Anatomy for Sculptors / Human Atlas 360

Anatomy for Sculptors is hands down the best anatomy reference book I have seen. The book was recently Kickstarted by Sandis Kondrats and Uldis Zarins. These men are both incredible artists, and experts in the field of anatomy. With this book, they’ve re-defined anatomy reference, and brought it forward to today’s standards of art instruction, making the subject much more interesting and understandable for today’s digital artists.

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The book contains minimal text, and instead focuses on giving you the most comprehensive views of the body, which are clearly labeled, color coded, and illustrated from every possible angle and pose. The book uses overlays to make sure you’re never second guessing the images, and wherever there is a distinction or variation in gender or race, it’s clearly illustrated. Just take a look at the video and images below, and you’ll see, as an artist, you need this book on your shelf.

If that weren’t enough, most of the images seen above, while also included in the book, were pulled from the official website, which is an incredible resource for artists in itself. There you’ll find dozens of images just like these, as well as links to more incredible anatomy resources around the web. The super keen can even purchase plaster casts directly from the site to sharpen their eyes with more focused study.

A book like this is well overdo, as many 3d interactive anatomy resources are already popping up all over the web. Not to be outdone, Sandis has already joined the fray and is currently Kickstarting a new project entitled, “Human Atlas 360.” The rewards of backing this project include a copy of Anatomy for Sculptors, so don’t miss your chance to get a great deal on both of these incredible resources.

“The Mystery Hat” Teaser

Crow, Pig, and Beaver are taking a nice stroll in the woods when they come across a red hat sitting in a puddle. Whose hat is it? What mysterious circumstances could have brought it to this very puddle? Crow thinks that Bear lost the hat when he fell into a giant hole. Perhaps Bear is holding his breath underground, waiting to be saved! Beaver thinks he’s got a better idea. Maybe Turtle, who was wearing the hat, was snatched up and made into yummy turtle soup by a crazed snowman! Can Pig come up with a logical explanation so that the friends can be rid of all these hogwash ideas?

Imaginations run wild in this hilarious picture book from Rune Brandt Bennicke and Jakob Hjort Jensen. The Mystery Hat is sure to get a chuckle from all during the cold winter months.

Movement & Form: The Youssef Drawing Syllabus

Veteran animation artist Samantha Youssef revealed her latest project today, “Movement & Form: The Youssef Drawing Syllabus.” Samantha writes,

“This is the complete first book of my figure drawing program, focusing on techniques of gesture drawing, posing, movement, body mechanics, and form. It is the foundation course that I teach to professional artists in the animation industry.”

We’ll let you know as soon as it launches so you can get your copy. Check out the book’s official website to learn more.

Study of Pose – 1000 Poses of Coco Rocha

Next week this massive tome of photography will be released.

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As the title suggests there’s 1000 poses, but there’s also an app included with the book that you can use to view each pose from every conceivable angle.

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This is a considerable resource for those studying animation and gesture drawing or virtually any other artistic endeavor for that matter. While there’s an incredible variety of poses to study, it is currently limited to just the one model. Hopefully more books like this are on the horizon that feature different models with a variety of body types.

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