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Figure Anatomy for the Artist

with Roberto Osti
Conquer the complexities of figure drawing with the indispensable system of line, shape and form used by da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo!

Discover the simple but powerful formula artists have used for centuries to draw the human figure from the inside out. Guided by fine artist Roberto Osti, you’ll learn how to realistically replicate the underlying structure of the body using easy-to-understand scales and ratios. Conceptualize the front and side views of the skeleton with basic shapes, and add detail with simplified depictions of complex bones and joints. Bring your sketch to life as you draw a muscle map of the body with volumetric form and realistic dimension, and master the feet, hands and skull to create a strikingly realistic rendering of the human form.  

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Lesson 1. Basic Volumes of the Body

  • Meet your instructor, professor and professional medical illustrator Roberto Osti. Then start the class by learning how to break down the complex body into simple shapes that you will use as the foundation for skeletal and muscular drawings.


Lesson 2. The Basic Skeleton


Lesson 3. The Back of the Skeleton


Lesson 4. Anterior Muscles


Lesson 5. Muscles of the Leg


Lesson 6. Muscles of the Back


Lesson 7. Hands and Feet


Lesson 8. Muscles of the Face & Neck

"This class gives great basics for the structure of the head, skeleton, and muscles of the body for art students. Roberto shows you how to layer the muscles, which, along with the beginning and ending insertion points for the muscle groups, gives you the basic form to the body. His instructions are clear and easy to follow. I would recommend that you layer the muscles with colored pastel like he does."
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San Antonio, TX

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