Powered by Modular Merchant Shopping Cart Software
View Large Image

Introduction to Animal Anatomy

with Marshall Vandruff

Sample Clip

This comprehensive introduction to animal anatomy is for artists who want to draw authentic-looking animals from their imagination. Marshall demonstrates that the core of this skill is in knowing animal bones and muscles, constructing them as three-dimensional forms, and practicing these disciplines until they become easy enough to let your impulses take over. He uses hundreds of drawings to show the major components of various animals, how their anatomy works, and how to draw them so that they look anatomically authentic, solid and alive. 3D artists looking to enhance their understanding of basic animal form and motion will also benefit from Marshall's presentation. Instructor for this title: Marshall Vandruff

  • The Solid Approach to Drawing
  • Bones, Muscles, Forms, and Process
  • Anatomy of the Torso, Hindlegs,Forelegs, Neck & Head Structure
  • Faces, Features, and the Secret of Comparisons.
  • Resources
  1. Introduction to Animal Anatomy
  2. Muscles
  3. Foreshortening
  4. The Torso
  5. Hindlegs
  6. Forelegs
  7. Necks and Heads
  8. Anatomy of the Skull
  9. Animal Faces
  10. Animals as People
  11. Additional Resources

  • Product Code: MVA01
  • ISBN: 1-59762-808-5
  • UPC: 805366017569
  • Duration: 82 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-ROM

DVD-ROM Requirements:

  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 64 MB Video RAM
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • 5 GB of hard disk space
  • 1280 x 1024 display

DVD-ROM and Digital Download Requirements:

Minimum Operating System:

  • Microsoft® Windows® Vista®
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Apple® Mac® OS X 10.2


  • QuickTime Movie Player (Version 7.0 or higher)
  • Acrobat Reader (Version 5.0 or higher)

For more information on DVD and Digital Download policies click here.

Marshall Vandruff

Freelance Illustrator

Marshall Vandruff has worked as a writer, illustrator, voice-over artist and consultant for nearly thirty years. His clients include MAD Magazine, Warner Brothers, Hanna-Barbera, Dark Horse Comics, Nickelodeon, Insomniac Games, Disneyland, LeapFrog, Rockstar, Blizzard Entertainment, AutoDesk, The Gnomon Workshop, Imagine FX, and over forty advertising agencies. He has taught over 200 Drawing, Anatomy, and Storytelling courses at colleges, universities, and corporations.

Watch this tutorial now with an Online Training Subscription.

"I had the benefit of discovering Marshall Vandruff's teaching materials many years ago when I first set out to learn how to draw animals and fantasy creatures. Marshall was the first artist to really get me to think about drawing in three dimensions and I still refer to his work to this day! Marshall's teaching style is so wonderfully accessible in its direct and clear approach to drawing realistic animals by thinking around the forms and seeing them as dimensional objects on the page. He manages to break down complex ideas and shapes into easy to understand and easy to reproduce forms that have stuck with me for years and continue to guide my hand to this day."

- Scott Spencer
Character Designer
The Weta Workshop

Lecture Stills Gallery