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Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form (0) Hardcover – 30 Jan 1992
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`there are so many [other] useful benefits that this book is within an affordable range for young professional illustrators ... It is an extremely informative book and one which would remain a source of knowledge for years to come.' MAA News, April 1992
`this is a very thorough anatomical reference book designed specifically for artists' Artists Newletter, August 1992
`This is a learned and exceptionally thorough work which provides a definitive, copiously illustrated and highly accessible reference guide specifically for the artist ... the author has compiled and up-to-date single volume on artistic anatomy currently available ... Human Anatomy for Artists will, I am sure, prove an invaluable source of reference to all those interested in figurative art.'Oliver Lange, The Artist
About the Author
Eliot Goldfinger, a renowned sculptor and illustrator, developed the anatomy program at The New York Academy of Art and has been an instructor at The Art Student's League in New York City.
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For animals i strongly recommend the "Animal Anatomy for Artists" book by the same author, Eliot Goldfinger.
The approach here is a part-by-part look at the different section of the body. Each area focused has illustrated muscles and bones with accompanying photo of a model by the side. We can clearly see where different layers of muscles are attached to the bones The photo reference is very useful and provides clarity than using illustrations alone.
The downside is the author isolates the parts too much. If the topic is on the arm, only the arm is shown with very little of the shoulder. Amazingly, there are no full body illustration showing the muscles. The only full body illustrations show the schematic form, e.g. muscle boundaries. So while every part is explained and illustrated well, it's still a bit difficult to get the whole picture.
Most of the examples are static. The body is not doing anything. Again, it's hard to see how the body really works when place in different positions like walking, sitting or twisting. Well, this is a reference book, for bodies in different positions, it's better to get a figure drawing book that focuses on poses and gesture drawing.
Also, a great bulk of the examples are for male bodies. It would have been perfect if more female bodies were included for comparison.
The accompanying text is comprehensive in explaining the structure and how the parts work.
Ultimately, this is a very useful reference guide for any artists who wish to look up any part of the body. It's recommended for beginner to advanced artists.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
3d artist @ Prime Focus London
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