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Very good and a little different
on 10 June 2012
This is a useful anatomy book to have on your shelf. There are drawings by the excellent Sarah Simblet, but a feature of this book is that a large proportion of the illustrations are photographs in both black and white and colour. There are some odd things about the book - a little too much emphasis on medical anatomy that doesn't really concern the artist (relating, perhaps, to the artist's academic interests). However, even as I write this I recall that I really enjoyed reading about the digestive system and plastic casts of the ventricles of the heart. Hence the five stars, because the unexpected elements of this are actually a pleasure. Another example is Simblet's own artwork towards the end, which I didn't much care for as an image, but found fascinating as a piece of work that is the result of her interest in anatomy. The overlays of bones drawn on tissue paper which go over photographs are very useful indeed, and I'm delighted to find that Victorian prudery seems finally to have died and there is a complete chapter on how to draw the genitals that takes this section of the body as seriously and straighforwardly as the rest. I notice one reviewer complaining that the models are all 'perfect' specimens and this is true, and I would have prefered a more interestingly varied group of models (such as one comes across in the life room). However, the choice of models does mean that the bones and musculature which form the substance of the text are well illustrated on live bodies. The text is very good, with clear explanations and is written by a practitioner who knows the sort of information that an artist needs. Of course you'll need other anatomy books but I'd put this as one of my top ten alongside classics like Beverley Hale (his Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters is surely still indispensable?), Apesos (a favourite of mine), Raynes and of course Barcsay.