Anatomy for Fantasy Artists

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 280 x 12.7mm | 657.71g
  • Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 257 Illustrations, unspecified; 257 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1446308960
  • 9781446308967
  • 2,575,389

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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