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Post #655 • November 9, 2005, 10:30 AM • 9 Comments

Okay. Now I can work on getting Go See Art up off its face post-Wilma.




November 10, 2005, 12:15 AM

Congratulations on the launch of your online art anatomy text. I may not use it much - I just never learned to make good use of labels. But I look forward to viewing 350 or so anti-perfect illustrations.

Leonardo said to start with the limbs, but your list is headed by the rectus abdominis: the tummy. Hm.



November 10, 2005, 5:54 AM

Good observation. From the text:

The organization of this book is designed to match the priorities of figure drawing. The common system in books on this topic is to start at the head and work down, although one book begins with the arm and another, the eye.

After some initial thoughts on the art of figure drawing, this book begins with the lower torso. The pelvis and the forms attached to it from above are the controlling masses of the body, an idea common to figure drawing, martial arts, and certain spiritual traditions. Here lies the center of gravity, which the rest of the body is obliged to maintain, and the root of the spine, which is the origin of most movement in the body (as anyone with a bad back can attest).

From here the book proceeds to the shoulder girdle, which is the origin of movement for the arms and head. Next comes the thigh and lower leg, the upper and lower arm, and the neck and throat. Last is the foot, hand, and head.

This center-outward approach is not as obvious as the top-down approach, but it corresponds to the needs of figure drawing, which requires the establishment of large central masses before locating limbs and extremities. As a result, the information will be more immediately applicable to one's figure drawing than if the head-to-toe order had been used.



November 10, 2005, 6:47 AM

Franklin, the script is clear and ordered - even a 'bone-head' (get it) like myself can navigate it's simple structure. This would be a mandatory resource for any anatomy class that I would teach (if allowed); yet given the restrictions in schools today, this may not be possible. Ones contemporary understanding of 'insertions' deals with pornography, not muscular order.
I, like you paint and draw for death.
-see you later



November 10, 2005, 6:53 AM

Oh yes, I'll try to check out 'Masterworks of Chinese painting: In Pusuit of Mists and Clouds' at the Williams College Museum of Art.



November 10, 2005, 7:05 AM

check out the goals of the Arts Grant Program at



November 10, 2005, 7:13 AM

Fred Liang was one of my most important teachers...



November 10, 2005, 7:22 AM

he's at massart in boston.


that guy

November 10, 2005, 12:56 PM

If you are accepting outside artist's contribution for the illustrations please don't hesitate to give me a chapter or two. Are the illustrations already done, and not yet posted?



November 10, 2005, 2:56 PM

Guy, illustrations don't exist yet, and I'm balancing the prospect of handling other peoples' contributions in an equitable manner with the prospect of this thing being done anytime soon. I'm open to suggestions on this.



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