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Simplifying the skeleton

  Simplifying the skeleton The skeleton can be an intimidating thing to approach, not for it’s halloween persona or supernatural qualities but simply because of its complexity. Not just in form with its processes and tuberosities but also in language with its profusion of latin names and terms. Once I started to become familiar with… Read more »

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Perfectly in Proportion?

Good proportions are critical to a convincing drawing but what precisely makes ‘good proportions’? How heroes are made There are various canons of proportion; The figure 7 1/2 heads high, as discussed in Richer’s Artistic Anatomy, is perhaps the most widely accepted modern canon. There is the heroic 8 or even 9 head figure used… Read more »

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Écorché Skull at the Ruskin Art and Anatomy Summer school

I made this écorché skull under the direction of sculptor Eleanor Crook, as part of an inspiring summer school at the Ruskin School of Art: Focussing on ‘Art and Anatomy’ the summer school included a generous amount of drawing time along with sculpture, lectures, discussions and presentations. I’ll be doing a few more posts on the… Read more »

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Starting with the skull: anatomy

I’m starting with the skull in my quest to draw the figure from memory. It’s my benchmark for learning anatomy and a great way to check that I am actually making progress in line with my anatomy strategy. We covered this in one of the LARA anatomy sessions last term. It all made perfect sense… Read more »

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Learning Anatomy

At first when I tried to learn anatomy I had no idea where to start. I had the books, but each time I looked at them I was lost. What was I supposed to do with all this information? How was I supposed to learn it all, let alone use it? How, exactly, was any… Read more »

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Anatomy – Strategy

Anatomy strategy I’ve been studying anatomy for a little while now; I’ve been to workshops with Alan McGowan, and attended the anatomy sessions at LARA. I feel like I’ve made progress in my anatomy studies but it’s hard to tell, so I’ve decided to set some goals, track my progress and hope that you will… Read more »

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Why learn anatomy?

When I first started trying to learn anatomy I found it really difficult. I knew it would really improve my drawing but I wasn’t sure exactly how. I was (and still am) finding it so hard; I decided to analyse why I am trying to learn and what it will do for my drawing. My… Read more »