People, if you want to learn anatomy, look at anatomy books. Or draw real people. People are everywhere.
Oh deviantart, your ads make me question you so much…
I was looking forward to this book until i saw Scott Campbell was going to be participating in it
My problem is not with the artists. Their style is their style, and whether people have their own problems with how a certain person renders/draws, that’s up to them.
I’m more confounded that they’re trying to tout this as a foundation of anatomy. If you want to learn how to draw lions, tigers, and bears, you’re more than likely not going to use style-ized images like Simba, Tigger, or Yogi bear as an example from which to start. You’d probably look at pictures of real animals. Same thing with human anatomy. If you want to learn human anatomy, look at actual human anatomy. Look at your friends, yourself in the mirror. Flex your arms, and bend your fingers!
“Master of Anatomy: The Ideal Male and Female, is a one-of-a-kind collection of artistic anatomy bringing together the work over 100 artists from different industries. Each artist recreates the Ideal Male and Female illustrated in their own signature style and without the aid of external reference. Each angle is neutral, symmetrical and un-posed showing the front, side and 3/4 front angles as a classic animation turn-around. The goal: to translate a decades-old sketch into something more relevant to a modern aesthetic. The result is a volume unlike anything that exists today. A must have for any aspiring artist; digital or traditional.”
There are no must-haves if you want to get better at drawing. None. All you need is a writing utensil and something to draw on. (when I was young, my drawing canvas were the walls. Luckily, I have transferred to paper.)
The biggest problem with most artistic anatomy books is that there is only one contributing artist.
… That’s a problem?
He or she is trying to appeal to the broadest market possible which makes “popular” or “experimental” anatomy too financially risky to publish. This diminishes the concept of inventive design and it makes it impossible to compare the work of various artists. In the end your left with a heavy volume where only a handful of pages are of any real use. That’s why we hired 100 artists to produce over 200 unique characters in the 3 most helpful angles - there is something new and beautiful ON EACH PAGE!!!”
This seems like a fun book of people’s different adaptations of what they think of an “ideal” woman and man are, but that’s what it is. A compilation of ideals.
This book’s main focus is on style not anatomy. Because it is referring to ideals, I have a feeling that you might not see any children or babies, old people or fat people.Will there be people of different races or ethnicities? Will there be aliens? People with four arms, people with scaly skin? People with tattoos and piercings? Who knows?
Think of this book like a compilation book of cars. You have a book full of different brands (artists) and all the cars are displayed so that you see them, side, front, 3/4 etc (no rear or 3/4 rear). They all look great, beautifully photographed, but it doesn’t tell you a damned thing on how to draw/drive/fix a car.
And what’s this? They’re all sports cars? That’s cool, nothing wrong with that. But what about the other types of vehicles? Minivans, coupes, sedans, trucks, exotics, semis, concept, hatches, city cars, luxury, muscle, limos, or crossovers? What if the cars were rusty, crushed, or hobbled together? What if they had no wheels or maybe had eight? Hell, why not throw a motorcycle or a bike in there.
Anyways, besides the car analogy, this book sounds really cool. There’s nothing wrong with style, but when something like this, (full of pages of the same three poses) is touted as next level anatomy learning, or something to which the masses have never quite seen before, I can’t help but side eye like these animals here.
I am not criticizing these artists, the kickstarter contributors, or any future person who buys this book. I’m also not denying the value that this book could have for a person. I myself love compilation books, but if you’re an aspiring artist trying to learn anatomy, there are tons of other options, in print and online. It’s already been funded, so if you like non-color turnarounds, and want to see examples of what model sheets (albeit with no 3/4 rear or rear) look like, this sounds super awesome.