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"You'll learn everything there is to learn about drawing animals." — Collectors' Corner 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, act "You'll learn everything there is to learn about drawing animals." — Collectors' Corner 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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"You'll learn everything there is to learn about drawing animals." — Collectors' Corner 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, act "You'll learn everything there is to learn about drawing animals." — Collectors' Corner 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.

30 review for The Art of Animal Drawing: Construction, Action Analysis, Caricature

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth

    I have a number of books about how to draw animals on my shelves, but this one stands a cut above the rest. Having been a senior animator for Disney in animation's golden age, Hultgren has a mastery of expressive motion that imbues even his least cartoony renderings with a personality and liveliness that are unusual in a genre where critters are much more likely to appear taxidermically stuffed. Like a skilled caricaturist, he hones in on the essence of what makes a horse horselike, for example, I have a number of books about how to draw animals on my shelves, but this one stands a cut above the rest. Having been a senior animator for Disney in animation's golden age, Hultgren has a mastery of expressive motion that imbues even his least cartoony renderings with a personality and liveliness that are unusual in a genre where critters are much more likely to appear taxidermically stuffed. Like a skilled caricaturist, he hones in on the essence of what makes a horse horselike, for example, and how it moves and behaves in its peculiarly equine fashion. Well worth having and studying.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    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. 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    翰林院编修

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 动物画技法 9.4 (91人评价) [美] 赓·赫尔脱格仑 / 付启源 / 人民美术出版社 / 1977 1958年夏,蓝犁在书店发现了一本新书:美国画家赓·赫尔脱格仑的《动物画技法》。他爱不释手,但家里一贫如洗。12岁的他就在重庆北碚嘉陵江边挑铁矿,个头小,又没有锻...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    This book is full of great information and wonderful to look at, and it's unique for its emphasis on exaggeration and caricature. It helped me a lot with my gesture and motion drawings and with learning to get more character into a sketch. My only issue; this book kind of implies that each section is divided into "realistic" and "caricature". Actually, all of the drawings some level of exaggeration, including the skeletons and diagrams showing motion of the legs. Many of the animals are depicted This book is full of great information and wonderful to look at, and it's unique for its emphasis on exaggeration and caricature. It helped me a lot with my gesture and motion drawings and with learning to get more character into a sketch. My only issue; this book kind of implies that each section is divided into "realistic" and "caricature". Actually, all of the drawings some level of exaggeration, including the skeletons and diagrams showing motion of the legs. Many of the animals are depicted (very convincingly) in positions that are impossible in real life. Again, this is actually the book's strength - it was written by an incredible animation artist who used this kind of exaggeration to get tons of character into his work, and it's fantastic if that's what you want to do. But if you're looking for realism or detailed anatomy, this is not the right book for you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stina

    I'm glad I bought it. It's a pretty cheap book to come by online, and worth it to have a quick reference of basic anatomy for several animals. Plus the illustrations (759 of them, says the cover) are lovely and offer some wonderful inspiration for dynamic poses. They convey weight and sense of motion very well. There are more pages dedicated to horses than to the other animals, but there's a nice variety in the rest. Plenty of deer, cats (domestic and a few different big cats) cattle, foxes, rab I'm glad I bought it. It's a pretty cheap book to come by online, and worth it to have a quick reference of basic anatomy for several animals. Plus the illustrations (759 of them, says the cover) are lovely and offer some wonderful inspiration for dynamic poses. They convey weight and sense of motion very well. There are more pages dedicated to horses than to the other animals, but there's a nice variety in the rest. Plenty of deer, cats (domestic and a few different big cats) cattle, foxes, rabbits, bear, and more "odd fauna" like kangaroos and giraffes get a few pages too. The dogs included are nice but with all the vast differences in breeds the selection is limited to a few extreme types. This book is not heavy in text but the advice it does provide is helpful.

  6. 4 out of 5

    TheLimpidLine

    Great book and not your basic "how to draw book." This is a book for a person who has clear understandings of form, perspective, etc. I would have liked to have had some of the forms expanded and maybe even a book covering one or two animals at a time as a companion(s) to this one. This book covers basic anatomy, forms, realistic proportion, gesture. It also has small sections on exaggeration and cartooning. Great book and not your basic "how to draw book." This is a book for a person who has clear understandings of form, perspective, etc. I would have liked to have had some of the forms expanded and maybe even a book covering one or two animals at a time as a companion(s) to this one. This book covers basic anatomy, forms, realistic proportion, gesture. It also has small sections on exaggeration and cartooning.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    While the last page of each section was useless for me, leaning as it does towards the overly-simplified cartoon, the basic sections on each animal are quite useful and dynamic. The whole of this text is more on the graphic/cartoon side, but by and large the simplifications are useful; combined with some other anatomy books and/or photographs, one could learn quite a lot from this volume.

  8. 4 out of 5

    jamez

    This book is a favorite on my shelf. Being an animal artist, it helped me learn basic anatomy. It also has a very good chapter on horses and not many animal drawing books will focus on equines. That's a plus for me! The author also worked for Disney so, he knows what he is talking about!! This book is a favorite on my shelf. Being an animal artist, it helped me learn basic anatomy. It also has a very good chapter on horses and not many animal drawing books will focus on equines. That's a plus for me! The author also worked for Disney so, he knows what he is talking about!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Colin Reid

    Essential for anyone wanting to add dynamism and action into their animal drawing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lionel

    Excellent and diverse reference.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Read

    my dad loves this book he can use it to get designs for his leather.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Helpful and well-stated. I do wish more space were dedicated to general process than specific species, but only because the process is so concise.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tahlia C

    This is a great reference book for form, action, and figure composition.

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    Blue

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