Anatomy Resources : BOOKS


I want to learn the anatomy of animals like tigers, lions, hyaena and beers…
What books do I need to get?
What is the best, with bone-structure and real pictures?


I don’t know if this will help or not, but check this book out:

Animals in Motion (Hardcover) by Eadweard Muybridge


perhaps it has been mentioned before but I couldn’t find it :slight_smile:

I recently came across this book:
Grand cours d’anatomie artistique by András Szunyoghy,György Fehér

It’s in French but that really doesn’t matter - the plates are fantastic [and include humans as well as animals + comparisons]


Hello, for an in-depth look at anatomy, I’d like to recommend the two volumes of the “Sobotta Atlas of Human Anatomy”. These are medical student books, but every page is a full colour plate. Being academic books they are pretty hefty, money-wise - each volume cost me £60 - but I’ve found them to be worth it. Because they are geared towards medicine, many of the plates have no direct relevance to form - internal systems, blood vessels, nerves etc. But I’ve found that stuff interesting nonetheless.

Caution: Don’t blind buy online, flick through first.


hello, i just want a quick opinion.
i am looking for an anatomy reference book and my friend has offered me his Atlas ofHuman Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Rogers Peck
since this is my first time trying to buy a book, and i don’t have a lot of money, i really want to know if this book is worth it? (he’s selling it at around 22.59 US$, converted.)
thanks for any input. :slight_smile:


The printing is a little dark, but that’s the only minus in my opinion.


I really like Peck’s book! lots to learn from!


thanks for the replies.


I heard this is an excellent book for beginners.


Atlas Of Human Anatomy For The Artist By Peck Is One Of My Top Three Study Guides. The Other Two Are Artistic Anatomy And Bridgman’s Complete Guide.


I borrowed Drawing Human Anatomy by Giovanni Civardi from our library and i think it’s a pretty good reference book. Begins with the head and some facial expressions and explains every muscle from top to bottom, with drawings of the human figure at the same time.

Thinking of buying an anatomy book, because i think it’s a great investment, and will never expire. Any suggestions on which to buy? I’m between the above and the Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist, which i read is a classic.

Thank you :slight_smile:


I can’t recall if I’ve added this here, but this book is fantastic:

It features photos of a nude male painted with the muscle striations in different poses. The model is an athlete, and the poses are great. Mainly b/w with some color. I’ve also added this to the list at the front of the thread:

Visualizing Muscles: A New Ecorché Approach to Surface Anatomy (Paperback)é-Approach-Surface/dp/070060426X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1198271373&sr=8-1


I just added this to the master list as well:

“Drawing Animals” by Gary Geraths
Fantastic drawing book by Otis College of Art Instructor.

Great book, I’ve recommended it to my students. Loaded with drawings and tips on drawing animals, highly recommended.


What about Anatomy: A Complete Guide for Artists by Joseph Sheppard?

Would your recommend it?


Hello people of the Anatomy forums!

I have recently decided to dwell deeply into the realms of traditional drawing and anatomy studies now that I have still 5 months before I begin my 3D program in modelling and animation. Now, i’m not a true beginner per se, I have had some practice with drawing but nothing very extensive. With that in mind, I thought of buying some instructional books to help my understanding of drawing and a couple of them have sprung to my mind:

  • Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters
  • Artistic Anatomy by Paul Richer
  • Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters.

I also thought of Burne Hogarth’s book but it seems like his proportions and shapes are a little bit altered from reality, are they not?

In any case, which books do you recommend? And if possible, in what order? (I’m one who likes to finish something first and then moving on to the next).

Thanks in advance!


Hi there, any of these books are fine. I think Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters is a great one to start with but you will be fine starting with any of these. I might also recommend Glenn Vilppu’s Drawing Manual.


Thanks for your help, Rebecca =)


:thumbsup: Thanks for bringing out the entire library of anatomy books!:slight_smile:


hi, i was wondering witch book would you recomend me for anatomy study for modeling, as me beying a beginner



Hi there, I think this book is really good:

Visualizing Muscles: A New Ecorché Approach to Surface Anatomy (Paperback) by John Cody
Fantastic reference featuring photos of a model painted with muscle striations. Great book!!!

However, the book doesn’t feature the skeletal structure of the body.

Check out the model offered from freedom of teach:

For a modeler, that is probably more helpful than a book.