I have just started summer holidays and have planned to dedicate this 4 month period to improving my art and draftsmanship by any means necessary. To achieve that goal I am starting with an intensive study of anatomy and to aid this pursuit I have gathered a number of sources on the issue:
1- Master Class in Figure Drawing, by Roberet Beverly Hale
2- Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist, by Peck
3- Albinus On Anatomy by Robert Berverly Hale and Terence Coyle
4- Anatomy for the Artist, by Jeno Barksay
5- Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards.
Now I've been sitting for a couple of days looking at these books and trying to figure out the best way to go about studying from them with no success, as I move on from one to the other. I do not know what to start with, do I start by drawing individual bones, or by drawing the skeleton, or different muscle groupings or by life drawing from the various images found in these books. Do I need to worry about the shading when dealing with muscles and bones or is the line the most important factor. I am willing to put in 15 hours a day or more but I need a point to start from. What is frustrating me is the lack of instructions. Shading is an important part of making a realistic form but non of my books touch on it.
I am planing on going to life drawing classes but as these are expensive to attend and are limited in time, I figured studying from books is the best way to go.
Your help and insight is much appreciated as I have been a lurker for some time and have read many many useful posts.
Thanks for time!!