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Anatomy for Fantasy Artists : An Essential Guide to Creating Action Figures and Fantastical Forms

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An indispensable guide for anyone interested in improving and developing their fantasy art figures.


Fantasy artists are unlikely to use models to draw from life but, to be successful, their creations must have a grounding in reality. This book by successful comic and fantasy artist Glenn Fabry, teaches you the principles of anatomy, from musculature and skeletal structure through to movement.



You can then develop your artistic style by breaking and bending the rules of anatomy through practical exercises and demonstrations, accompanied by incredible finished artworks. The step-by-step exercises help you to fully understand the subtle movements that combine to create expressions, and the flowing movements that constitute actions.



Anatomy for Fantasy Artists trains you in creating professional quality illustrations for comic book art, graphic novels, fantasy posters, sci-fi book covers and illustrations, and even computer games. In this book you will find valuable instruction from experts in the field, expanded from the original edition with additional pages that feature many more how-to, step-by-step illustrations.



Instruction starts with the basics of human anatomical drawing and musculature, facial expressions, hands and body language, and then follows with a review of the principles of perspective and composition. Subsequent sections instruct on ways to distort, develop, and transform the human figure, giving it features that range from monstrous or magical to super-agile or larger than life, including dynamic poses for superheroes and villans, as well as fantasy female poses.



Detailed artist's references and step-by-step instructions show how to build bodies that truly stretch the imagination. You also learn how to render characters in many different dynamic action poses, such as flying, spinning, punching, and jumping, as well as how to express each character's emotions through facial expressions. The cast of characters includes wizards, ogres, werewolves, winged avengers, goblins, aliens, enchantresses, barbarians, robots and more.



Author Glenn Fabry is a successful comic book and fantasy artist who has spent many years working in this field including work for both DC and Marvel Comics. Through his professional experience he has honed his skills, which he generously shares in this book, alongside professional artists Michael Cunningham and Ben Cormac.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 215 x 280mm
  • Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 257 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1446308960
  • 9781446308967

Table of contents

Preface 6


Drawing styles 8


Section one


Fantasy artist's master class 14


Human skeleton 16


Human musculature 20


Facial expressions 24


Expressive hands 26


Body language 28


Clothing the figure 30


Character and body types 32


Understanding light 34


Practicing drawing and sketching 38


Getting inspiration 46


Artist at work 48


Section two


Figure reference file 54


Classic figure drawing poses 56


Classic details: upper body 60


Classic details: lower body 64


Superhero and villain poses 68


Female fantasy poses 86


Section three


Cast of characters 96


Sven the barbarian 98


Sonia the adventurer 102


Myrddin the wizard 106


Charybdis the alien female 110


Mk2 the robotic female 114


Circea the enchantress 118


Brutus the hulk 122


Hermia the winged avenger 126


Sovann the werewolf 130


Mu the fat man 134


The barber's daughter 138


Grenvil the comic sidekick 142


Orin the ogre 146


Gobbo the goblin 150


Kyvar the lizard 154







Index 158


Credits 160
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About Glenn Fabry

Glenn Fabry is a British comics and fantasy artist known for his detailed, realistic work in both ink and painted colour. His notable works include Slaine (2000AD), and Preacher (Vertigo) as well as numerous comics and covers for DC and Marvel Comics, including Thor, Batman, Judge Dredd and Hellblazer. In 1995 he won the Eisner Award for Best Cover Art.
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