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Anatomy for the Artist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2005

    Superb resource for any artist

    There are a number of anatomy books on the market these days, focusing on (aspiring) fantasy artists, comic book artists, and artists-in-general. Some of these books are worthwhile, and others fall flat. Sarah Simblet's 'Anatomy for the Artist' will hold a place of honor on the shelf of any artist. Published by DK publishing, a company which produces high-quality, detailed, and user-friendly books on a number of subjects, this book satisfies the need for an anatomy book with focused tutorials and insignt. Simblet provides a number of essays and lecture-style tutorials in this book, but the real genius of the work is its format. First, it is separated into sections by parts of the body, allowing easy reference for the artist. Second, the book offers not only detailed pencil renderings of the various segments of human anatomy - both bone and muscle - by Simblet herself, but also excellent photographic references. Transparent overlays combining the renderings and photography add a fine 'how to' touch to the book. It should be noted, however, that this book is not appropriate for young audiences, as it features nude (albeit tasteful) photography of the human body. This book is highly recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    Great Resource

    This book is great for the artist studying the human body. The overlays of muscles and bones over the photographs really help grasp the mass of the body.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    Super Duper

    Awesome book, beautiful photographs, unique poses. Overlays valuable in understanding the anatomy of the body.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2005

    Deconstruction and Reconstruction: Anatomy as Art as Anatomy

    Sarah Simblet is not only a fine artist in her own right and a solid teacher at both the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University and at the Royal College of Art in London, she is also a fine writer for both art students and art lovers. In this exceedingly well-conceptualized and executed book Simblet draws upon photography of live models (by John Davis), pen and ink drawings on transparent paper through which the photographed nudes can be seen, anatomical specimens (where plastic has been injected into donated cadavers then treated with acid corrosion so that only the plastic in the veins and arteries remains), skeletons, and working sketches from the model as well as examples from the master painters to provide more visual information about her subject than anyone to date. After a brief but elegant history of figure drawing, the book is separated into sections by body parts and systems (Structure of the human body, head with bones and muscles, spine, torso, shoulder and arm, forearm and hand, hip and thigh, leg and foot) with each of these section she composes a Master Class based on the works of great painters (Ingres, Bacon, David, Ribera, Hopper, Holbein, Manet, Michelangelo, Raphael) matched with models posed in those famous poses for deconstructive examination of how each painter worked. She then turns her book into a course on drawing these various body parts, a section in which she wisely uses a generous sampling of her own superb drawings. The writing is straightforward and very easy to follow. There may be/are other books available that are more favored by artists who have used them for years, but few others offer so complete an inside look at the concept of reconstructing the body. The true beauty of this book is in the design and the elegant color photographs by John Davis, thankfully not ignoring the genitalia as in so many other art books. The models are beautifully incorporated into the text. Other design elements that make this and Art Book include the overlay drawings and the fine reproduction of the master paintings. Highly recommended for the student of art and anatomy at every level of study, but also for the art collectors who wish to enrich their knowledge of this long and continuing tradition of drawing and painting the human figure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2003

    Superb

    You must flip through this book yourself in order to truel appreciate it. It has transparent 'body schematics' and full color photos that abound the pages of this nicely done book. Beautiful models, useful angles and shots. This is a fine, fine tool for the aspiring artist! Says me. An aspiring artist. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2001

    The best anatomy book I've seen

    I picked up this title on a trip to my local B&N, and was so thrilled by the images in it I bought the book. Now after looking at it for a few days, it just gets better and better. The photos are incredible, and have just the right lighting to practice from (although drawing from life is still best). The knowledge of anatomy is breathtaking and the history of anatomy drawing she gives is quite intriguing. I have already recommended this book to some of my friends. And if I ever end up teaching anatomy and life-drawing, this will be the text book.

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