Anatomy Resources





Sarah Simblett - Anatomy for the Artist

Illustrations are not as clear as they could be but the photography of surface anatomy in the figure is beautiful and useful


George Bridgman - Constructive Anatomy

A classic small text covering the major structural organisation.  Beautifully illustrated.


Gottfried Bammes - Die Gestalt de Menschen

Unfortunately this amazingly comprehensive, clearly and beautifully illustrated book is not available in English.  But the diagrams and photographic references are so good that it is worth having anyway.  Expensive though - approximately $100 USD online


Gottfried Bammes - Complete guide to life drawing

Thankfully in English, this is a great book on structural anatomy, with an emphasis on how to use this for drawing the figure.  Not at anatomically comprehensive as the one above though.


John Vanderpoel - The human figure

Strong simple structural diagrams.  Particularly good for studying the head and features in which it is quite comprehensive. Does a great job of relating tonal patterns frequently seen in the head and features to the structural diagrams.


Dr Paul Richer - Artistic Anatomy

This text remains one of the most accurate and comprehensive artistic anatomy texts available, even though it was first published in 1889.  A true classic.  Unfortunately the english translation has quite a few errors.


Eliot Goldfinger - Human Anatomy for Artists

A large textbook, well illustrated with clear, elegant diagrams and photographs.  Probably the best book references to understanding the details of the origin and insertion of muscles, though other books such as Bammes and Bridgman provide another very useful perspective with their focus on simplifying anatomy into generalised masses in space.   



Get Body Smart

This is a free online resource that is very handy for understanding how the muscles lie together because you can remove layers from the diagrams one at a time (similar to Nova Muscle System Pro III except that you can’t rotate the diagrams)



Free photo reference of nude and clothed models of both sexes, within the option to view timed poses.  Also has photo reference for head and facial expression practise, as well as feet and hands.



A huge resource of high resolution photographs taken of models at 15 degree intervals.  Buy individual poses or collections of poses (for significant discounts) photographed all the way around the pose.  Some of the images used in this guide were purchased from this site.


Inspirational Artworks

This is a great resource for anyone interested in Classical art - Use the Links at the right hand side of the blog or the following URLs:

Anatomy Diagrams:

Photographic references of nude models:

Academic studies:


Imaging pathways

Xray images of the skeletal system.  The comparison between the male and female pelvis is useful, as are the 3d reconstructions of the skull and pelvis