1st Edition

Force: Animal Drawing
Animal locomotion and design concepts for animators

ISBN 9780240814353
Published May 5, 2011 by Routledge
222 Pages 50 Color Illustrations

USD $38.95

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Book Description

Many artists are unsure how to bridge the gap between the many basic 'how to draw' books and the more advanced ones dealing with the esoteric details of composition, perspective and anatomy. Force: Animal Drawing is the comprehensive guide to developing artistic animals that are creative, dynamic and anatomical, bridging the gap between foundational art and advanced techniques. Artists and animators alike all find animal inspiration when animating characters- be they human or inhuman. For a unique 'larger than life' character, readers will learn to apply the unique facets of animal movement, locomotion, expressions, facial features, physical build and personality to their traditional and digital art. Readers will also adapt key industry tricks and techniques to personify animal animations with key characteristics of a human's face. Explore the practical application of force theories and learn from today's leading character designers with the included artist interviews and an extended video tutorial via www.drawingforce.com.

Table of Contents



Key Concepts

FORCE: Line is an ideal

Forceful shape

Chapter 01 The FORCE Animal Shape

Step One

Step Two

Step Three

Step Four

The Big Reveal!


Chapter 02 Plantigrade Animals (Slow Land Animals)







Chapter 03 Digitigrade Animals (Intermediate-speed Land Animals)





Chapter 04 Unguligrade Animals (Fast Land Animals)

Odd-toed Ungulates




Even-toed Ungulates







Chapter 05 Animal Design

the Law of Thirds


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Michael Mattesi has authored four FORCE books, published in numerous languages, utilized around the world to inspire and educate artists on the concept of FORCE. He has instructed FORCE Drawing for over twenty years and inspired thousands of artists.

Simultaneously, Michael has been contributing his skills as a professional artist on numerous award-winning projects in varied capacities and has collaborated with Pixar, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Consumer Products, Marvel Comics, Hasbro Toys, ABC, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, DreamWorks/PDI, Zynga, The School of Visual Arts, Beijing University, Art Center, Scuola Internazionale di Comics, San Jose State University, The Academy of Art University, Nickelodeon, LeapFrog and many others. Michael’s students occupy all fields of the art industry and have themselves gained prestige for their abilities.

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"I have been illustrating professionally for 15 years. I am self taught, meaning I rely upon books and advice from peers. I've always noticed there was some elusive thin that was usually missing from my figure drawings that made them less dynamic. Burne Hogarth's books were very helpful but they didn't teach me how to get into the Flow. How to them them Go Pow! This book gives you the direction to feel out these forces and shapes. I used to think that these things couldn't be taught. When Mr. Mattesi's lessons click in your brain, you are truly feeling this power. For me, as an animator, it makes all the difference in the world."--Brian Leblanc