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

The Art of Animal Drawing Construction Action Analysis Caricature You ll learn everything there is to learn about drawing animals Collectors CornerThis thoughtful and incisive guidebook written by a former animator for Walt Disney Studios will help artists at many

  • Title: The Art of Animal Drawing: Construction, Action Analysis, Caricature
  • Author: Ken Hultgren
  • ISBN: 9780486274263
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
  • You ll learn everything there is to learn about drawing animals Collectors CornerThis 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 You ll learn why the author considers construction, act You ll learn everything there is to learn about drawing animals Collectors CornerThis 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 You ll learn why the author considers construction, action analysis, and caricature all important for a clear understanding of animal anatomy and movement You ll also benefit from Mr Hultgren s expert advice and tips on catching the essential movement and character of animals and avoiding the stiff, wooden poses that are the frequent and unfortunate result of much sketching of animals from life Throughout, the emphasis is on construction drawings there are over 700 line illustrations and halftones rather than on text This means the student is able to view the development process of the drawing by example rather than theory or description The book begins with introductory chapters on the special techniques of drawing animals, the use of line, establishing mood and feeling, conveying action, and brush techniques Mr Hultgren then turns to individual animal forms horses, deer, cats, cows and bulls, giraffes, camels, gorillas, pigs, and many His instruction on animal caricature will be especially valuable to the legions of artists avidly interested in the subject.The Art of Animal Drawing belongs in the library of any artist student, amateur, or professional who is interested in drawing animals.

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  • Ken Hultgren

    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 sheets and layouts Bambi also became Hultgren s first work in comics he illustrated the comic adaptation in 1942 He also did some other stories with characters from the movie His craftmanship on comics was noticed by art director Carl Buettner, who assigned Hultgren to illustrate four Mickey Mouse comics In addition, Hultren illustrated the very first Panchito strip.Hultgren was part of the Sangor Studios, that, in addition to their production for Disney, provided comics to Warner Bros, Screen Gems and MGM Specialized in drawing humanized animals, Hultgren illustrated such titles as The Duke and the Dope , Robespierre , Hopalong Hoppity , Izzy Dizzy and Uncle Pigly from 1943 to 1949 When the Sangor Studios folded in 1949, Hultgren created The Art of Animal Drawing at McGraw Hill publishers.From 1955 to 1957 he was back at Disney as an animator The following two years, he worked on the Mickey Mouse daily comic From 1955 to 1962 he also worked for Archie Comics and several syndicates, doing among others a Flintstones comic At the same time, Hultgren remained active as an animator Mr Magoo , Popeye , The Archie Show Ken Hultgren died in 1968.

  • 607 Comments

  • 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, [...]


  • 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 [...]


  • 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 [...]


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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!!


  • 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.




  • 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.



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