Anatomical drawing

Research into anatomical drawings.

These drawings are from Leonardo da Vinci’s sketchbooks.
shoulderandneck2 anatomical-studies

He uses lots of hatching and cross hatching.

studyof_man arms neck skeletons www.drawingsofleonardo.org shoulderandneck1 da vinci

Anatomical drawings by Degas:

Although the figures in Degas drawings here are clothed, they show the angles and joints of the body to a good advantage.

Three Studies of A Dancer ca. 1878-81, Edgar Degas

Three Studies of A Dancer ca. 1878-81, Edgar Degas

It is also useful to see how Degas builds light and shade using chalk and charcoal.

Edgar Degas, A Dancer at the Bar, charcoal and white chalk.

Edgar Degas, A Dancer at the Bar, charcoal and white chalk.

Anatomical drawings by Vincent van Gogh

Three Hands, Two with Knives - Vincent van Gogh

Three Hands, Two with Knives – Vincent van Gogh

In these drawings there is a lot of hatching and blending, and a really good use of tonal scale.  The drawings look three dimensional because of the shading.

Two Hands and Two Arms - Vincent van Gogh

Two Hands and Two Arms – Vincent van Gogh

He uses curved lines to hatch the shade in, describing the shape of the hands and arms, the gentle curves and the more angular joints.

Vincent van Gogh hand with a pot the knob of a chair and a hunk of bread 1885

Vincent van Gogh hand with a pot the knob of a chair and a hunk of bread 1885

Picasso anatomy drawing

Picasso - Colour Study, Charcoal and Crayon 1896

Pablo Picasso – Colour Study, Charcoal and Crayon 1896

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