For as long as there has been recorded art, there have been drawings of fantastic half-human/half-animal creatures. Anthropomorphic characters are also found throughout popular literature, from Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings to C.S. Lewis's Narnia Chronicles to A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh. Movies have often made use of half-animal people in films like Creature from the Black Lagoon and the numerous Planet of the Apes movies. Today animal characters have become the mainstay of comic books, animation, toys, and video games. Devoted to the serious depiction of anthropomorphic characters, Freaks! covers the entire range of animal people and explores all its possibilities. Hundreds of illustrations depict subjects that include basic human and animal anatomies, cat people, dog people, wolf people, feathered freaks, predators of the deep and much, much more. This drawing guide demonstrates the wide range of this popular genre of illustrative art and the techniques needed to create these fantastic fantasy creatures.
Steve Miller has worked as a toy designer for Resauras Toys, and has designed toy and video game characters for Sony, Microsoft, Image Comics, Warner Bros., and 20th Century Fox. He is a contributing author and artist to Sketch! Magazine.