Anatomy for the Artist Hardcover – 28 Sep 2001
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About the Author
Sarah Simblet is an artist and academic specialising in anatomy. She has a studio in Oxford and holds the positions of Tutor in Drawing in the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, and Visiting Lecturer in the Royal College of Art, London.
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I bought this book as a reference for the human body as I have little interest in life drawing classes at my university (bizarre I know). The first thing that strikes you when you open the book is how high the presentation is. Black and white backgrounds contrast perfectly and cut out the figure shapes well which is a must for creating your own renditions on paper. Another great touch is the transparent paper drawings of bones and muscle structure which overlaps onto the figures.
In terms of content this book has over 250 pages of human anatomy photos and drawings. These are divided into specific chapters such as the spine, the head and hands and feet just to name a few. It really covers all the bases of the human body.
If I am to point out fault it is with the books apparent obsession of human perfection. Every single model in this book is pretty much the pinnacle of what human perfection is viewed as in society. You won't find any references for less 'anatomically gifted' individuals. On another note you won't find anatomy of more diverse age groups; most of the models are in their 20's to 40's.
Any arguments against this book are seemingly minor and it does exactly what it sets out to do which is to provide an in-depth look at the human body and all it's details. I highly recommend Anatomy for the Artist for any artists out there in need of a good human reference book. It's almost worth sneaking out of life drawings for.
It has fantastic photos and great illustrations focusing on different parts of the body.
I'm very pleased with the book.
I just wish more people would make books like this. The other anatomy for artist books are either grainy pictures of nudes from the 70s or hideous drawings of badly proportioned naked people. I use this book and my wealth of reference collected from the net, all the other books for me are useless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As others have said, more for pictures and reading than learning how to draw.
There's no direct teaching conversation, no where does the book instruct you or advise you. Read more
Amazing book if not one of the best for anatomy, it will be used throughout my fine art course!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really great book and the overlays are a fantastic idea I look forward to many years of use out of this bookPublished 10 months ago by James Tony Grime
Super high quality, the photos, diagrams and transparent overlays make this book an amazing resource of the highest possible production quality. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr. A. Peach
A truly wonderful book. Sarah Simblet does it again. From the examples of torso or of toes treated with the same respect, to the "layering" of the body (skin, muscles,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by N. Jacinto