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Animal Anatomy
Instructor:
Marshall Vandruff

In this course, you will learn how to analyze animal forms and reconstruct their basic structures, and then apply that knowledge so you can draw any creature from any angle with or without reference!

BENEFITS INCLUDE
Lifetime course access
Project based training
Community feedback
Email and phone support

What this course will teach you

Professional creature designers frequently use inspiration from animals in nature during the design process. An understanding of animal anatomy will do more than just give you the ability to draw or sculpt animals more accurately. It can dramatically enhance your creature design skills as well. Animal Anatomy with Marshall Vandruff will give you the techniques you’ll need to get started.

The 5 most important lessons:

  1. Understand fundamental and advanced animal anatomy drawing techniques.
  2. Draw anatomically correct animal sculls, necks and torsos.
  3. Understand comparative hindleg and foreleg anatomy.
  4. Understand and properly draw accurate range of motions and forms of animals.
  5. How to draw animal muscle and skeletal structures.
Course Outline
Project 1 : Fundamentals Of Animal Anatomy
Learn the basics of animal anatomy
10 Lectures | 1 Assignment
Lecture 3  18:18
Analysing Form
Lecture 4  26:29
Horses vs Humans
Lecture 5  20:50
Range of Motion
Lecture 6  17:43
Muscles
Lecture 7  11:22
Foreshortening
Lecture 8  13:28
Forms
Lecture 9  07:15
Stages
Lecture 10  05:52
Outro
Assignment
Week 1 Assignment: Draw A Form Analysis
Project 2 : Understanding Animal Torso Anatomy
Learn the differences in torso anatomy between animals
9 Lectures | 1 Assignment
Lecture 1  07:57
Introduction
Lecture 2  15:02
Torso Anatomy Part 1
Lecture 3  17:24
Torso Anatomy Part 2
Lecture 4  16:52
Torso Muscles
Lecture 5  14:04
Multiple Views
Lecture 6  16:46
Forms of the Torso Part 1
Lecture 7  14:41
Forms of the Torso Part 2
Lecture 8  19:42
Forms of the Torso Part 3
Lecture 9  05:51
Outro
Assignment
Week 2 Assignment: Building a Deeper Understanding
Project 3 : Comparative Hindleg Anatomy
Learn the differences in Hind Leg anatomy between animals
8 Lectures | 1 Assignment
Lecture 1  04:17
Introduction
Lecture 2  18:21
Hindleg Bones Part 1
Lecture 3  17:05
Hindleg Bones Part 2
Lecture 4  28:43
Hindleg Mechanics
Lecture 5  16:37
Hindleg Muscles
Lecture 6  10:56
Forms of the Hindleg
Lecture 7  22:32
Form Analysis
Lecture 8  08:19
Outro
Assignment
Assignment 3: Draw the Hind Legs
Project 4 : Comparative Foreleg Anatomy
Learn the differences in foreleg anatomy between animals
8 Lectures | 1 Assignment
Lecture 1  11:51
Introduction
Lecture 2  19:34
Foreleg Bones Part 1
Lecture 3  17:04
Foreleg Bones Part 2
Lecture 4  15:45
Foreleg Mechanics
Lecture 5  24:32
Foreleg Muscles
Lecture 6  23:58
Forms of the Foreleg
Lecture 7  14:41
Form Analysis
Lecture 8  08:04
Outro
Assignment
Assignment 4: Create a Form Analysis Drawing
Project 5 : Learning the Anatomy of Animal Necks
Understand the differences in necks between animals
9 Lectures | 1 Assignment
Lecture 1  03:03
Introduction
Lecture 2
Critique Part 1
Lecture 3
Critique Part 2
Lecture 4  13:33
The Neck Part 1
Lecture 5  18:16
The Neck Part 2
Lecture 6  27:51
Neck Muscles
Lecture 7  10:34
Anatomy as Arcitecture
Lecture 8  13:18
Twisting Neck Forms
Lecture 9  04:36
Outro
Assignment
Assignment 5: Create Simplified Posed Drawings
Project 6 : Animal Skulls
Understand how skulls vary between species
7 Lectures | 1 Assignment
Lecture 1  03:21
Introduction
Lecture 2
Crit part 1
Lecture 3
Crit part 2
Lecture 4
Crit part 3
Lecture 5  24:25
Skull Anatomy
Lecture 6  25:14
Forms of Animal Skulls
Lecture 7  22:50
Book Recommendations
Assignment
Assignment 6: Create a Right Angle Study Drawing
Project 7 : Animal Heads, Features & Faces
Learn to draw anatomically correct animal heads and faces with ease!
8 Lectures | 1 Assignment
Lecture 1  17:35
Introduction
Lecture 2  21:15
Animal Faces
Lecture 3  17:41
Eye Discussion
Lecture 4  15:16
Ears and Muzzles
Lecture 5  14:47
Jaws
Lecture 6  07:35
Blending Facial Forms
Lecture 7  04:41
Perspective Lectures
Lecture 8  05:32
Breaking Down Complex Forms
Assignment
Assignment 7: Head Form Studies and Final Illustration
Project 8 : Critiques
7 Lectures
Lecture 1
Final Crit Part 1
Lecture 2
Final Crit Part 2
Lecture 3
Final Crit Part 3
Lecture 4
Final Crit Part 4
Lecture 5
Final Crit Part 5
Lecture 6
Final Crit Part 6
Lecture 7
Final Crit Part 7
Benefits

The 4 most important lessons

How to identify similarities & differences between human & animal anatomy.
How to incorporate the connection between bone structure & movement in design.
How to accurately represent animal anatomy from any angle.
And so much more!
Student Projects
FAQ
What are the requirements?
System Requirements: Windows(R) 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server; Mac OS(R) X 10.6 or newer; iPhone(R), iPad(R), Android(TM) phone or Android tablet
Who should take this course?
This is a beginner level course. No previous experience or knowledge of animal anatomy or drawing is required.
Can I download the lectures?
Absolutely. You have lifetime access to all your course content, which includes both streaming and downloadable course video lectures.

About the instructor

Marshall was born near Disneyland and never moved from southern California. He fell in love with children's book images when he was a child, with MAD Magazine, monsters, psychedelic art, and comics when he was an adolescent, and with classic illustration when he was in college. He has never outgrown those loves. In the 1970's he studied advertising Illustration at Fullerton Community College and learned enough craft to earn a living as an illustrator for over twenty years. In 1984, he began teaching at FC part-time for the fun of it. Eventually, it segued into a career as a teacher. For thirty years He's taught in college classrooms and seen students develop careers, many of them more successful than mine. Now he gets to teach all over the world from where he lives, thrilled to be in classes with an online wave of talented students who want to excel in their craft.