Author(s): Gottfried Bammes
This fantastic book is all you need if you want to start drawing animals, or if you want to develop your drawing skills. It is both the ultimate reference book and an inspirational guide, providing expert guidance on all aspects of drawing animals - including size, proportion, perspective, anatomy, skeletal structure and musculature. The book goes into great detail, and provides numerous diagrams as well as drawings in a range of styles and rendered in a variety of different drawing media including pencil, charcoal, pastels and inks. A huge range of animals is included, from dogs, horses and cats to tigers, elephants, camels and apes, so whatever animal you are interested in, this book will enable you to capture its essence down to the last hoof or paw.
This is a weighty and impressive tome that is, I think, more likely to appeal to the serious, maybe even semi-professional artist than to the beginner. To be fair to it, it makes no claim to be an introduction. The first thing that strikes you, looking through it, is how few actual complete drawings there are and that, for the most part. those you get are very loose and quite sketchy. Again, this isn't a book that aims to impress by wizardry. Rather, it's a comprehensive and progressive guide that proceeds by looking at structure and anatomy - differences between, say, herbivores and carnivores come as sub-headings in chapters such as The Hindquarters. Based on a German original, the book has quite a literal approach, but is invaluable if you want to get the details of your work absolutely correct and it's something to be worked through rather than dipped into. Used in this way, it could keep you occupied for anything up to a year and leave you very proficient indeed at the end. Whether you think it's for you very much depends on whether you want such an exhaustive (and potentially exhausting) approach. It's pretty much one of a kind and certainly not for the faint-hearted. If you're of sterner stuff, though, I think you could love it.-Artbookreview.net
Gottfried Bammes, born in 1920 in Freital, Germany, worked as an art teacher at the College of Fine Arts in Dresden. Bammes was a prolific writer and artist, was considered to be a master of life drawing and anatomy,and produced numerous books on the subject in his lifetime. In 1974 he was awarded the National Prize of the German Democratic Republic for Science and Technology and received the Culture and Art Prize of the City of Freital in 2000. He died in 2007.