Library Journal: Anatomy for Artists provides a good general review of human anatomy for students and artists alike. By describing the surface forms and underlying bone structure and how they work together to permit movement, the DVD is useful for teaching sculpture as well as figure drawing. The model featured has very good muscle definition, thereby highlighting muscular and skeletal systems, simple and complex muscle groups, and human proportions. The DVD is short and well organized; the model wears a brief swimsuit to avoid embarrassing or offending young students. This useful tool will aid in art instruction for high school through adult learners.
Midwest Book Review: Anatomy for Artists explores the underlying structure of what comprises figure drawing. The presentation is not a drawing demonstration per se, but an in depth explanation of the human body, its bones and muscles, and how they contribute to volume and form for drawing the human body. This is a very technical presentation as it explains the various bones and muscle groups and how they interact. The video is divided into chapters about different areas to break the information down, thus making it more accessible, and moves from head to toe including an explanation of the movement and proportions of the body. Muscle groups are noted as the power source of body movement. The human head is used as tradition to measure the various proportions of the body and this technique is carefully explained. The difference between male and female are noted as well. This video would require an attentive audience with a strong art foundation as it is wordy and detailed. The visuals are a combination of live models and examples from historic art sources, which makes for clever comparisons and reinforces the information in a very effective manner.
This is the only video of its kind produced specifically to address the needs of today’s artists and art students. This video takes the art student through the various sections of the body describing the surface forms, underlying bone structure, and how they combine to allow the human form to move. This video surveys the human body highlighting:
• muscular and skeletal systems
• simple and complex muscle groups
• crucial joints and body mechanisms
• visible landmarks
• body mechanics
Host: Larry Withers
Running time: 52 minutes
Artist Figure Drawing Resource