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

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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 ...
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Overview

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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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823024155
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 153,747
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Valerie I. Winslow has been painting and drawing the human figure for more than three decades. She has taught at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and at the California Institute of Arts. Currently, she teaches at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She lives in Santa Rosa, CA.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Anatomy and Figurative Art 12

Ch. 1 The Language of Anatomy 20

Ch. 2 The Head, Face, and Neck 68

Ch. 4 The Arm 152

Ch. 5 The Hand 182

Ch. 6 The Leg 200

Ch. 7 The Foot 226

Ch. 8 The Whole Figure 242

Anatomical Terminology Reference Guide 264

Glossary 277

Suggested Reading 295

Index 297

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    Excellent source for figurative artists and sculptors

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    I Highly Recommend it

    Best Anatomy book!

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    One of my Best Purchases

    "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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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    This is a good book if you are serious.

    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.

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