Artistic Anatomy: The Great French Classic on Artistic Anatomy (Practical Art Books) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1986/2/1
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Artistic Anatomy is widely acknowledged to be the greatest book of its kind since the Renaissance. The original French edition, now a rare collector's item, was published in 1889 and was probably used as a resource by Renoir, Braque, Degas, Bazille, and many others. The English-language edition, first published 35 years ago, brings together the nineteenth century's greatest teacher of artistic anatomy, Paul Richer, and the twentieth century's most renowned teacher of anatomy and figure drawing, Robert Beverly Hale, who translated and edited the book for the modern reader. Now Watson-Guptill is proud to reissue this dynamic classic with an anniversary sticker, sure to inspire drawing students well into our century.
Dr. Paul Richer (1849-1933), a distinguished artist and scientist, was a professor of creative anatomy at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and a member of the city's Institute of Medicine.
Robern Beverly Hale (1901-1985), who ended his career as curator emeritus of American painting and sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, was an instructor of anatomy at the Art Students League for 40 years. His famous lectures, illustrated with life-size drawings that he created on the spot, have been compiled and edited by Terence Coyle and published in Master Class in Figure Drawing. Hale's other books include Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters and Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters.
The Richer book of Anatomy gives a realistic portrayal of the human body, using a 1: 7.5 head to body ratio instead of the 1: 8 ratio that Loomis uses. By using a more realistic standard. I wouldn't say that this is my go to anatomy book because anyone that does figure drawing and doesn't draw the same proportions over and over again would know that you need different references for different projects.
I will say that this a very valuable addition to my art book library.
If you're not taking life drawing skip this book, this one is for learning structure, proper proportion in class study/home study class assignment. I hate to say but if you're not getting actual course help you this book will cause a headache.
Pros: Very helpful close bone structure to learn anatomy, very high details of frontal and back, even individual parts. Great for art students in life drawing.
Con: Not for beginners, or someone not in life drawing. It will confuse many because it will appear as a medical skeletal/muscle/ muscuskeletal form study book.
If you want a good start
Try Gary Simmons- The Technical Pen for intermediate and advanced. The Cross hatching pen bible.
Andrew Loomis Art books especially How to draw hands and heads & anatomy, great for starters and intermediate alike. Has great exercises.
look up Sycra and proko art studies on Youtube, extremely helpful to advanced and beginners and alike. Overall free art lessons ranging from concept, focus study, skeletal, poses, gesture, and color theory.
My highest recommendation, is to study this book, along with Frank Netter's medical anatomy book focusing on the osteology and myology sections that apply to artists, leaving behind the details that do not apply to artists. The illustrations in that book are second to none. Also, as many other good artistic anatomy books you can find, as the more you understand, the better.
Lastly, get a good poseable medical skeleton. Yes, save up for it, like I did. It is absolutely essential. A realistic sculptor of the human figure must know the body from the inside out. Pictures alone in books are not enough. You must see the structure of the body in the round.
Then I reccommend getting Bruno Lucchesi's "Modelling the Figure in Clay, A Sculptors Guide to Anatomy". Do the exercises using this book , your skeleton as a model, putting on the bones and muscles, one by one. This is a spectacular learning experience to build your own ecorche (flayed) figure.