Classic Human Anatomy: The Artist's Guide to Form, Function, and Movement

Classic Human Anatomy: The Artist's Guide to Form, Function, and Movement

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by Valerie L. Winslow
     
 

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After more than thirty years of research and teaching, artist Valerie Winslow has compiled her unique methods of drawing human anatomy into one groundbreaking volume: Classic Human Anatomy. This long-awaited book provides simple, insightful approaches to the complex subject of human anatomy, using drawings, diagrams, and reader-friendly text. Three major

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After more than thirty years of research and teaching, artist Valerie Winslow has compiled her unique methods of drawing human anatomy into one groundbreaking volume: Classic Human Anatomy. This long-awaited book provides simple, insightful approaches to the complex subject of human anatomy, using drawings, diagrams, and reader-friendly text. Three major sections–the skeletal form, the muscular form and action of the muscles, and movement–break the material down into easy-to-understand pieces. More than 800 distinctive illustrations detail the movement and actions of the bones and muscles, and unique charts reveal the origins and insertions of the muscles. Packed with an extraordinary wealth of information, Classic Human Anatomy is sure to become a new classic of art instruction.

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From the Publisher
"This meticulously researched volume combines modern anatomical science with the classical theories of figurative proportion, rhythm, and grace present an illustrated overview of the history of artistic anatomy. Included are an introduction to anatomical terms, entries on all major muscle groups and their roles in movements, detailed renderings, and a selections of finished art studies. A significant contribution to the literature of art reference."
Library Journal 
Library Journal

This meticulously researched volume combines modern anatomical science with the classical theories of figurative proportion, rhythm, and grace to present an illustrated overview of the history of artistic anatomy. Included are an introduction to anatomical terms, entries on all major muscle groups and their roles in creating movement, detailed renderings, and a selection of finished life studies. A significant contribution to the literature of art reference. For large public collections, art libraries, and academic libraries. For the more casual artist, see Lucy Watson's popular Life Drawing Class: A Step-by-Step Course in Figure Drawing.


—Daniel Lombardo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823024155
Publisher:
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
12/23/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
170,877
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Valerie L. Winslow has been painting and drawing the human figure professionally for nearly four decades and is an expert in the field of figurative art. She is the author and artist of Classic Human Anatomy, hailed by Library Journal as a “significant contribution to the literature of art reference.” Since 1979 Winslow has taught at well-known institutions including the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and Pixar Animation Studios. Winslow is currently a full-time faculty member and the anatomy coordinator at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University. Many of her works are in private collections, and she has won numerous museum awards. She lives in Santa Rosa, California. For more information on the artist and to view a portfolio of her work, visit valerielwinslow.com.

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Classic Human Anatomy: The Artist's Guide to Form, Function, and Movement 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The drawings and illustrations are very well done, with much thought and attention to the importance of the views, including 360 degree poses. This book is a unique resource, not the average figure drawing book, and is very valuable to the serious figurative artist and sculptor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best Anatomy book!
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Roy_Grey More than 1 year ago
"I'd rather buy something more affordable" is what I thought when I first saw this book. However, after browsing through the book I was captivated by how thorough it was and I purchased it shortly after. Anatomy is a vital part of drawing and there is no book out there better than this one. It covers each part of the body, both males and females, and even different body types. I recommend this book to anyone who is draws humans in any style, definitely worth more than the price and shelf space.
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BlakeG More than 1 year ago
This book is less of a 'How to Draw' than a solid reference text. This is not a bargain book, but the proportion guidelines located in the back are worth the price. It's also refreshing to see the author spend equal detain on both male and female physiques. If you need an informative, well illustrated, and systematic text then get this book. If you need an anatomy book, get this book.