Anatomy for the Artist

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Dorling Kindersley, 2001 - Anatomy, Artistic - 255 pages
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In Anatomy for the Artist acclaimed artist and academic Sarah Simblet unveils the extraordinary construction of the human body and celebrates its continuing prominence in Western Art today. Using superb specially commissioned photographs of male and female models together with historical and contempory works of art and her own illustrations Sarah shows us how to look inside the human frame to map its muscle groups skeletal strength balance poise and grace. Selected drawings superimposed over photographs reveal fascinating relationships between external appearance and internal structure. Six drawing classes guide the reader to see the human body afresh offering techniques and attitudes that imagiatively show how to observe and draw the skeleton. head ribcage pelvis hands and feet. By investigating ten Masterworks the author shows the knowledge and ideas of different artists across tie ranging from Holbein's Christ Entombed to Edward Hopper's Hotel Room. Each masterclass presents a photographed model set in the same pose so that anatomical comparisons can be made. Understanding anatomy is often the key to an artist's understanding and interpretation of the body. This imaginative modern reference book will enhance the drawing and painting techniques of artists and every level.

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User Review  - aryadeschain - LibraryThing

While this is not the most interesting book in the world and definitely not the kind of thing I would choose to read in an idle Sunday afternoon, it is probably one of the most insightful that I have ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tippytoes89 - Borders

This is the best anatomy book for any person alike. Artists will find it very useful with the detailed drawings and photographic references. This book is a bit more on the expensive side, but was well worth it for the quality given! Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Sarah's expertise, enthusiasm, and innovative approach to drawing give her books a vitality that appeals to a wide audience. Sarah teaches at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, and at the Royal College of Art in London. She has studied and worked in Oxford, Cheltenham, Heidelberg, and Madrid, and was awarded her PhD by the University of Bristol.

Her drawings are in national and private collections, including the Royal Academy of Art in London and the Ashmolean in Oxford. Sarah is the author of the highly acclaimed Anatomy for the Artistand has had three solo shows of her large-scale work. She has given interviews on BBC Radio 4 and has acted as a consultant for Watchmaker and for Discovery Channel's Art-Science documentaries.

Her latest book, The Drawing Book(DK, 2005) reveals a unique blend of practical teaching, inspirational sketchbooks, and insights into a range of masterpieces.

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