A comprehensive, yet flexible and holistic approach to the human body for artists, Roberto Osti’s method of teaching anatomy is exhaustive, but never loses sight of the fact that this understanding should lead to the creation of art.
Basic Human Anatomy teaches artists the simple yet powerful formula artists have used for centuries to draw the human figure from the inside out. Osti, using the basic system of line, shape, and form used by da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo, takes readers step-by-step through all the lessons needed in order to master this essential foundation skill. Organized progressively, the book shows readers how to replicate the underlying structure of the body using easy-to-understand scales and ratios; conceptualize the front and side views of the skeleton with basic shapes; add detail with simplified depictions of complex bones and joints; draw a muscle map of the body with volumetric form and realistic dimension; master the feet, hands, and skull to create realistic renderings of the human form; and apply a deeper knowledge of anatomy to finished drawings for more impact.
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Roberto Osti's Basic Human Anatomy has been an invaluable addition to my library of texts devoted to the study of the human form. As an artist and student, I have poured over countless texts throughout the years with the goal of better understanding the human form. As an educator (I teach figure painting, drawing, and anatomy at Laguna College of Art and Design) I have sought out the most useful methods for teaching artistic anatomy. In my search, I have found few books that exhibit the level of quality exhibited in Osti's Basic Human Anatomy. I believe that Osti has a place among the great names in anatomy education: Robert Beverly Hale, Gottfried Bammes, George Bridgman, Dr. Paul Richer, Elliot Goldfinger, to name a few. As a student at the New York Academy of Art I had the good fortune to attend Osti's anatomy lectures and drawing class. To watch Osti make life-size drawings of the human anatomy while simultaneously delivering his lecture was an incredible experience. All artists...
Human Anatomy by Roberto Osti is the best book of anatomy for a person who wants to bring his knowledge of anatomy to the next level. I am physician MD and artist. I have been through many textbooks. But Roberto Osti book will give you a technic that allows you to draw the figure without a model under your eyes. It will give you this ability to draw a realistic and well proportionate figure from your imagination. For the beginner, it is a complete book that gives you clear and easy to access information step by step. Roberto Osti studied illustration for anatomy book at State Institute of Art in Bologna in Italy. He is the author of publications with Natural History Magazine, Scientific American Magazine, Scientific American Mind, Scientific American Explorations, Scientific American Books, Prentice Hall, Scholastic Books, MacGraw Hill, New York Times-Science Times, Wexcards—Progressive Publishing, Oxford University Press, National Academy of Sciences, Houghton-Mifflin,...
An in depth guide to the anatomy of the human through drawing. The book provides a clear step by step process on how to approach not only drawing the human figure but understanding how our skeleton and muscle structure affect the mark making process more than you would have ever realized. By the end of this book you will not only have confidence to approach drawing from observation but you will leave with the knowledge on how to manipulate it, as you now understand how every muscle and bone ultimately affect the fluidity of your drawn line. An excellent guide that supports you every step of the way, a book I will use and refer back to for the rest of my artist career.
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