Learning Anatomy - I don't know where to start

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  06 June 2010
Hi, how is your anatomy study going?

I'm quite late to the thread, but I wanted to add that when I asked myself the same question as you, I ended up watching anatomy lessons by Glen Vilppu. And although he is an astounding teacher and artist, I must say that I didnt learn enough about anatomy to recreate it for myself. Following his instructions ended with me copying his drawing, which was alright for that specific angle, but when it came time to shift perspective I found myself frustrated!

I've recently been learning anatomy from Wikipedia. I learned by drawing every part of the body from the bone to the muscle. Not in high detail, but the basic form, and their orientation in space. I stuck to drawing mostly orthographic views and started building a library of muscles and major anchor points in my head. I've learned a tremendous amount like this. Learn the major muscles, and know where they anchor to-from. Know their relative mass and their orientation on the body (lateral vs medial, anterior vs posterior). Write down lots of useful notes. Its practically a science.

My point is just that there is no substitute for hard work. You have to interpret anatomy your own way. Simply following a highly acclaimed teacher will teach you surprisingly little. Its best to just plop down and really understand whats going on. It takes hundreds of hours of drawing to explain.
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