Freaks!: How to Draw Fantastic Fantasy Creatures (Fantastic Fantasy Comics) (Paperback)~ Steve Miller
For everyone who wants to learn how to draw animal/human hybrids this is a fantastic book for reference! I will warn you I do not think this book is for beginners. The techniques are a bit more advanced, but if you have a basic understanding of drawing human anatomy then this is a good step in a different direction. You will more than likely need other books of reference for animal features. For the fans who have been buying the Drawing Manga series and who are wanting to learn to draw the Cat-people this is a perfect book.
The Cat-people section is simply amazing! This book touches on the Manga style a little but it is primarily a book more in the American style of comic art. There are many different animal-human hybrids in this book. Ranging from domestic and predatory cats, domestic and wild dogs/wolves, lizard/reptiles, insects, elephants, primates and a whole other myriad of human/animal combinations. If you are a fan of mutants, lycanthrops and other strange things I definately recommend this book to everyone!
Please remember though, this is not a book for beginners, it’s a good reference point for the intermediate and advanced artists, but even if you are a beginner it’s worth the money either way!
Devoted to the serious depictions of anthropomorphic characters, Freaks! covers the entire range of animal people and explores all its possibilities. Hundreds of illustrations depict subjects that include basic human and animal anatomies, cat people, dog people, wolf people, feathered freaks, bat people, reptilian creatures, predators of the deep, primates, insect people, elephant man, rhino man, hippo lady, and much more. This drawing guide demonstrates the wide range of this popular genre of illustrative art and the techniques needed to create these fantastic fantasy creatures. Artists will find inspiration for creating such characters as creatures from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, C. S. Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles, or the characters from Planet of the Apes and Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Brett Booth (Spider-Man, X-Men, and Fantastic Four),
Mitch Byrd (Green Lantern), and
Todd Nauck (Teen Titans and Spider-Man)
The launch of a new series on drawing fantastic characters and creatures
The influx of animal/human characters into popular culture is at an all-time high
From the lead designer of Microsoft’s X-Box game Monster Truck Mash
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