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    Human anatomy book for study sketches

    Hi all! I'm having some trouble making the Search bar work (because I use Komodo Dragon?), so I want to ask here if you can recommend me a human anatomy (or non-human) book with illustrations that I can copy in sketches to get better at drawing them? Much thanks in advance!

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    David K Rubins "The Human Figure" +
    George B. Bridgman "The Human Machine"
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    Knock yourself out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordLouis View Post
    David K Rubins "The Human Figure" +
    George B. Bridgman "The Human Machine"
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    Knock yourself out.
    OP, if you need a bit of help with why those two books are good together and how to get the most out of them, I really recommend Marshall Vandruff's Anatomy for Artists (http://theartdepartment.org/streamin...my-for-artists). I was really unimpressed with Bridgeman because I realllly didn't understand what he was doing, but this class helped me understand why studying Bridgeman is a good idea. (And to be fair, some of his drawings are just plain wrong in what they depict--see the attachment. Seriously wtf were you doing there, Bridgeman?)

    So it's really not recommended you follow his anatomy off a cliff. What he's really good at teaching is how to simplify enough that you can draw the anatomy from imagination and render it correctly. With Rubins as a supplement, it's very good practice.


    This is on page 222 of the complete guide to drawing from life. Cue Psycho music.

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    You should draw real human beings and use the anatomy books to help you understand what you are drawing, not copy the the drawings in the books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arenhaus View Post
    You should draw real human beings and use the anatomy books to help you understand what you are drawing, not copy the the drawings in the books.
    Any particular reason why you think copying the drawings is a bad idea? I've heard the side that says it's a good idea and currently agree with it, but I'm capable of changing my mind.


    My experience so far in copying the drawings has been positive, in that I've spotted many errors that I wouldn't have seen otherwise and I understand his text better. Don't get me wrong, it's not a replacement for drawing from life by any means, I agree with that. I just think it nets more positives than negatives.

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    You should draw real human beings and use the anatomy books to help you understand what you are drawing, not just copy the the drawings in the books.
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    For some people, copying diagrams can be a useful study aid in conjunction with direct observation. But it's never a substitute.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonberry View Post
    Hi all! I'm having some trouble making the Search bar work (because I use Komodo Dragon?), so I want to ask here if you can recommend me a human anatomy (or non-human) book with illustrations that I can copy in sketches to get better at drawing them? Much thanks in advance!
    This wasn't just moved from another part of the forum, correct?
    Because the sticky threads in this forum list a TON of anatomy books.

    Pick one and draw a lot, rinse lather repeat. There is no rule that you can only use one book, but the one result of drawing a lot is eventually you get better at something. Either you get better at line, copying or observing. Then you realize there's a weak point and if you like doing this...experience and learning thing to get better you work on that too.

    Please do us a favor though on any book you choose. Read it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    This wasn't just moved from another part of the forum, correct?
    Because the sticky threads in this forum list a TON of anatomy books.
    I moved it from the tutorials section.
    EDIT: No, wait, I didn't, that was a different thread. So yeah, stickies .


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