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The Art of Animal Drawing: Construction, Action Analysis, Caricature

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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.
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 9th 1993 by Dover Publications
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Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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, ...more
May 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-instruction, own
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
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
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 ...more
Jun 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!!
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 - just needs a reprint and an expanded collection of animals (most of the ones featured were common ones in Disney movies), but this is the best reference on critters I've seen yet. Perfect for animators and illustrators of all kinds.
Colin Reid
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Essential for anyone wanting to add dynamism and action into their animal drawing.
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent and diverse reference.
Sheila Read
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
my dad loves this book he can use it to get designs for his leather.
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Tahlia C
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great reference book for form, action, and figure composition.
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Kenneth Vernon Hultgren was one of the great "animal artists" at Disney in the 1940s. Born in Minneapolis, he studied at the School of Art in his hometown. In 1935 he moved to California to start his artistic career. Soon afterwards, he joined the Disney Studios, where he became one of the best animators. He worked on such productions as 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' and 'Bambi', doing model s ...more

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