Anatomy: A Complete Guide for Artists

Anatomy: A Complete Guide for Artists

by Joseph Sheppard
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Anatomy: A Complete Guide for Artists by Joseph Sheppard

In this superb guidebook, a skilled practitioner of figure drawing demonstrates how to achieve mastery of anatomy through careful, knowledgeable articulation of the muscles and bones lying beneath the skin. Joseph Sheppard's concise instructions have been carefully integrated with over 250 halftone illustrations and over 180 line drawings to lead artists one step at a time through the techniques required in rendering human anatomy convincingly.
The opening chapter of the book presents the special techniques involved in mastering human proportion.The chapters that follow each deal with a separate part of the body: the arm, hand, leg, foot, torso, head, and neck (with special coverage of facial features and expressions) and the complete figure.
Each of these chapters follows a basic format that combines drawings of the featured body portion from many different angles, coverage of the specific bones and muscles involved, a table of muscle origins and insertions, and coverage of surface anatomy and depictions of the body part in a variety of positions.
Joseph Sheppard taught drawing, anatomy, and painting for many years at the Maryland Institute of Art. He is the author of several books of art instruction, and the recipient of a number of distinguished prizes and awards for his sculptures and other works of art, many of which are in the collections of art museums across America.

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ISBN-13: 9780486272795
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 09/30/1992
Series: Dover Anatomy for Artists Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 8.34(w) x 11.16(h) x 0.55(d)

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Anatomy: A Complete Guide for Artists 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i would highly recommend this text to others. I found it highly valuable as it was the primary text in my figure drawing classes... it gives a detailed gestalt viewpoint on the figure and as such brought more life to my figures.
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cheryldiana More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to others, in fact, one of my fellow students in a higher level painting class, saw my book and subsequently bought my second copy of it. (I misplaced mine right after my purchase and reordered it, found my original copy later) My friend was having trouble depicting the human skull, the book helped her make the necessary corrections. This book has proved very help to me when I sketch helping me to make my figures more realistic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The skeletel and muscular diagrams in this book are great, and the captions are exceptionally thorough, but only one body type is discussed. I found it to be a great starter book for the artist concerned about anatomical correctness, but it does not deal with smaller frames such as children or petite women. Muscles and bones make up the majority of the book, but I found the brief inclusions of facial expressions and features helpful. My biggest complaint is that this book covers Caucasian features only.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that this is a good resource for more advanced artists. It is not for someone--like me--who is just beginning and is interested in learning how to draw the human body simply. The illustrations in this book are great and detailed, but maybe Sheppard's other title about Drawing the Living Figure would have been more helpful for me. In any case, I would only recommend this book if you are more advanced.