Anatomy for the Artist / Edition 1

Anatomy for the Artist / Edition 1

by Sarah Simblet
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Anatomy for the Artist / Edition 1

Specially taken photographs show the construction of the human body while underlying anatomical structures are revealed using illustrations by the author.

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ISBN-13: 9780789480453
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Edition description: 1 AMER ED
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 127,979
Product dimensions: 10.12(w) x 11.75(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents


The Art of Anatomy
Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary
Endocrine, Nervous, Lymphatic, Cardio-vascular
The Head
Skull Bones
Facial Muscles
Neck Muscles
Ears and Hair
The Spine
The Spine bones
Masterclass: Jean-Auguste Ingres
The Torso
Rib Cage
Masterclass: Francis Bacon
The Shoulder and Arm
Masterclass: Jacques-Louis David
The Forearm and Hand
Masterclass: Jose de Ribera
The Hip and Thigh
Masterclass: Edward Hopper
The Leg and Foot
Masterclass: Hans Holbein
The Body in Space
The Model on Paper
Masterclass: Edouard Manet
Masterclass: Edgar Degas
Transparent Bodies
Drawing the Skeleton
The Skeleton in Perspective
Masterclass: Michelangelo
Drawing the Head
Drawing the Rib Cage
Drawing the Pelvis
Drawing the Hands
Masterclass: Raphael
Drawing the Feet
Key Terms
Further Reading

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Anatomy for the Artist 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm an artist who is skilled in drawing, but I have not taken a course in anatomy. I tried to learn it using this book alone. I copyied six photographs from sight, and then tried to transpose the muscles over, based on her sketches of muscle groups. Her sketches are very good, but incomplete, especially concerning the shoulder muscles and how they connect to the arms, and torso. The muscles of the back also require additional drawings. A few more of her drawings would greatly improve this book's potential to teach. Also, instead of having one seperate chapter on motion, with few drawings, she should show how motion effects every part of the body in each section of the body. It would make the book much larger and more expensive, but it would be well worth it. I only suggest these additions because I recognize her incredible knowledge and the potential her book has to help many artists. I recommend this book for references and to learn legs, forearms, and hands, but as it is now, it is not enough to teach you anatomy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
KristaDay More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book, beautiful photographs, unique poses. Overlays valuable in understanding the anatomy of the body.
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skid9 More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent anatomical back-up resource for most artists who do not have access to a live model every time they put pen to paper or brush to canvas. This is a good foundation book, but you might still feel that this doesn't cover all the ground. Some of the pros are: a. The transparent overlays of the skeletal system that nicely fit over the actual pictures of the human form - perfect visualization of how the skeleton, musculature and skin all fit together. b. Detailed pictures on every part of the anatomy, with descriptions. I feel that the following could be added to make this book truly a one stop resource: a. Action/movement - pictures of male and female anatomy, how they look under vigorous movement (foreshortening, stretching, flexure, compression and light/shadow)- there are some pictures, but we need many, many more. b. Breast section - definitely given less attention; needs more pictures, different types etc. Effect of gravity in the breasts of reclining, supine, walking, running and standing figures. c. Hands, feet and face - needs more attention, more pictures, all sorts of flexure and bending. d. Shadow/light: A set of male/female pictures with extreme or hard directional lighting which bring out contours would have been very useful. d. More than anything, a section devoted to less than perfect physical specimens, both male and female would be really critical. In real life, not all the subjects are in peak condition, some are older, some are over/underweight, with sagging skin, muscles and appendages. This section would be critical for the artist who desires to draw more realistic subjects. Notwithstanding anything I have said above, I am VERY happy with this book - it still makes for a wonderful foundation anatomy resource for every artist. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the perfect anatomy resource, this book gets a 7.5 in my opinion. DEFINITELY worth purchasing.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.