Sunday, December 26, 2021

Anatomy for the Artist: A Complete Guide to Drawing the Human Body

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Anatomy for the Artist is a tutorial manual for human anatomy aimed at artists. Due out 1st March 2022 from Arcturus Publishing, it's 478 pages and will be available in ebook format. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. 

This is a comprehensive and accessible manual. The author's background in medical illustration, physics, and teaching comes through clearly in her extensive and coherent instructions. She presents the human body in line drawings with relevant anatomical terms in glossary lists scattered throughout. There are lists which include anatomical/medical spatial directions and an abbreviated list with Latin prefixes, but they're accessibly defined and not at all intimidating. Relevant lessons on themes such as texture, structure, and layering, are well illustrated with short tutorials in which students can find instruction and inspiration.

This would make a superlative choice for public or school library acquisition, artists/makers studio library, or home use.

Four and a half stars. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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