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The Art of Animal Character Design Hardcover – Jan 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 174 pages
  • Publisher: David's Doodles (January 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979068606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979068607
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 23.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sketchbook with a lot of tips July 10 2009
By Parka - Published on
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David Colman is a character designer specializing in animals. The Art of Animal Character Design is a sketchbook containing his wonderful caricatured animal designs.

This is not the step-by-step instructional art book. However, it does contain a lot of practical tips and points to look out when drawing animals. He workflow is to observe, to think and then to draw. The emphasis is on thinking and he talks about his thought process for the sketches in the book.

His principle is to draw what the animal is doing and draw the character of the animal, rather than just drawing the animal. To quote from the book, it's to draw the 'verb', not the 'noun'. This is the repeating theme throughout the book, and it shows in his examples.

There are a lot of interesting and useful insights provided. For example, he talks about the need to lock down shapes to preserve design integrity so that the animal is still recognizable. There are also tips on how to improve believability through the application of gravity and forces. Other than just drawing animals, he would also caricature humans into their animal form based on their behaviour. There's also a section on creating imaginary animals.

This book is a very good resource to character designers. It's highly recommended.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the advice that you'll need to make your illustrations interesting Sept. 9 2007
By Chandra Calihan - Published on
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Make no mistake, this is NOT a book that teaches you how to draw. This is for more advanced illustrators. It's simply a guide filled with wonderful examples and text that expresses how you can characterize animals (the same can be applied to people). All these tips and lessons and examples help you see what the artist is trying to tell you. Its a great book to learn from if you're seriously thinking about learning how to cartoon properly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The art of Animal character design by David Colman Jan. 11 2016
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The art of character design is a very nice book,his finished sketchy drawings are good.Its really not worth $40.bucks,but to eachs' own.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book on how to make design better Charactrers. Aug. 14 2008
By zbeast - Published on
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The only reason I'm giving this book 4 starts is that I had to buy it for list.
I hate paying list. but the book is that good it will give you a better
idea of how to make and design better animal characters.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOOK ON CHARACTER DESIGN! May 4 2007
By A Reader From Southern California - Published on
David Colman has just put out an amazing book devoted to a specialized area in art known as "Animal Character Design". The Art of Animal Character Design is a much- needed book for those wanting to unravel the mysteries of good design and animal drawing. Packed with stunning drawings from both his personal sketchbooks and professional assignments, David Colman not only showcases his wonderful zoo sketches and character designs, but also gives us insight on how to go about making them. The book reveals the importance of drawing live models at the zoo and the study of their anatomy in order to get believable character designs no matter how exaggerated. This hardbound edition is beautifully laid out in full color and is a must have for any artist, student or professional, in need of guidance and inspiration in the making of good animal character design.

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