Thursday, January 20, 2011

Four Questions I Wish Could be Answered Without Excessive Study



  1. Hey, do you have Dr. Paul Richer's "Artistic Anatomy"? If not, I'd really recommend it. There's a lot of shitty anatomy books for artists, but I think that one is great. Half of it is simply reading material and the other half is comprised of simple, elegant diagrams, layer by layer.

    I've had the fortune of studying for a brief time under a master medical illustrator, which really brought to light a lot of subtleties of the human form. He could draw the figure inside and out at a larger than-life scale, from his head. As for the mouth corner specifically, check out the orbicularis oris. The mouth is a sphincter, basically.

    Anyhoodle, I love your enthusiastic observations, and I would love to see how those keen habits of yours would grow with life drawing. :)


  2. Neuroticrobotic:

    Thanks for the recommendation, I'll definitely check it out.

    Oh how lucky! That must have been wonderful!

    I'm aware of the muscles (orbicularis oris practically says its purpose in the name), I really want greater detail on what it's shape is, what else is in there giving the area that shape, and where do most artists choose to say that area "ends".

    Yes, life drawing should happen more often. Thank you. :)