Online Class

Figure Anatomy for the Artist


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

Skill Level


What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Roberto Osti
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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.
2. The Basic Skeleton
3. The Back of the Skeleton
4. Anterior Muscles
5. Muscles of the Leg
6. Muscles of the Back
7. Hands and Feet
8. Muscles of the Face & Neck

Taught by

Roberto Osti
Roberto Osti
Roberto Osti received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art, and his illustrations and paintings have been exhibited internationally and published in Scientific American magazine and The New York Times. Notable shows include the juried “Aquachrome” exhibit in Cincinnati, Ohio, TribecaBall 2013, and a 2014 exhibit at Paul Robeson Galleries in Newark, New Jersey. Osti currently teaches Anatomy and Figure Drawing at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and also holds anatomy classes at the New York Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He’s thrilled to bring his passion for fine art to Craftsy and to you!
Guarantee ribbon icon

We hope you love it!

We want you to enjoy every minute of your Craftsy experience. So if you're not thrilled just let us know. We'll make it right.