Anatomy for artists: a new approach to discovering, learning and remembering the body
Bring Your Figure Drawings to Life To draw the human body with accuracy and confidence, you have to know how its anatomy functions beneath the skin. But like many artists, you may struggle to apply traditional anatomy courses to your work in a meaningful way. This unique guide bridges the gap between observation and creative expression by showing you how to use your own body as a reference tool for better work. Whether your goal is to achieve tight realism or stylized illustration, Anatomy for Artistsgoes beyond perceptual instruction, enabling you to blend what you see with what you learn and feel to be true about human anatomy. This active, physical approach to anatomy will allow you to develop rendering skills that capture the human form with greater richness and clarity. Unlike conventional anatomy books, this guide focuses on the body's movements as opposed to its static structure. As you follow along, you will not only learn the relationships between bones, muscles and tendons, you'll observe these relationships in your own body as you perform various motions and exercises. Detailed illustrations reveal intricate anatomical features and also illustrate how the body's individual parts function together and affect one another. When you begin drawing again after completing this book, you'll see improvement in your work right away, from rendering details to achieving proper proportions. You'll also experience a greater satisfaction from your drawing as you capture the essence of the human form with greater speed and ease.
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adductors anatomy apes arch armpit articulates artists astragalus attached ball-and-socket joint beauty bend biceps body bony brachialis brachio-radialis buttocks calf carpals cartilage chest clavicle contraction deltoid diagonal edge elbow extend external obliques feel femur fibers fibula Figure fingers flat flexors foot forearm forward front function gastrocnemius gluteus maximus hamstrings hand Haunch bone head heel bone hinge joints human humerus iliac crest inner side inserted knee knobs knuckle latissimus dorsi ligament linea alba lower leg mass mastoid medialis ment metacarpals metatarsals move movement muscles that control muscular neck origin outer malleolus outer side palm patella pectoral pelvis peroneus phalanges Pulling the thigh radius rectus abdominus rectus femoris relax rib cage rotation rounded sacro-spinalis sacrum Sartorius scapula shoulder girdle soleus spine sternum structure subcutaneous surface tensor teres group tibia tibialis tion toes torso trapezius triceps trocanter ulna ulnar furrow vastus lateralis vertebrae wrist