My artist buddy Ted Helard and I have been kicking around the idea of having regular co-dependent (I know, I know, but not the co-dependent that’s bad!) anatomy study sessions where artists take turns picking the model, picking the area of study and kind of leading the group for three hours. We all contribute but none of us are anatomy experts, just big fans who study it as much as we can.
It was my turn this week and I chose arms. My study guide included the Paul Richer book. There is a wealth of information in the pictures, but just imagine if I read it! (It’s on my bucket list) We also referred to this fantastic, unbelievable artist from East Germany – Gottfried Bammes. Check his books out – there are a few small ones in print in English, but the good one is in German, is very hard to get and seems to cost a pile of money. Well worth it. It explains through pictures how the bones and muscles move and is clearer than anything I’ve seen. I actually don’t even know what it’s called because my old teacher bought an old copy online for a billion dollars and one of his students scanned it and we all got copies that lacked title page, etc. Vanderpoel and Wynn Kapit’s Anatomy Coloring Book both figured in as well. And Stan, our 3B Scientific plastic skeleton does his part. Bottom line – I’m slowly learning what I want to know….
If you’re around Ashland, Oregon on a Thursday, come and join us (Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main St, Ashland, OR). I’ll also put in a plug for the Drawing and Painting Class I teach on Wednesdays. Essential basics that many, many, many artists lack – proportion, perspective, value, understanding light and shadow. A good chance to eat your artistic vegetables. Put your time in. Trust me, it’s valuable.