Book Review: Classic Human Anatomy in Motion: The Artist’s Guide to the Dynamics of Figure Drawing by Valerie L. Winslow

Classic Human Anatomy in Motion: The Artist's Guide to the Dynamics of Figure Drawing

I’m always looking for new books to help improve my creative and artistic skills, so when this anatomy drawing book became available, I was really excited.  My figure drawing is always slightly disproportionate, so I was hoping this book would help SHOW me how to correct that.

When I received the book, I quickly opened it and found lots of WORDS and not a lot of examples.  As a visual learner trying to improve my art, I was baffled and confused by the lack of art in this book.  Because of this, I set the book aside, hoping my next impression might be more favorable to actually reading through this 300+ page book.

Alas, my first impression stuck with me.  Perhaps the overly technical, bone-level illustrations were too advanced for my needs, but it definitely wasn’t what I was expecting.  The words may be very useful and helpful to some, but I can’t imagine that too many artists would add this book to their collection.  I’ve included some sample images below so that you can see what I’m talking about.  I don’t think this book will be of much use to me, so I’ll try to find someone that will get use out of it.

From the Publisher:

This essential companion book to the bestselling Classic Human Anatomy provides artists and art students with a deeper understanding of human anatomy and different types of motion, inspiring more realistic and energetic figurative art.

Fine-art instruction books do not usually focus on anatomy as it relates to movement, despite its great artistic significance. Written by a long-time expert on drawing and painting human anatomy, Classic Human Anatomy in Motion offers artists everything they need to realistically draw the human figure as it is affected by movement. Written in a friendly style, the book is illustrated with hundreds of life drawing studies (both quick poses and long studies), along with charts and diagrams showing the various anatomical and structural components.

This comprehensive manual features 5 distinct sections, each focusing on a different aspect of the human figure: bones and joint movement, muscle groups, surface form and soft tissue characteristics, structure, and movement. Each chapter builds an artistic understanding of how motion transforms the human figure and can create a sense of expressive vibrancy in one’s art.

I received a copy of this book through Blogging for Books, in exchange for an honest review.

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