Illustrated Animal Anatomy Resources
A plate from the Handbuch der Anatomie der Tiere für Künstler
Anatomy Studies and Tutorial
- Veterinary Anatomical Illustrations– A collection of about 80 different anatomy plates for various mammals. Pulls a great deal from the Handbuch der Anatomie der Tiere für Künstler.
- A comparative view of the human and animal frame– A number of illustrations showing human skeletons alongside a pretty good variety of animal skeletons. No labeling, unfortunately, but huge blocks of explanatory text.
- Joumana Medlej’s tutorials including Basic Animal Anatomy and multi-part tutorials on Drawing Birds, Drawing the Horse and a Guide to Cats.
- Some really wonderful anatomy studies by Velizar Simeonovski
- Anatomical illustrations of many different invertebrates
- A single nicely-done sheet of anatomy studies good variety of animals– not necessarily 100% accurate, but a good resource nonetheless.
General Zoological Illustration, with a dash of anatomical studies
- Grzimek Mammal Illustrations
- Grzimek Bird Illustrations
- Grzimek Reptile Illustrations
- Grzimek Fish Illustrations
- Grzimek Insect Illustrations
- Grzimek Invertebrate Illustrations
- Classic Illustrated Zoologies and Related Works, 1550-1900
- Wikimedia’s Zoological illustrations
- Wikimedia’s collection of images from zoology books
I’ve been doing a lot of hunting for animal anatomy reference lately and figured I’d share my favorites of what I’ve found. These are some beautiful collections of animal and anatomical illustrations and all well worth a look (although admittedly, the bottom few are a bit more of a peruse-at-your-leisure sort of deal).
I’d also definitely recommend looking up Terryl Whitlatch (I’ve talked about her before here, but unfortunately the free beta of the Tales of Amalthea site has ended). Her paleoillustrations are fantastic and her anatomy studies crystal-clear.
(P.S. Sorry for such a prolonged lack of updates! Most of May was spent crunching to get our game out on time.)