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Anatomy Lessons From the Great Masters by Robert Beverly Hale and Terence Coyle
This classic book, whose foremost author was one of the great artistic anatomy teachers of the twentieth century, is an invaluable instructor and reference guide for any professional, amateur, or student artist who depicts the human form. Revealing the drawing principles behind one hundred inspiring masterpieces, the book presents work by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rubens, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, and other greats. These superb portrayers of figures knew that the secret of drawing them was seeing how underlying bone and muscle structures mold the body’s surface forms. Readers are shown how to learn from these great examples as the authors guide them through all the steps they would take in a life class or studio working with live models.
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Human Proportions for Artists by Avard T. Fairbanks and Eugene F. Fairbanks
This 232 page book has a spiral bounding for ease in the studio. This book is of particular interest to students and serious amateurs. It discusses human proportions and includes profuse illustrations and tables of about 120 representative human measurements of both male and female figures in inch and metric dimensions for comparison from heroic size to 1/12 life size with 10 sizes in between. Includes chapters on: Historic Review of Human Proportions, Comparative and Relative Proportions, Anatomic Ratio Measurements in Human Proportions, Features of Hands and Feet, Design Balance and Rhythm, Simple Forms, Arches and Their Significance in the Human Body, Three Dimensional Forms and Solid Figures, plus Symmetry and Dynamic Symmetry.
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Constructive Anatomy by George B. Bridgman
Over 500 illustrations; instructional text. "Best book on artist’s anatomy."-Art Students League News. Paperback 170 pgs 6-1/2in x 9-1/4in.
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Animal Anatomy for Artists - The Elements of Form by Eliot Goldfinger
From the author of the classic Human Anatomy for Artists comes this user-friendly reference guide featuring over five hundred original drawings and over seventy photographs. Animal Anatomy for Artists offers thorough, in-depth information about the most commonly depicted animals, presented in a logical and easily understood format for artists – whether beginner or accomplished professional. Goldfinger not only covers the anatomy of the more common animals, such as the horse, dog, cat, cow, pig, squirrel and rabbit, but also the anatomy of wild species, including lion, giraffe, deer, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, elephant, gorilla, sea lion and bear.
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Included are drawings of skeletons and how they move at the joints, individual muscles showing their attachments on the skeleton, muscles of the entire animal, cross sections, photographs of live animals and silhouettes of related animals comparing their shapes and proportions. He offers a new and innovative section on the basic body plan of four-legged animals, giving the reader a crucial conceptual understanding of overall animal structure to which the details of individual animals can then be applied. The chapter on birds covers the skeleton, muscles and feather patterns. The appendix presents photographs of skulls with magnificent horns and antlers and a section on major surface veins. Hardcover; 9.25 in x 12 in., 242 pps. B&W drawings and photos. To see more images, click here

Portrait Sculpting by Philippe & Charisse Faraut
Here is the most complete and comprehensive book on modeling the portrait in clay. Over 550 photographs of sixty-five different sculptures are used to show a series of exercises organized in a progressive manner. This text offers art students; painters, illustrators, forensic artists and sculptors interested in accurately depicting the human face an invaluable source of knowledge. For the beginner, the step-by-step method provides a means to achieve fast results as well as a solid foundation in the knowledge of anatomy. For the advanced artist, there is a wealth of information on such topics as, the aging process, mechanics of expression, and advanced rubber mold making.

Atlas Of Animal Anatomy for Artists by W. Ellenberger, H. Baum & H. Dittrich
Here are 288 remarkable life like drawings of animal, furnishing artists and students with an easy to follow method of instruction in the drawing (and sculpting) of horses, dogs, lions, and many more. The animals are shown in three ways; external full detail views (paws, head, eyes, legs, etc); beneath the skin drawings (muscles and their positioning); and skeletal drawings. In addition, special cross-sections dissect those portions of the animal - such as the head and limbs - that are most important to the artist.
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The Nude Figure by Mark Edward Smith
While no reference book can replace an actual studio session with a live model, this book, while having some shortcomings, is one of the better photo reference books available. There a lots of photos with lots of different poses.The problem with this book is the relative lack of male reference photos, only about 10% of the pictures are of males. There are not many books of photographs for students of the figure and this is a good sourcebook.
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Artistic Anatomy by Dr. Paul Richer
Long recognized as a classic, this famous text treats the subject with scientific accuracy, yet with aesthetic sensibilities. One of the best, most complete guides to the forms of the human body. 256pp.
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Dynamic Anatomy by Burne Hogarth
An extremely accurate drawn reference to the human body in motion. The drawings are over-muscled for easy visibility. and especially recommend it if you have some trouble with hands. Though Mr. Hogarth died only a few years ago, this text illustrates the relevant muscle groups in his inimitable style. Unlike some anatomy books, this doesn't have skeletal references which most art schools would instruct as the basis of figure drawing. 232pp.
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Dynamic Wrinkles & Drapery by Burne Hogarth
An excellent text on clothing and all types of free flowing cloth for all levels of artist. Hogarth´s exploration of the fabric is exhibited through a series of extraordinary drawings and diagrams. His basic idea is that an accurate rendering of wrinkle patterns depends on understanding how the actions of a figure provoke any material. 144pp.
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Human Anatomy For Artists by Eliot Goldfinger
The power of the image of the nude-the expressiveness of the flesh-has always inspired artists. This text now provides the definitive analytical work on the anatomy of the human figure. The single most all- reference to the human form. 256pp.
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Modeling & Sculpting The Human Figure by Edouard Lanteri
Covers the sculpture process from beginning to end. It has sections on casting, measurements and frameworks. Techniques such as reliefs, medals and full composition are also discussed. 480pp.

Modeling & Sculpting Animals by Edouard Lanteri
Thorough guide to anatomy, methods of construction, required tools and materials for nature sculpture. Also includes a comprehensive exposition of casting in plaster. 352pp.

Modeling the Head in Clay by Edouard Lanteri & Margit Malmstrom
One of today's best known classical sculptors Bruno Lucchesi, demonstrates his personal techniques for capturing the elusive and compelling features of the human head and face. Also see his video Sculpting the portrait. 160pp. 250 B&W illus.

Modeling the Figure in Clay by Edouard Lanteri & Margit Malmstrom
One of today's best known classical sculptors Bruno Lucchesi, demonstrates his personal techniques for capturing the elusive and compelling features of the human head and face. Also see his video Sculpting the portrait. 160pp. 250 B&W illus.

Leonardo Da Vinci on the Human Body by Leonardo Leonardo da Vinci
Here are clear reproductions of over 1200 anatomical drawings by one of humanity’s greatest geniuses—still considered, nearly five centuries later, the finest ever rendered. Admired by artists and scientists alike. 215 plates. 506pp soft-cover dimensions: 8 3/8 x 11 3/4
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Figure Sculpture in Wax & Plaster by Richard McDermott Miller 
Step-by-step guide to materials and tools, modeling in wax and plaster, hollow wax modeling, plaster molds, and much more. 281 photographs.

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