‘The Art of Animal Drawing’ – Part 2

Pastel Poodles - Lemon

Please note: I am not being paid to review any products or books.

Last month I reviewed Ken Hultgren’s inspiration book, The Art of Animal Drawing: Construction, Action Analysis, Caricature. Since it was the first book I had read on animal animation, I was keen to share my insights about the book before I moved onto this month’s review. It was an excellent introduction into the subject of animal animation. Several artists on Youtube had raved about Terryl Whitlatch’s books, so I thought I would look into them. I was blown away by this Terryl Whitlatch masterpiece: Science of Creature Design – Understanding Animal Anatomy.


Terryl Whitlatch is an incredible artist and creature designer, who studied zoology. She has done concept design work for several big movies.

In this brilliant book, the author explains and illustrates the importance of understanding the skeletal and muscular makeup of animals. She also points out other creature characteristics that had escaped my notice, e.g. The necessity to discern whether an animal is plantigrade (hind soles of feet touching the ground) or digitigrade (hind toes touching the ground); or if the animal has dorsally-located or laterally-located shoulder blades. Wow!

One of the most exciting aspects of Science of Creature Design – Understanding Animal Anatomy is the range of animal anatomy explored, of both extinct and currently surviving species: Mountain Gorilla, Long-Tailed Pangolin, Giant Pangolin, Dogs, Ethiopian Wolf, Spectacled Bear, Giant Short-Faced Bear, Hyena, Domestic Cat, Leopard, Cheetah, Andrewarchus, Eland, Sivatherium, Goat, Elephant, Goldfish, Scorpionfish, Lionfish, Hellbender, Budgerigar, Blue-Footed Booby, Dinosaurs, Horses, Zeuglodon Whale, Bottlenose Whale, Etc.

There are also some interesting notes on how Terryl goes about composing her fantasy creatures.

No matter how much my work improves, there is always further room for development and improvement. I embrace the opportunities to learn from amazing artists on-line and from books. And I have learnt so much from this book. I can’t wait to keep learning and applying what I learn to my work.

I saw this quote on Instagram recently: “Educating yourself does not mean you were stupid in the first place; it means you are intelligent enough to know that there is plenty left to learn.” Melanie Joy, social psychologist and vegan activist.

This book is, without doubt, my favourite art book! Terryl has several other books, and I am pleased to say that next month’s blog will be a review of another her lovely books. Please watch out for this blog. I am so excited to review this book. Needless to say, I intend to purchase more of her books in the future. I don’t even mind paying full price for them! (I usually purchase my books when they are on sale, or even second-hand). 🙂

Here is a link for Amazon listing her books:

So, until next time……

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