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    Valerie L. Winslow(Author)

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After more than 30 years of research and teaching, artist Valerie Winslow has compiled her unique methods of drawing human anatomy into one groundbreaking volume: "Classic Human Anatomy". This long-awaited book provides simple, insightful approaches to the complex subject of human anatomy, using drawings, diagrams and reader-friendly text. Three major sections - the skeletal form, the muscular form and action of the muscles and movement - break the material down into easy-to-understand pieces. More than 800 distinctive illustrations detail the movement and actions of the bones and muscles and unique charts reveal the origins and insertions of the muscles. Packed with an extraordinary wealth of information, this is sure to become a new classic of art instruction.

"This meticulously researched volume combines modern anatomical science with the classical theories of figurative proportion, rhythm, and grace present an illustrated overview of the history of artistic anatomy. Included are an introduction to anatomical terms, entries on all major muscle groups and their roles in movements, detailed renderings, and a selections of finished art studies. A significant contribution to the literature of art reference."--Library Journal"-This meticulously researched volume combines modern anatomical science with the classical theories of figurative proportion, rhythm, and grace present an illustrated overview of the history of artistic anatomy. Included are an introduction to anatomical terms, entries on all major muscle groups and their roles in movements, detailed renderings, and a selections of finished art studies. A significant contribution to the literature of art reference.---Library Journal

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  • PDF | 304 pages
  • Valerie L. Winslow(Author)
  • Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S. (31 Jan. 2009)
  • English
  • 7
  • Art, Architecture & Photography

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  • By Mari Howard on 21 October 2011

    I bought this in order to work on my figurative drawing. My art teacher had suggested an anatomy book for artists and I went through your selection and decided on this one as it looked thorough and straightforward without gimmicks, and was reasonably priced.It is a very detailed book. The drawings are exactly what was required, showing bones and muscles in good clear line drawings. The text is also well written and informative. Anatomy which used to be a required subject for artists has been gradually phased away, but for figurative work it is useful, and used to be considered vital, to understand the underlying structure of the body, whether drawing it in movement or as a portrait.My only criticism is that the author has not considered to include diagrams of the human infant and child showing the typical proportions etc at various stages ands ages: that would have been most helpful. However, I don't think I've seen this anywhere in an artists anatomy book, only specialist books on drawing children.

  • By Janet on 27 April 2017

    Brilliant, wish I had had it earlier.

  • By choc-santa on 16 December 2010

    I get the impression that this book is a real labour of love. I have quite a few artistic anatomy books - many excellent, and classics - but this is the one I now keep close to hand.It has a wealth of illustrations, is beautifully designed and laid out. No efforts have been spared to make everything as clear as possible. It has filled in all the 'gaps' for me regarding this subject and I really couldn't recommend it highly enough.

  • By ........... on 20 May 2012

    Absolutely brilliant. I've been studying artistic anatomy for years, I own most of the other books you'll be recommended on the subject, and I can safely say that this is one of, if not the best that I have, and the one that will aid me the most. So clear, concepts that had seemed very confusing are now extremely clear to me. I'd put that down to the wonderful drawings and explanatory text. 5 stars, no question, and highly recommended.

  • By Dominic Barnes on 15 February 2016

    Finally I have found the artists' anatomy book I've been looking for - it is far more detailed than the other two I have and incredibly comprehensive - someone's really gone the extra mile and put a lot of work into this. Fantastic image quality a good few whole page and half page images, thorough explanations of how joints work etc, actual coaching on how to draw the different parts of the body (as opposed to just pretty pictures to copy), comparison of body parts to things like spanners (i.e. useful analogies to items that are easier to draw). This really is a superb book - if you are in two minds then take the plunge - you won't regret it. Gush.

  • By T. Blass on 8 February 2016

    Fantastic book. I have at least 15-20 books on the subject and this is one of the best I've seen. Looking forward to getting the latest book from VW. A thorough approach which will reward those who spend time digesting the wealth of information contained in it. It's definitely a book I will be keeping close by.

  • By Sapeleboy on 17 May 2012

    I came across this at the Tate Modern a few weeks back and it seems to be just the book I needed at the time following a patch of frustration with my anatomical studies.This book covers some key concepts about forms which as I beginner goes a long way. There are lots of drawings and samples to help fill in the anatomical gaps.Although as a beginner this book comes in very handy I think it is more beneficial to those with slightly better knowledge of the anatomical figure.Regardless I have no regrets.


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