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Drawing Cutting Edge Anatomy: The Ultimate Reference Guide for Comic Book Artists Paperback – 1 October 2004
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- Publisher : Watson-Guptill; First edition (1 October 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0823023982
- ISBN-13 : 978-0823023981
- Item Weight : 476 g
- Dimensions : 21.72 x 1.02 x 27.94 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Best Sellers Rank: #105,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book tells what to do but not how.
To get the most out of this book you must have some prior knowledge about anatomy or you would have to read this book more than 3 to 4 times in detail
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With that said, I can't recommend this book for beginning artists, but for intermediate/ approaching professional level artists.
This is going to be a very useful reference book, it is likely the best that I own to date.
It's also worth nothing that in spite of it's name, this isn't just for prospect comic book artists, but any illustrator.
I own books by artists such as George Bridgman, Burne Hogarth, Andrew Loomis, and many others.
I've also practised my illustration like in the teachings of George Vilppu.
If you're not familiar with any of those guys, I highly recommend you pick up one of their books first, as it will give you a stronger fundament to work from.
Specifically before picking this book up, you're going to want to be familiar with figure-drawing in 3d space and the larger muscle groups of the body previously.
When you're at the point that you're already familiar with how the body looks like, functions like, but you need an easy way of knowing how to depict the body's appearance on the surface, buy this book. You can't go wrong.
As with any other artbook you're not after copying the artist/ doing by example exactly what the artist is doing.
The artwork and explanations presented serve as a good depiction of surface anatomy, and guide, in that it provides solutions to a lot of problems one might encounter in trying to illustrate a human body.
In conclusion: provided that you already have some anatomy & figure drawing knowledge, this is a really good reference book and I highly recommend it for any illustrator of any kind.
Some might argue that the depictions of women in the book is done in bad taste.
I'm a bit jaded so it isn't really a problem for me, however, I suggest that you try to look past that - because the book is very useful.
Better yet, make up your own mind and depict your characters like you want them to look like, after you've obtained the knowledge and skill to do so. The book will help you get there.
Also it doesn't matter if you work primarily in digital or traditional - the book benefits you equally.
"I know what's most important to most of you, like me, is to find out what the book actually contains. It covers the skeleton, muscles (both in great detail), poses, the postures of different ages, very different body shapes, action poses, lighting. Then it starts to focus in closely on the face and head in general, moving around the body in sections (i.e. torso, back, arms, etc). Most sections are broken down into structure, then male and female examples, and then examples in motion.
What's not clear is what exactly makes these character models cutting edge. Also, it's strictly the form of the body and nothing else, like clothing on the body. However, as a reference guide, there are plenty of examples to sketch from with logical progression in each section and reference back to the starting ideas. Even as a complete novice I found this to be very useful."