Essential Human Anatomy for Artists

A Complete Visual Guide to Drawing the Structures of the Living Form

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Pub Date 02 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2023

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Study human anatomy to translate nature into drawings that are both anatomically accurate and artistically beautiful.

Essential Human Anatomy for Artists is an anatomy course in a book that’s designed to offer you new tools to help you understand the connections between exterior forms and underlying structures.
  • Along with demonstrations of key materials are in-depth discussions of the skeleton and study of the muscles.
  • The drawing demonstrations, which are based on a series of live model poses, are designed to help readers understand the various forms of the human body.
  • Key information on movement and lighting is also included.

For artists at every level of experience, Essential Human Anatomy for Artists allows you to learn to work freely and confidently with the human figure and use the information it provides to create an accurate visual impression.

The For Artists series expertly guides and instructs artists at all skill levels who want to develop their classical drawing and painting skills and create realistic and representational art.

Also available from the series: Drawing the Head for Artists, Figure Drawing for Artists, Life Drawing for Artists, Drawing and Painting Botanicals for Artists, Dynamic Still Life for Artists, Landscape Painter’s Workbook, Plein Air Techniques for Artists, and Sketching Techniques for Artists.
Study human anatomy to translate nature into drawings that are both anatomically accurate and artistically beautiful.

Essential Human Anatomy for Artists is an anatomy course in a book that’s designed...

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This book was very informative! I will use it as a reference for years to come!! Thanks for the copy !!

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What an amazingly detailed book with so many touchpoints and how each emotion changes the various parts of the face. So much attention to be paid to every controllable part of the body to get the sketch right.

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“Essential Human Anatomy for Artists” by Ken Goldman is a great art book of the human body filled with skeletal bodies, muscles under the skin, different mediums, movements, and lighting changes. It is detailed on how to apply the knowledge of the human body to art and the to dos for it. I ended up really liking the book. 5 out of 5 stars.

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This book is broken down perfectly. It is easy to comprehend but complex enough that any reader can learn a lot. This is the perfect book for anybody at all levels and I can see it being a constant reference in my art.

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WOW! Beautifully done with exceptional sketching--this is a phenomenal art book! Being an artist myself, I have looked through many anatomy books over the years, and can truly says this is the best anatomy for artists I've seen. I especially love the diverse variety of images and representation, which makes it nice for different types of learners to see the same concept in a variety of ways. The tremendous amount of research and imagery that went into this book is amazing. I reviewed a digital copy of this book, but would absolutely love to have a hard copy in my art library. The use of color to describe the subject really helps emphasize the concepts to the reader. I highly recommend this book to any artist but also to non-artists who simply love and appreciate human form.

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Serious figure painting needs special anatomy lessons. This book surely fulfills this goal. It contains all the necessary information about bones and muscles, their purpose, at least that an artist might need for a realistic representation of the human body.. Important also the underlining of the visual landmarks. All richly illustrated by the author with various techniques.
This is the book that you can judge already from the cover, the drawings are of high artistic level. Surely anatomy is not that entertaining, one should study well the images, take one's time, trying to memorize everything possible. I think this volume is very helpful to make it easier. Also, experienced artists might use it as a reference.
As an ambitious figure artist, I've read a bunch of anatomy books for artists, I judge this one of the bests. Highly recommended.

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Ken Goldman began teaching anatomical figure drawing 40 years ago and so surely knows what he is talking about. In “Essential Human Anatomy for Artists,” he goes through the skeleton and main parts of the human body with pages full of illustrations and information for the artist who wants to start getting serious about figure drawing. I draw and paint humans and animals but am glad that I don’t have to look at their muscles and bones but anyone wanting to will find this book useful and helpful as a jumpstart.

5 stars.

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Beautiful illustrations and easy to follow instructions and guidelines. I'm looking forward to applying the lessons to my own work and studies. I hope to reference other books by this series.

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