Anatomy For Sculptors: Understanding the Human Figure - Paperback (English)
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Visual artists are visual thinkers! So we made human anatomy for artists. They don't want to read magnificent, but boring anatomy textbooks, stuffed with medical level information. Instead, the author made a book with clear images that contain all the necessary information needed to create a realistic human form.
Page count: 222 pages of pure awesomeness
Author: Uldis Zarins
Brand: Anatomy For Sculptors
Publisher: Anatomy Next, Inc.
Release date: (January 1, 2014)
Edition: 3rd Edition
Content is king!
In addition to the 3D models, there are also photos of live models from various angles and body postures, overlaid with color-coded muscle diagrams. The coverage of the book is entirely comprehensive, displaying the human body from head to toe, including a few pages on face anatomy (for a more in-depth understanding of facial expressions, check out Anatomy of Facial Expressions). Most pictures in the book are self-explanatory. With 222 pages of pure content, and the text of this book is only about 2%-5%.
The concept of this book came from co-author Uldis Zarins. A classically trained sculptor, with 20 years of sculpting experience, looking for a good visual anatomy book for his students, that would help to explain the forms of the human figure. After years of fruitless searching, Uldis decided to roll up his sleeves and take one for the team. So, he embarked on an epic quest to create a book for reliable anatomical reference for any aspiring artist.
Guess no more!
The book contains images of various examples of different postures, such as a twisted torso, the movement of arms, etc. It is allowing you not to have to guess anymore how each muscle will look from any angle.
The Internet is not as full of information on the current subject as it might seem at first. With time you seem not to find the correct reference materials you were looking for, which makes you improvise. Improvising, without the real understanding of a human figure, brings imperfections and frustrations. Gain this understanding of the human figure and its motions through this book. It allows for a person not to just "copy" nature, but to understand it and improve in their work.
Not just for sculptors
The book started as a sculpting book because the author is a traditional sculptor with more than 25-year experience and a professor of Anatomy in Arts Academy. However, this book has moved far beyond that - digital art, CGI, VFX, Character art, 2D and 3D, traditional sculpting, and so on. All around the art world, artists use it in their daily work.
A guide to making a realistic human form
What sets apart good classical artists from others? Major factors are the skills and practice, of course, but the good live model makes a huge difference! If you have a good reference, you won't need a live model anymore. Be inspired, and don't waste your precious time on the search for images on google; basically, everything you need is in this book!
Anatomy for artists article goes more in-depth. The author describes the idea behind the book and the content it contains, a way of creating a realistic human figure.