specific details. The book is divided into the three major structural groups; starting with plantigrade animals, which are built most like humans, following to digitigrades and ungulates.
The book is very mammal-centric, however there is a fair sized section on birds and a sole drawing of a lizard gets thrown in for good measure. The drawings range from realistic to exaggerated in design, while all in the dynamic style of the series. The book ends with a gallery of the author's more artistic examples and even has color plate versions in the back.
Mattesi's books are a must-have for anyone who wields a pencil. I'd love to have a shelf full of these blue books handling the various aspects of forceful figure drawing. This third book in the series is a big step in that direction.
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It was especially good pared with other Force drawing books that explain the method more in...Read more