The Foundation of Figurative Art Is...
// Artist Daily
In figure drawing and painting, knowing the ins and outs of the human body is essential. There's no way around that fact, and honing our skills with anatomy drawing helps us understand and truly see the body more accurately than any other endeavor.
|Drawing by Stephen Schultz. |
I was flipping through one of my eye-candy books, The Perception of Appearance: A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawing, trying to figure out a way to convey the importance of human anatomy for artists. As I thumbed through the book, I saw so many different interpretations of the body. Some sketches, such as those by Stephen Schultz and Don Southard, were crudely drawn; others, by such artists as Kent Bellows and Stephen Assael, were more fully realized.
Some sketches were developed solely with line and contour as in the work of Charles Cajori while others from Fred Dalkey were hewn with gradation and shading and seemed to be carved out of the very paper they were drawn upon. But each drawing, no matter how it was rendered, belonged in the book because they all exhibited a strong knowledge of how to draw a human body.
|Model Looking at the Light by Fred Dalkey, |
2011, silver point drawing with sgrafitto,
9 5/16 x 7.
A subscription to Drawing magazine is a great place to start your explorations of how to draw a human body or to brush up on your knowledge of human anatomy for artists. Almost every issue takes on an essential area of the body from the artist's perspective and makes exploring anatomy drawing a focused, pinpointed endeavor as you strengthen your skills. Enjoy!
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