Book Review: The Weatherly Guide to Drawing Animals

Book Review: The Weatherly Guide to Drawing Animals

The Weatherly Guide to Drawing Animals is a very useful book for anyone learning to draw animals. It's filled with lively examples and short concise tips on approaches to drawing animals.

This book emphasizes and teaches solid drawing principles, which in this case are action, construction and anatomy. In more detail, Joe Weatherly covers gesture drawing, capturing expressions, animal structure (muscle groups and skeletons examples provided!) and form. Also included is a list of animals with note on how what to look out for specifically, for example the differences between cattle, carnivores and herbivores, etc.

The plenty of lively and dynamic animal sketches provided just goes to show the many possibilities and ways to put life into animals.

It's interesting to note that these principles taught here are similar to those you learn for human figure drawing, just applied to animal drawing. Goes to show that good art principles are pretty much universal and can be applied easily to other subjects.

This book represents years of experience and knowledge on animal drawings. Highly recommended.

The other books you should check out on animal drawings are Animal Essence: The Art of Joe Weatherly and Anatomy Drawing School: Human, Animal, Comparative Anatomy.

You can check out more art from Joe Weatherly at www.joeweatherly.net.

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Hi, excuse me for writing

Hi, excuse me for writing this here but I wanted you to read this and help me:

I saw here your review of Makoto Shinkai's The sky of the longing for memories artbook. I've heard that there are two versions of the same book, an original japanese and a hongkong rescaned one. The one you had in your hands was the original or the rescaned one? Can you tell me if you are aware of any differences between those two regarding the quality of the print and if there indeed are any differences?
I want to buy one and I don't know what to choose.

Thank you
Augustin

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