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Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Rogers Peck is an anatomy reference book.

It covers everything from bones, to muscles to topics like fat, veins, hair, age, sex, race and expression. There are some photos for reference as well. The writeup is descriptive and simple to understand. The examples are well illustrated and clearly labeled. It's pretty comprehensive.

While it also has some figure drawing tips and instructions, it certainly is not as comprehensive as dedicated figure drawing books. Here, it's on the approach to drawing certain parts. There's not much on posing the figure.

I see this book get mentioned a lot on art forums online, for good reasons. It's useful and very affordable.

This book's recommended to beginner and intermediate artists.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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on 19 November 1998
This atlas of human anatomy is unlike any other 'anatomy for artists' I've ever seen; it is by far the best. It is a wealth of information about the human body. Pecks book unpacks the human body as the three dimensional and dynamic structure that it is. He covers the physics of how the body is built how it moves, grows, ages, gains weight and the distinctions of race. This book utilizes many types of drawings, paintings, photographs, and diagrams to illustrate the human body, AND it explains every muscle, the derivation of its latin name, its origin, insertion and action.
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on 8 January 1999
This anatomy book covers areas of the body which other books of its type overlook. If you need to draw a knee, this book tells you how. It contains some photographs of models to give a visual reference from where the drawings were derived. If you are looking for photographs for reference, this may not be your book. The poses are straight forward and simple, giving a basic view at the human figure. It is an excellent book to have on the shelves. I own a large number of anatomy books, some sketck oriented, some photographic. This is by far the most used of my collection. I highly recommend it.
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on 1 August 2010
I cannot stress enough how brilliant this book is. There's so many anatomy books that can show you in massively detailed drawings whats under the hood of your skin, but this one is so different. It breaks down in such simple ways how bones and muscles work, that even a child could massively improve their knowledge at a simple glance.

Peck often makes comparisons of body contours and shapes to shapes of households objects so your mind never forgets them, and uses measurements and distances from one contour to another so that you can always know your not going wrong.
I recommend this anatomy book above all 17 of my others.

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on 18 April 2016
Great depth of anatomy very handy from an artist perspective,contains some reference poses to work from. Aimed a lot more around the male anatomy than the female anatomy but both are covered, im very happy with it!
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on 16 January 2014
If you're having trouble deciding what goes on inside the body don't employ Burke and Hare. Buy this - it's far less messy.
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on 15 July 2014
great book, exactly what i was looking for to aid with sculpting clay for lost wax bronze casting
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on 17 February 2012
This book generally gives us images for reference (and quite good too) of the human body. You probably can't learn anatomy by reading this (you already need a solid idea) but you can still combine this either when learning from some other artist or just looking up this book when you are having a hard time with something. It's a cheap book but don't be fooled by the price it's something worth buying. I can't think of a score different than 5 stars (maybe 6) this is just one of those books that every artist needs.
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on 14 August 2014
This is an interesting one. My gut reaction is that this book is even better than Loomis's "for all it's worth", but I think his book and the various materials around the internet that I've been studying have prepared me so that this book can finally hammer home a lot of the concepts and details. The illustrations are not just thorough, they're lively. They work from the inside of the body out, and from abstract roughing out shapes through approximate anatomical features to the deftly rendered real deal. The illustration is beefed up with a thorough write-up of everything so you can be sure you've got it. I love it.
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on 27 May 2013
Some people complain about this book, but I'm guessing that they were looking for a book that could be used for reference only. This does more than that, as it takes the time to explain the things that you need to understand about anatomy, plus providing useful sketches. Some are kind of blurry, so that could be improved, but other than that, great book.
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