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Human Anatomy for Artists

The Elements of Form

Eliot Goldfinger

Publication Date - November 1991

ISBN: 9780195052060

368 pages
Hardcover
9 x 12 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $74.00

The definitive guide to human anatomy for artists

Description

The power of the image of the nude--the expressivity of the flesh--has inspired artists from the beginning. An understanding of human form is essential for artists to be able to express themselves with the figure. Anatomy makes the figure. Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form is the definitive analytical work on the anatomy of the human figure.
No longer will working artists have to search high and low to find the information they need. In this, the most up-to-date and fully illustrated guide available, Eliot Goldfinger--sculptor, illustrator, scientific model-maker, and lecturer on anatomy--presents a single, all-inclusive reference to human form, capturing everything artists need in one convenient volume. Five years in the making, and featuring hundreds of photos and illustrations, this guide offers more views of each bone and muscle than any other book ever published: every structure that creates or influences surface form is individually illustrated in clear, carefully lit photographs and meticulous drawings. Informed by the detailed study of both live models and cadavers, it includes numerous unique presentations of surface structures--such as fat pads, veins, and genitalia--and of some muscles never before photographed. In addition, numerous cross sections, made with reference to CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging, and cut cadavers, trace the forms of all body regions and individual muscles. Information on each structure is placed on facing pages for ease of reference, and the attractive two-color format uses red ink to direct readers rapidly to important points and areas. Finally, an invaluable chapter on the artistic development of basic forms shows in a series of sculptures the evolution of the figure, head, and hands from basic axes and volumes to more complex organic shapes. This feature helps place the details of anatomy within the overall context of the figure.
Certain to become the standard reference in the field, Human Anatomy for Artists will be indispensable to artists and art students, as well as art historians. It will also be a useful aid for physical and dance therapists, athletes and their trainers, bodybuilders, and anyone concerned with the external form of the human body. With the renewed interest in figurative art today, this will be an especially welcome volume.

Features

  • Fully illustrated throughout
  • Offers more views of each bone and muscle than any other book
  • Numerous cross sections, made with reference to CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging, and cut cadavers, trace the forms of all body regions and individual muscles

About the Author(s)

Eliot Goldfinger, a renowned sculptor and illustrator, developed the anatomy program at The New York Academy of Art and has been an instructor at The Art Student's League in New York City.

Table of Contents

    The Skeleton
    The Joints
    Muscle Action at Joints
    The Muscles: Structure, Function, and Form
    Facial Muscles
    Expression of Emotions
    Head and Neck
    Trunk
    Shoulder
    Upper Arm
    Forearm
    Hand
    Hip
    Upper Leg
    Lower Leg
    Foot
    Surface Structures
    Eye
    Nose
    Mouth
    Ear
    Fat
    Skin (Hand and Foot)
    Skin Folds
    Breasts, Genitals
    Veins
    Proportion
    Mass Conceptions of the Figure
    Mass Conceptions of the Head
    Mass Conceptions of the Hand