Anatomy for the Artist

Artistic Anatomy – 12 Weeks10am – 1pm Pacific Time

*All class sessions are Live on Zoom. Critique videos will be sent to students each week.

Are your figure drawings lacking a certain realistic quality because you don’t really know the bones and muscles yet? When you sit down to do a figure drawing, do you just see a series of mysterious bumps and dimples? Do you know what each line and shadow you are drawing actually represents in real life? Do you know what to emphasize in your drawing to better express the action?
That’s what this class is all about. The goal is to arm you with the knowledge and understanding of human anatomy so that you can create more direct, bold, and expressive figure drawings (or paintings, or sculptures). You will learn not only the bones and muscles themselves, but more importantly their artistic relevance. Topics discussed will include proportions, simple forms, action, mechanics of the muscles, rendering, and “Old Master” examples. Recordings of each session will be available to the students throughout the course. After each session, students are invited to email images to the instructor for critique. A weekly critique video will be made by the instructor and made available to all students.

ALL LEVELS WELCOME, from beginner to advanced professional.


Week 1: Head
Week 2: Neck
Week 3: Shoulder Girdle
Week 4: Rib Cage
Week 5: Upper Arm and Armpit
Week 6: Forearm
Week 7: Pelvis
Week 8: Upper Leg
Week 9: Lower Leg
Week 10: Hands
Week 11: Feet
Week 12: Proportions and Synthesis

Homework will be assigned each week, and students will also receive a weekly class critique video covering homework assignments.

Students are mostly welcome to use their preferred drawing supplies (digitally created drawings are accepted as well). Here are some supply recommendations:

Paper: Newsprint (for charcoal or Conte pencil); Drawing Paper; Sketch Paper; Layout Bond; Toned Drawing Paper (if highlights are desired)

Charcoal (“General Brand” 2B); Conte pencil (Sanguine, Sepia, White, or colors of choice); Color Pencil (Polychromos or Prismacolor – Sanguine, Sepia, White, or colors of choice). Color pencil will not work well on Newsprint Paper.

Other: Razor blade and Sanding Pad for sharpening, Drawing Board for support,

*An introductory video explaining the usage of Zoom will be sent to students before first session.


Artistic Anatomy – 12 Weeks 10am – 1pm Pacific Time