Who Moved the Body? a book review

There are lots of books on figure drawing with  drawings women and men posed nude eating fruit or looking tired. Classic Human Anatomy in Motion: The Artist’s Guide to the Dynamics of Figure Drawing is a comprehensive volume for artists, exploring how bodies move and how to draw them.

Classic anatomyValerie Winslow begins her exploration into drawing people with a look at bones, sinnews, joints and muscles. She illustrates how bodies bend and move, faces express, and how to depict continuous motion. One part scientific manual, one part Artist Technique book, Classic Human Anatomy in Motion is a great reference for Artists to hone their craft and to make their depictions of people more true-to-life.

The thirteen chapters each explore aspects of human bodies and how they move. Chapter One discusses the skeletal system (making watching Bones more enjoyable). Chapter two  examines joints, chapter three, Muscles and tendons. Chapter four looks at facial expressions while chapters five, six and seven take a closer look at the muscles o the neck and torso, the arm and hand, and the leg and foot. Chapter eight explores various body types and chapter nine explores preliminary structures for figure drawing. Chapters ten through thirteen explore how to draw bodies in motion.

I am glad to have read this book and recommend it for any interested in improving their drawing of people, artists that need a refresher course, or as an at-hand-reference book for artists. Five stars: ★★★★★

Not I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.

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