Anatomy for the Artist

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DK Pub., 2001 - Art - 255 pages
In Anatomy for the Artist, acclaimed artist and teacher Sarah Simblet unveils the extraordinary construction of the human body, and celebrates its continual prominence in Western Art.
Using superb, specially commissioned photographs of male and female models, together with historical and contemporary works of art, and her own illustrations, Sarah shows us how to see inside the human frame, to map its muscle groups, skeletal strength, balance, poise, and grace. Selected drawing superimposed over photographs reveal fascinating relationships between external appearance and internal structure.
Six drawing classes guide the reader to see the human body afresh, offering techniques and attitudes that imaginatively show how to view and draw the skeleton, head, ribcage, pelvis, hands, and feet.
By investigating ten Masterworks, the author demonstrates different artist's ideas and knowledge across time, ranging from Holbein's Christ Entombed, to Edward Hopper's Hotel Room. Each Masterclass presents a photographed model set in the same pose, so that anatomical comparisons can be made. Understanding anatomy is often the key to an artist's understanding and interpretation of the body.
This imaginative modern reference book will enhance the drawing and painting techniques of artists at every level.

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User Review  - aryadeschain - LibraryThing

While this is not the most interesting book in the world and definitely not the kind of thing I would choose to read in an idle Sunday afternoon, it is probably one of the most insightful that I have ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tippytoes89 - Borders

This is the best anatomy book for any person alike. Artists will find it very useful with the detailed drawings and photographic references. This book is a bit more on the expensive side, but was well worth it for the quality given! Read full review

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Simblet teaches at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, at the University of Oxford, and acts as a consultant on the history of anatomical imagery.

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