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07-11-2005, 06:01 PM

Please post your BEST ANATOMY STUDIES here ~ these may be 2D or 3D Traditional or Digital copies from books, life, online reference, etc.


Please post:

1. Your BEST WORK!
2. Medium used
3. Time spent to complete
4. A bit about your process and the reference you used.

Thanks in advance for your posts! :)


07-11-2005, 06:31 PM
Wrong forum...

07-11-2005, 06:51 PM
Guy In Rubber Suit,

These are lovely drawings, but this particular thread is really for drawings of Anatomical studies of Bones and Muscles ~ not finished figures. Would you mind terribly posting your work on this thread: Life Drawings - Post Your Best 5 Pages Of Life Drawings! (http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?t=257531)

No worries, it's a bit confusing with several similar threads in the forum. ;)

Thank you! :)


07-12-2005, 03:53 AM
Here's a few samples of bone and muscle structure I drew from an anatomy book.

http://img310.imageshack.us/img310/3286/anatomy9qz.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us/)

Medium: pencil on a cheap sketchpad.

Time spent: Not really sure. Many, many hours. (Though I can probably tell you which movies I watched while working on the skeleton. I've always been able to do that for some odd reason.)

Process & Reference: I had an anatomy book I picked up while in school and decided to get better aquanted with the inner workings of the human body. So I opened it up and began drawing. My plan was to go through each major bone and muscle group and attempt to learn what those where without having to look it up. But, unfortunately, work didn't allow me much time and before I knew it, I was working on dozens of other projects in my spare time.

But who knows, now that this forum is here to put a fire under my butt, maybe I'll blow the dust off that anatomy book and get back to it. Great thread Rebeccak!

07-12-2005, 09:08 AM
Medium: Digital (openCanvas,Painter,Photoshop)

Time spent: each piece about 1 hours.

Process & Reference: i use photo reference to do these sketch.it has fun to use many media brushes do sketch in digital way.




07-12-2005, 03:27 PM
Hi zhuzhu,

I know that I asked the same question
in "best 5 pages from sketchbook" thread but your
explanations were quite unclear to me...

So I ask again.
How to create such nice watercolor effect ?
Could you give a short, step-by-step tutorial on that.
I would be grateful.

Once again great work from you...


07-12-2005, 03:34 PM

This is so exciting! I am thrilled to see such great work!

Thanks for these posts, guys! :)


07-12-2005, 08:45 PM
oh la la.amazing stuff!

07-12-2005, 11:40 PM
zbrush used in a 2D manner. I don't know if this qualifies as a study because I didn't use a model. What is a study, anyhow?

time: about a hour.
Process: I have no earthly idea. I was brand new to zbrush demo and was just pushing levers and turning gears.

07-13-2005, 03:21 PM
well since it is an artistic thread i don't know if this bit of facts will be appreciated. but until i post some sketches here is some gyan(wisdom) on the skeleton:. gyan may be wrong .feel free to take my case than.

1) the skeleton is divided into two main categories
a) axial

skull proper+mandible(jaw),rib cage,vertebral column, and the pelvic girdle. and i think the collar bones which are called...acromions.
humerus,radius ulna,femur.tibia, fibula i think the carpels., tarsals and the figer bones that are called....i can t remeber .

. i think i ll give more gyan when i post a sketch.

07-13-2005, 04:55 PM
Finger and toe bones are called phalanges, I believe.

It goes Metacarpal(your palm) bone, Proximal phalanges(first section of finger), Middle phalanges(second section), Distal phalanges(tip of finger). Substisue tarsal for carpal and you have the arch of your foot, but toes are the same as fingers(they are phalanges).

I actually learned something in 7th grade science!

07-13-2005, 05:42 PM
hmm...i need a digi cam, sorry for the poor quality of the picture.
This is also my 1st post in cgtalk, yay!

07-13-2005, 09:01 PM
this is my first, only and best anatomical drawing.
I did it today with a pencil in about 1 1/2 hours.
Unfortunally my Scanner is veeeery old and bad and so I had to repair many things in Photoshop, but its still not as good as on the paper :(
My reference was an anatomical book, my father used while studying.
Im working on a skull, but Im not satisfied with it yet.
So heres it:

07-13-2005, 11:27 PM
This picture is a part (of many more :-)) of my skeleton-bot projekt. I made that anatomy studies, to create a nearly human skeleton bot. My aim was a mechanic figure with authentic human proportions and kinematic. That project was create for an competition on 3Dattack and the result was a short animation. With that project I was able to combine my anatomy studies with 3D and Ive learned a lot :-)


Medium: Pen on paper (DinA4)
Time: a lot ;-)
Process and References: various anatomy books and a skeleton made of plastic

If you are interested in phase 1 of my skeleton-bot projekt visit:
This page is in german, but I hope youll enjoy it...

07-14-2005, 09:18 PM

these are beautiful! Tell us more about your training :).


from what I can see, your drawings are excellent!

Great work, guys! :thumbsup:

07-15-2005, 09:13 AM
Also, I would recommend taking a book and drawing in either charcoal or pencil studies of shoulders ~ and if you posted these, this would be cool.


From "Anatomy for the Artist", by Jeno Barcsay :).

-HB/4B woodless pencil
-90-120 minutes (while watching a movie)
-did a layer in HB (not a quick sketch)...shaded in 4B, gradually building the contrast

07-15-2005, 11:20 AM

Let me be the first to say, great stuff! One comment :) ~ I would try to make the linework a bit more even and smooth ~ Barcsay has a great smooth sketch line, and it's a great thing to emulate. Glad to see you working on anatomy studies! Thanks for posting this :)


Also, for anyone who is interested, check out this CHALLENGE going on!:

http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?t=258227&page=1 (http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.php?t=258227&page=1)

(see post #10)

07-15-2005, 11:33 AM
Agreed...I got lazy with the linework. The next thing I post will most likely be cranky and old :)

07-15-2005, 05:53 PM
Hey all

My FIRST EVER attempt at drawing a human skull anatomically. I thought I would do something people might actually be able to recognize first!:D Reference from "Albinus on Anatomy" - a book that Rebecca recommended and I bought a few days ago. The medium is "good old Biro" in my sketchbook.


Will be posting more anatomy related images as I attempt to draw them.

07-15-2005, 06:23 PM

Nice work! I'm really happy to see you doing this ~ it's a GREAT exercise!

Do you mind if I post a little something about linework / cross-hatching a bit later on?

Thanks for posting this! :)


07-15-2005, 07:16 PM
Hi RebeccaK

Post away on the cross-hatching/linework stuff. I know for one that I'm interested in what you have to say!:)

07-16-2005, 04:53 PM

I think I'll post shading / cross-hatching stuff to go along with LESSON 003. :) Thanks for the encouragement! :)


07-17-2005, 02:16 PM
Hello, I've managed to find some anatomical studies that I worked on during the past few months. I've got more of them, but damn, I need to organize things in this room!;). So, here they are:


07-17-2005, 02:20 PM
More are on the way...:)


07-17-2005, 02:30 PM
Hello, snice I see allot of human skulls, I wanted to try a Monkey. Maybe this is what my looks like under an x-ray.


07-17-2005, 11:51 PM
The next part: Leg Studies for skeleton-bot:


The conceppt for the Skeleton-bot Legs dont work fine, because the ankle, knee and hip joints not in a line... -- > rigging problens.


07-19-2005, 12:17 PM
Beautiful hatch shading Grantman!! Really great work!

Amazing work guys! Perhaps I will post some of mine when I have the time, hey that rhymes, so does that...Ok going to shut up now...

07-20-2005, 08:04 PM

WOW! These are AWESOME! Thank you for posting these! I hope that when you clean your place, you will find more to post! :)


Still lovin' that style! It rocks! Animal skulls are tres awesome...I visited a natural history museum once in Rome with lots of animal skeletons ~ incredibly creepy, but in a good way!


More great work! This thread is shaping up nicely. It's great to see so much cool work! :)


Definitely post your work! :)

07-29-2005, 05:26 PM
sorry about the small crappy quality. Im in the process of re-building my portfolio so i have better res work.

this was about a 1 hr piece from a live model.

08-03-2005, 12:27 PM
Need a hand;)?

08-05-2005, 02:39 PM
This is my most recent muscle study, from an artist's anatomy by Szunyoghy...


And here two older ones, done with painter...

leg muscles (http://www.robynn.de/anatomy/leg.jpg)
sternocleidomastoideus (http://www.robynn.de/anatomy/sterno.jpg)

@rebeccak: well actually I don't have any artistic education (and I often wish I had). I am a first year medical student, and try combining learning anatomy for that, and artistic anatomy. I often get frustrated because my medical books just have standard views of muscles whereas artist's books often leave out the the muscle names. whaa. :)

08-07-2005, 01:23 PM
This is part of my anatomical studies, I'm teaching myself the human anatomy, starting with skeletal structure, this piece is obviously stylised, set up as an interesting way of allowing me to study.

This is a small piece of what will be a much larger graphite render on an a3 sized paper - it will eventually have skeletons from all concievable angle so i can practice all the various parts of the skeleton. I'll then use photoshop to apple color but will try to keep the pallette relatively subdued.


On this you can see the stylised skull, some clavical, which is partially obscured by the cloak, it attached to both the sturnum and the scapula which is commonly referred to as the shoulder blade. The humerus attached to the scapula which then joins to the forearm bones known as the ulna the bone that attached to the carpals in the hand - there are 8 carpals.

The other forearm bone is the radius, and attached to the carpals nearest the thumb meta-carpals. there are 5 metacarpals altogetherm which then attach to phallanges bons which make up the fingers, there are 14 of these on each handm three for each finger except the thumb.

The sturnum attached to 10 pairs of ribs on the male skeletal system (there are 2 pairs of floting ribs) and curves around to joint to 12 thoraic spinal segments, the spine also has a lumbar region made up of 5 spinal segments, and a neck area made up of 7 spinal sections, these attach to the skull's spinal root.

The spin attaches to the sacrum, the bone from which the illium and the illiac crest or spine then spread from creating a curved surface, the coccyx bone also sprouts from this. The illiac crest curves around to meet with the pubic bone which then converged to the ischium bone that acts as support when seated. The femur bone's head attaches to the illium, the femur head also attaches to a second bony knot called the trachanter, of which there is a greater and lesser trachanter, which then extends to the the tail end of the femur, which attaches to a patella - the knee cap, and the two lower leg bones, the tibia, and the fibia. The Tibia is the major support, and attaches to the tarsal bones, attaching to the meta tarsals, which attach to the phallanges, of which there are also 14 on the feet. The heel is called the calcaneus.

I'm sure some of that is wrong, but its the first time I've started learning about it, so its gonna be partially inaccurate. Spelling is probably all ****ed as well.

08-19-2005, 04:50 PM

A scapula study.

08-22-2005, 12:09 PM
Study I just did:


08-29-2005, 06:52 AM
magic man:really nice sketch~!

sketch in openCanvas 3


08-31-2005, 10:01 AM
ZhuZhu, thanks, beautiful skull render, very clean.

An arm skeletal study.


08-31-2005, 02:47 PM
magic man,

These are beautiful studies, and, is it my imagination, or is the quality of your anatomical studies going up? :)

Your clearly great with Prisma, and I would love for you to do a tut if you have the time. :)
But of course I know you're busy, but one day I vow to harrass you into doing one, lol! :)

Great work, keep it coming! :)



08-31-2005, 06:10 PM
magic man,

These are beautiful studies, and, is it my imagination, or is the quality of your anatomical studies going up? :)

Your clearly great with Prisma, and I would love for you to do a tut if you have the time. :)
But of course I know you're busy, but one day I vow to harrass you into doing one, lol! :)

Great work, keep it coming! :)



Thanks Rebecca, means a lot coming from you =)

My studies are looking nicer because I'm putting more time into them I guess, first time I've sat down and studied the human body, and its very rewarding.

Btw, the last arm bones study was done in graphite, not prismacolor. I'll eventually get around to doing one for ya lady ;)

08-31-2005, 06:12 PM
magic man,
Schweet!! We eagerly anticipate your cool new tuts!! :bounce:

Cheers, :)


09-01-2005, 09:49 AM
charcoal pencil on sketchbook:


09-02-2005, 10:39 AM
Couple of head studies.

Both graphite on copy paper, no references.



09-02-2005, 03:13 PM
magic man,

Great sketches, keep 'em coming! :thumbsup:

I would say that the topmost head requires more forehead / top of head to be believable...his eyes should fall about the middle of the face. For the Jesus character ;) I think that the head looks too small and disconnected from the rest of the body.

Your second page of sketches is really great, but I think there are some definite funny things going on anatomically, particularly with the bottom right drawing ~ but I definitely applaud your imaginativeness in approaching these, and for drawing without reference. :)
Great stuff, keep on posting! :bounce:


09-02-2005, 03:27 PM
magic man,

Great sketches, keep 'em coming! :thumbsup:

I would say that the topmost head requires more forehead / top of head to be believable...his eyes should fall about the middle of the face. For the Jesus character ;) I think that the head looks too small and disconnected from the rest of the body.

Your second page of sketches is really great, but I think there are some definite funny things going on anatomically, particularly with the bottom right drawing ~ but I definitely applaud your imaginativeness in approaching these, and for drawing without reference. :)
Great stuff, keep on posting! :bounce:


Thanks for the crits Rebecca, I appreciate them and keep them on board for my next studies.


09-02-2005, 03:31 PM
magic man,

Lol, keep those creative thread titles coming, too! :scream:


09-19-2005, 11:53 AM
Wow, this thread is really inspiring... magicman, those sketches are absolutely beautiful, and zhuzhu, that skull.. wow...

Thought I'd start posting here again, as a). it's been too long, and b). my spectacular thread will need rather a lot more understanding of anatomy from me, so here's my tentative beginnings.


09-19-2005, 01:21 PM
Beautiful drawings!!! :bounce:It's great to see these, it gets my morning off to a great start!!! :)

Looking forward to seeing more of your drawings! :thumbsup:

Cheers, :)


11-24-2005, 03:14 AM
Here's a Pelvis from the front:


Sorry about the foot, but I scanned em together.

These were both copied from Anatomy for the Artist (Barcsay)

11-24-2005, 03:27 AM

Wow! Very impressive! :thumbsup: You're really focusing in~! Great work, I'm thrilled to see this!

Cheers, :)


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