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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 March 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217374
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 210x295 mm
  • Illustrations: 607
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: £17.99

Artist's Guide to Human Anatomy


by Giovanni Civardi

Book Description

A beautifully illustrated introduction to the study of human anatomy by best-selling artist and author, Giovanni Civardi. 

An approachable and informative guide to studying and drawing the human form by best-selling master artist Giovanni Civardi. 

This invaluable addition to Civardi's highly regarded collection of instructional art books illustrates and describes the importance of understanding the inner workings of the human body, through to composing accurate life drawings with pencil and paper.

Begin by discovering the journey artists have taken through the centuries to accurately delineate the human figure. Learn and understand how our bones and muscles play their roles in our shapes, gestures and movement. Every essential aspect of anatomy is supported by photographs and diagrams, along with beautifully drawn examples by the artist.

This comprehensive manual offers the perfect introduction and reference guide to drawing the human form, whether you are an experienced artist or a practised student studying the art of life drawing.

Table of Contents

Preface to the fourth edition 7
Preface to the first edition 9

General information about the study of anatomy 11
Definition of anatomy 11
Anatomy and art: historical notes 11
The morphological method 14
Concepts of normality and variation 15
Anatomical topography and terminology 16
Evolution, race, constitutional types, sexual dimorphism 22
Notes on the macroscopic structure 30
Notes on the microscopic structure 32
General information about the shape of the human body 33
General information about the proportions of the human body 34
The historical development of proportional canons 37

Anatomy of the locomotor system: general information 42
The skeletal component: osteology 42
The articular component: arthrology 51
The muscular component: myology 54
Bone and muscle reference points on the nude body 66
The integumentary system 66
Superficial veins 68
Subcutaneous adipose tissue 68

Introduction 72
The head 75
- Notes on external morphology 75
- Osteology 77
- Arthrology 88
- Myology 89
- Head muscles of interest for artistic representation 91
- The eye 100
- The nose 102
- The lips 103
- The ear 104
- The function of facial muscles in expressions 106
The trunk 109
- Notes on external morphology 109
The spine 112
- Osteology 112
- Arthrology 114
- Myology 117
The neck 118
- Osteology 118
- Arthrology 118
The chest 119
- Osteology 119
- Arthrology 120
The abdomen 123
- Osteology 123
- Arthrology 123
- Myology 124
- Trunk muscles of interest for artistic representation 132
- The neck 159
- The shoulder 161
- The armpit 162
- The breast 163
- The navel 165
- The external genital organs 165
- The buttock 166
The upper limbs 168
- Notes on external morphology 168
- Osteology 169
- Arthrology 172
- Myology 174
- Muscles of the upper limbof interest for artistic representation 181
- The arm 196
- The elbow 197
- The forearm 198
- The wrist 199
- The hand 200
The lower limbs 203
- Notes on external morphology 203
- Osteology 205
- Arthrology 208
- Myology 209
- Muscles of the lower limb of interest for artistic representation 218
- The thigh 232
- The knee 233
- The leg 234
- The ankle 235
- The foot 236

Anatomy and drawing: from structure to shape 240
Notes on static and dynamic dimensions of the human body 242
Bibliography 250
Anatomical index 252

About the Author

About Giovanni Civardi

Giovanni Civardi was born in Milan in 1947. While training to become a sculptor, portrait artist and illustrator at the Free Life-Study School of the Accademia di Brera, he also studied medicine and surgery. For over a decade, he worked as an illustrator, producing commissions for newspapers, magazines and book covers. During frequent trips to France and Denmark, Civardi put on one-man exhibitions of this work and pursued his interest in studying the relationship between medical anatomy and the human form as depicted by the artist. His experience gained from teaching anatomy, life drawing and portraiture in schools and institutions over many years has led to the publication of numerous books in which Civardi's experiences are brought into focus.

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