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Anatomy for the Artist
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Sarah Simblet John Davies
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Anatomy for the Artist

Sarah Simblet John Davies


Dorling Kindersley

Art & Architecture;
Drawing & drawings;
Human figures depicted in art;
Painting & art manuals


252 pages

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An essential and visually striking reference guide that takes a fresh approach to drawing the human body. * More than 250 specially commissioned photographs and 100 drawings are used to reveal and celebrate the body * Drawings and photographs interact to illustrate the relationship between the surface appearance of the human form and the complexities of its underlying structure * Practical drawing lessons explain how to visualise and draw each part of the body * Ten masterclasses examine world-famous paintings, to explore each artist's attitude, knowledge and use of anatomy Anatomy For The Artist is the ideal reference work for all who want a comprehensive and contemporary perspective on drawing the human form.

By:   Sarah Simblet
Photographs by:   John Davies
Imprint:   Dorling Kindersley
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 290mm,  Width: 246mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   1.646kg
ISBN:   9780751334418
ISBN 10:   0751334413
Pages:   252
Publication Date:   February 2002
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sarah Simblet is an artist and academic specialising in anatomy. She has a studio in Oxford and holds the positions of Tutor in Drawing in the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, and Visiting Lecturer in the Royal College of Art, London.

Despite the glossy cover and presentation, this turns out to be a serious and thorough guide to the structures of the human body and how to represent them. Unlike most anatomical texts intended for artists which tend to rely on drawings alone, this book uses drawings and photographs of both male and female models to reveal, illustrate and explain the human form in detail. Beginning with a short history of the art of anatomy, Sarah Simblet covers - or rather uncovers - the systems of the body from the skeleton to the skin; each part of the body is then dealt with separately and the body is then looked at as a whole, both at rest and in movement. Innovative features in the book include the use of transparent overlays when dealing with individual parts of the body to show the skeletal and muscular features determining the outward form, and masterclasses explaining the way artists from Michelangelo to Bacon have chosen to deal with human anatomy. Finally, there are drawing classes where Simblet, who teaches at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, shows how she, as an artist, responds to the challenges of anatomical drawing. As well as being an unequivocally formal and academic work on anatomy, the book's appeal as a celebration of the human form should not be ignored. John Davis's specially commissioned photographs are dazzling and uncompromising studies of the naked body and, while Simblet's approach to the nude is broadly representational and ultra-accurate, there is a twist and edge to her work which makes it jump. A guide for artists and an artwork in itself. (Kirkus UK)

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