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Re: Um...Pointless stuff

A decent book for learning to fill the basic shapes you're blocking out
WITH anatomical detail is Frank Calderon's ANIMAL PAINTING AND ANATOMY
available from Dover (ISBN 0-486-22523-2).  It's not for kids though.

Another series from Dover is/are the breakdowns of Bridgman's DRAWING
THE HUMAN FIGURE book, all of which show the filling in of anatomy in
perspective around the basic shapes you've blocked your form into. 
(This book has been split into several books based on the original

The principles are exactly the same between a cow, a human being, and a
(and as for action line work, NOTHING beats Heinrich Kley's work,

-Betty Cunningham

David Krentz wrote:
>   Two  books that will really  improve dinosaur drawings are not at all
> dinosaur books. Charles R Knight's Animal Drawing and Jack Hamm's Animal
> Drawing. These are very simple and cheap books, and they teach far more
> important things than drawing scales, they  teach how to break the bodies of
> animals down into basic shapes.  It is unbelievably imperative to understand
> how the simple shapes connect, move, look like in perspective etc.  My second
> year student film at CalArts I did a dinosaur animated short.  To keep the
> albertosaur consistent and animatable from any given angle  I had to first
> draw it in it's simple forms (the head was a cube with a wedge on the end of
> it, the torso was an oval, the hips a big flat square...)  The Chasmosaurus
> head would have literally been impossible it I didn't do the same.  Even the
> pros often can't get ceratopsian head perspective right!  It's hard!
>     Personally, drawing scales and going over skeletons is the easy part.
> Making a believable construction underneath is MORE important than the icing
> on the cake.  It's sort of like trying to make an animal stand without it's
> skeleton.  Practicing with basic shapes will make you more comfortable with
> drawing dinosaurs  from any angle other than just the side view.  I hope I'm
> not to preachy here, and perhaps I'm assuming to much without even seeing
> anyone drawings, but when I finally got past the "line defines the shape"
> phase and entered "shape describes the form" phase my drawings really
> improved!  I had so much fun!  I fell in love with drawing dinosaurs all over
> again.

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