Monday, December 21, 2015
Classic Human Anatomy in Motion, by Valerie L Winslow, is as beautiful as it is practical.
I recently resurrected a long-neglected drawing practice, so I was thrilled at the opportunity to review this book. It did not disappoint. As an artist and a yoga teacher, I am fascinated with the human body... how it all works, how it moves together, how nothing acts in isolation, but instead works in harmony with everything around it. It is the perfect marriage of science and art, and the author of this book understands this so very well.
An in-depth study of joints, muscles, and bones; a detailed primer on accurately representing it all through pencil and paper; AND a gorgeous coffee table book all in one, this is a book I will refer to again and again. What makes the book truly great is that it doesn't just show you - for example - how to draw a hand. It helps you understand what is going on beneath the hand, making your artwork richer, more balanced, and more realistic. Covering everything from facial expressions to arm and leg movements, to full nudes, this book covers everything you need to know about drawing or painting the human body, and then some.
It is a must for any artist, from the beginner to the most experienced. Detailed, thorough, and packed with information and beautiful images, it should be on everyone's shelf.... whether you are an artist, want to be one, or just appreciate the wonder of the human form.
*I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*