Anatomy Studies of Skeleton / Bone / Muscle - TRADITIONAL OR DIGITAL



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


[u]Please post:[/u]

[b][/b]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! :slight_smile:



Wrong forum…


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!

No worries, it’s a bit confusing with several similar threads in the forum. :wink:

Thank you! :slight_smile:



Here’s a few samples of bone and muscle structure I drew from an anatomy book.

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!


Medium: Digital (openCanvas,Painter,Photoshop)

Time spent: each piece about 1 hours.

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


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…




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

Thanks for these posts, guys! :slight_smile:



oh la la.amazing stuff!


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.


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.


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!


hmm…i need a digi cam, sorry for the poor quality of the picture.
This is also my 1st post in cgtalk, yay!


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 it´s still not as good as on the paper :frowning:
My reference was an anatomical book, my father used while studying.
I´m working on a skull, but I´m not satisfied with it yet.
So here´s it:


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 I´ve learned a lot :slight_smile:

[b]Medium: [/b]                        Pen on paper (DinA4)
[b]Time:[/b]                             a lot ;-)
[b]Process and References:[/b] 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 you´ll enjoy it…



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


from what I can see, your drawings are excellent!

Great work, guys! :thumbsup:


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



Let me be the first to say, great stuff! One comment :slight_smile: ~ 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 :slight_smile:


Also, for anyone who is interested, check out this [color=orange]CHALLENGE going on!: [/color]

(see post #10)


Agreed…I got lazy with the linework. The next thing I post will most likely be cranky and old :slight_smile:


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!:smiley: 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.



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! :slight_smile: