I've read here many times that people recommended Bridgman and Loomis, and I absolutely followed the recommendation and worked a little with Figure Drawing for all it's worth by Loomis and Constructive Anatomy, as well as The Human Machine, by Bridgman. I like them both very much!
Still, I'm curious which books - apart from books written by those authors - you consider great. Maybe Hogarth, or others? What would you essentially recommend?
Hogart is great, but his aproach to figure is pretty exaggerated. Brigdman is a nice example of analylical figure, with few strokes but everything is a landmark at the correct place, but his examples are a little too mechanical.
One of best for anatomy, but it goes a little too far for just an artist is: anatomy for the artist. by Sarah Simblet. If you master that book, you are just a monster at flesh & bones. But the same goes for Bridgman or Hogart. :p
Gottfried Bammes is a good one to learn from, even though you would need to have some good knowledge of german to read his books, his diagrams and plates are very well drawn and almost self explanitory... Dr. William Richter is also a very good source of knowledge.
I dont think the book by Sarah Simblet is at the same level as bridgman's, actually it is nowhere near the level of bridgman. Bridgman is far more sophisticated and his drawings can be unclear sometimes but they are genius.
It takes a while to understand his drawings though, if you are starting out it might be confusing at times.
Btw, I consider bridgman's drawings very gracefull and full of gesture, almost like the old masters. FAR from mechanical imo.
Sarah Simblet's book has some nice drawings and pictures in it but it doesnt really teach you how to think about the human body. Its pretty low on my list of artistic anatomy books.
I'm quite fond of my "Artistic Anatomy" by Walter Farrington Moses. He shows where the skeleton is inside the muscle mass. He also twist's the body around to show how the muscle has changed form. Hand drawn, somewhat loose, but looks very accurate for the most part.
Edit: wow, just looked it up on amazon. Cheapest one on there is 44 bucks. That's crazy.