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 Post subject: Recommendations: Anatomy reference books w/ dynamic poses?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:31 pm 
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I've tasked myself with drawing every night for at least 15-30 mins to get my skills up to par for when I start on the graphic novel I've been planning for way too long now.

My main problem is that I need some reference poses to draw from, specifically really dynamic action poses. I have Sarah Simblet's Anatomy for the Artist, which I think is great, but it doesn't have a lot of comic-y, action-y photos.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good source for this sort of book? Or even just an idea of where else to ask this type of question?

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations: Anatomy reference books w/ dynamic pose
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:59 pm 
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What kind of graphic novel? If you mean manga style, I know the "How to Draw Manga" series has one on Anatomy and Bodies (as well as another one on battles, it's a huge series covering most aspects of the art

http://www.amazon.com/How-Draw-Manga-Bo ... 93&sr=8-31

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations: Anatomy reference books w/ dynamic pose
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:04 pm 
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The common thought is that once you get anatomy down really well, you don't need to see such specific reference. You could look at anyone and be able to draw them in any position. I would recommend keep studying out of the tried and true artists anatomy books, masters books, etc. Do musculature studies, skeletal studies...

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations: Anatomy reference books w/ dynamic pose
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:40 pm 
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This is the one that I used to see a lot in art school - http://www.amazon.com/Dynamic-Figure-Dr ... 0823015777

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations: Anatomy reference books w/ dynamic pose
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:57 pm 
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The local comic shop here has a section of artist books, including some with a lot of VERY dynamic poses-- you know, flying, punching, that kind of thing. That sort of place might be a good place to start looking, or a good thing to search for.

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 Post subject: Re: Recommendations: Anatomy reference books w/ dynamic pose
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:34 pm 
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Thanks, everyone!

Like Mars recommended, I'm definitely working on anatomy, both drawing and studying how things connect, etc. I have a couple great drawing instruction books, but what I'm looking for is also more along the lines of what solipsistnation mentioned. I have no idea why it never occurred to me to go to a comic shop to look for something like this, so thanks for that rec.

Shanti: thanks for the rec. I'm not envisioning something in a manga style for what I have in mind, but I read about that book and it looks like it would be really helpful regardless.

And vegimator: thanks for that specific reference, I will definitely pick up a copy of that book as well.

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