Classic Human Anatomy in Motion

I meant to post this review yesterday, but got distracted:

As children we begin drawing at a very basic level. Often we will start off with stick figures. We are beginning to comprehend how to recreate what we are seeing in the world. The stick figure concept is very basic as it acknowledges that people have arms and legs. Gradually as children begin to draw and see others drawings they will develop their skills. Their characters will begin to take greater shape, showing their capacity for another level of perception.

In her book Classic Human Anatomy in Motion, Valerie L. Winslow takes those artists that are interested in a more realistic approach to drawing on a deeper level. The book is broken up into sections, each of which builds upon each other to give a comprehensive picture. One section I found particularly helpful was of the skeletal system. While the text is detailed and academic, she also provides drawings that aid the readers comprehension. These drawings will compare a certain bone to an object that is of similar shape; for example the similarity between the brain case and an ostrich egg or a jaw bone and a horseshoe. Also included are diagrams of how the bones change position during movement.

The remainder of the book is mostly broken into muscle groups. Each of these sections give diagrams of their respective body group, the name of the muscle, its’ function in everyday life, and how they work in tandem with other muscles.

The text can be very academic and should be since much of the book is educating the reader on anatomy. I felt that the diagrams, pictures, and analogies were useful. As I went through this book I had a sketch book next to me so I could practice as I read and examined the diagrams. I definitely feel like I have a better understanding of drawing a more realistic human being.

“I received this book free from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.”


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