Hogarth is pretty decent. I like his art.
But, I don't like learning from his books.
Hogarth doesn't meantion bone structure AT ALL. While I was studying from Dynamic Anatomy I'd be drawing various arms, poses, etc; and I'd just be wondering "why does this go here? What's this muscle even DO?!"
I've been studying Stephen Roger Pecks "Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist." It's REALLY in depth. It goes through each bone, talks about it's shape/form, explains where ever muscle attaches to the bones, etc. It explains all the muscles after that. It even goes onto a little bit about where the fat is regularly deposited, goes into the vascular system, the anatomy of different parts (like the eye, teeth, etc). Now I'm not just looking at a line or a curve, I'm looking in the mirror and saying to myself "ok, there's my sternomastoid. It attaches down by my sternum." Instead of saying "there's those two lines that go down your neck.
When you read a hogarth book you just see those two muscles there. You don't know where they attach. Why they're there. You don't know what they do. You just know to draw it in there.
Studying bone structure and muscular structure has helped out drawing arms a lot. I had trouble with them before. I didn't know where to draw everything, how it should look. Now when I look at an arm I can envision in my head the humerus, follow it down and actually SEE the medial and lateral epicondyles (before I just knew there were two bumps... never knew what it was), I can follow the Ulna all the way down to the lateral side of the wrist. I try to envision the radius in my head. I can see the difference of the ulna and radius positions when in palmar and prone positions. Muscles make more sense now.
When I look at a face I can (try to) see all the bones. The occipital (sp?) protuberance, the zygomatic bone, I understand how the eye lays in it's socket now, I understand how the ear is placed in relationship to the ramus of your mandible.
The only problem is, it takes much more time to learn from. You're not just learning some muscles from copying drawings, you're learning what's underneath the skin and how it operates. You're not just learning to draw a car; you're learning how the engine operates. I think it'll take longer, but I think my anatomy will be much much better in the end.
So, there's my rant there.
Oh yeah... If you go back and look at the old masters, they used to cut open dead people to study the bone structure that way! I think it's extremely important. But... yeah... just my lengthy opinion.
Last edited by Patton Art; September 5th, 2002 at 03:17 AM.