Anatomy for the Artist by Sarah SimbletAnatomy for the Artist by Sarah Simblet

Anatomy for the Artist

bySarah Simblet

Hardcover | October 3, 2001

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A beautifully illustrated guidebook to drawing human anatomy, from the professor who teaches the subject at the University of Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art. Using superb, specially commissioned photographs of male and female models, together with historical and contemporary works of art and her own illustrations, Sarah Simblet shows us how to see inside the human frame, to map its muscle groups and skeletal structure, to capture its balance, poise, and grace.
Many of the photographs are overlaid with transparent pages showing the skeletal and muscular systems, so that students can understand how the body’s outer appearance relates to its internal anatomy. Lessons focus on different anatomical areas in detail, as well as techniques for seeing and portraying the human body as a whole. In ten “masterclass” sections, Simblet breaks down great works of art, from Hans Holbein’s The Body of the Dead Christ to Edward Hopper’s Hotel Room, using photographs of models in the same pose to invite readers to see the human body as the masters did.
Anatomy for the Artist equips artists of all levels with the skills they need to understand and interpret the human body, and to imaginatively represent it in their own work.
Title:Anatomy for the ArtistFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 11.75 × 10.13 × 0.95 inPublished:October 3, 2001Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:078948045x

ISBN - 13:9780789480453


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easily my favourite anatomy book Easily my favourite anatomy book in my library, the photography is beautiful and the illustrated overlay sheets are incredibly informative. I paid 45.00 for my copy and it was worth every cent. This is not a 'HOW TO DRAW' book, it's a very well done reference book.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... I was excited to get this book as I am studying the anatomy for figure drawings. The pictures are beautiful .....that's about it. The beginning of the book delves into the history of anatomy from a science perspective and also gets a little morbid in detail (with a bit too much enjoyment from the writer) when talking about skin and its removal! I am returning it. Not only is this book graphic it also lacks any artistic information that one could find easily online. I totally agree with another reviewer in saying that there is nothing but perfect body true life bodies. The drawings themselves are similar to a sketchbook and do not go into detail, unless you only want to draw the bones. If you want to enjoy perfect models in typical poses then by all means spend $50.00. I'm getting my money back and buying something that I can actually learn from.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great idea but oversight in execution I really like the concept of the book and how it's set up. However you nee to be an artist only drawing the young and the "beautiful". I would have given it a higher rating if it included any examples of older modeks and ones who are heavier, but there's not any in the entire book.
Date published: 2016-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best anatomy book available Covering the history of the study and drawing of the human body as well as examining all aspects of anatomy relevant for the visual artist, this book is the very best I've found. There are pages and pages of full-page photographs of parts of the body as well as detailed overlays on translucent paper that show where the bones are from both the front and the back view. You can't get this by working through a copy of Gray's Anatomy or the Anatomy Colouring Book, believe me! A detailed examination of the muscle structures is similarly employed, and has made the biggest difference to my life drawing this year. Simblet also examines a number of master works by comparing the paintings with human models in similar postures (or as close as can be arranged, depending on the master work!). This is the best way to understand what is going on in the master works -- where and how the artist has distorted the human body's capabilities in order to make a statement or offer an alternative. The models in the book are exquisitely photographed. There's a nice balance of male and female models, white, black, and Asian in classic poses, stances and a few nice flexed positions, too. While it's a very graphic book, it's so beautifully done, and so obviously respectful of both the models and the artists who are studying them, you won't mind if your children come across the book, or look over your shoulder while you refer to it. It's worth every penny, not only because it's informative and beautiful, but because you'll want to refer to it over and over again for years.
Date published: 2003-07-23