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    Anatomy/Figure Drawing Books

    I'm a first year student at an art college and I'm trying to build my own reference collection since the books at the school library have a tendency to disappear. I've been looking at Richer's "Artistic Anatomy" at the library but I'm open to other recommendations.

    Which anatomy/figure drawing book would you recommend to me, and why?

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    Last edited by Flake; March 4th, 2008 at 08:31 PM.
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    I've never read Peck, but I 2nd the recommendation for Bridgman and Loomis.

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    I'd also go with Loomis.

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    I hate to admit I'm not real familiar with Bridgeman or Loomis... but they ALWAYS come up in any discussion of good anatomy books. Peck I can vouch for though... his "Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist" is terrific!

    For a different perspective, you might also consider Muybridge's "Human Figure in Motion"

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    I'd say Bridgman definitely. I also like Vilppu's figure drawing manual, Bammes', and Anthony Ryder's book.

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    Bammes is definitely a favorite but harder to find as real book because most of it is not printed in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    Bammes is definitely a favorite but harder to find as real book because most of it is not printed in the US.

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    I got the Artist's guide to human anatomy from Bammes, thinking it was a translation, but it's a really stripped down version (142 pages or so) with mostly artwork from students, I was really disappointed when I got it. My bad for not paying attention to the page count when I ordered it.

    Is the German version worth getting even if your German isn't that good? The cheapest version I could find was 79 euro's on amazon.de, pretty hefty price-tag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MidgardSerpent View Post
    I got the Artist's guide to human anatomy from Bammes, thinking it was a translation, but it's a really stripped down version (142 pages or so) with mostly artwork from students, I was really disappointed when I got it. My bad for not paying attention to the page count when I ordered it.

    Is the German version worth getting even if your German isn't that good? The cheapest version I could find was 79 euro's on amazon.de, pretty hefty price-tag.
    The student version got me interested in finding his other books to be honest. I think the way he had them do the geometric versions of the skull and ribcage sold me.

    I did download the German titles elsewhere and I will say they're very much worth it even if you can't read German. I'd love to know what' he's saying but the pictures told me enough to understand a lot more than I ever got from other figure drawing books.

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    I wonder why they call him a Russian figure sketcher, isn't he German?

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    Thank you, everyone! I've found most of the books on Amazon, including a few that one of my life drawing teachers mentioned (and was kidnapped from the library, apparently). I'll have to go through the list carefully soon and decide which one(s) to purchase first.

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