My rough, unfinished ecorche model. Made of armature wire and modelling wax. 

This past year, I decided to seriously devote a chunk of time to anatomy. My education as an artist was highly idea based, while this does have some benefits, I felt that I needed more. As a representational artist, I don’t want to simply reproduce what I see, I want to understand it as well, inside and out.

So I invested in some books, videos, and a sculptural anatomy course. You can see my unfinished and VERY rough ecorche model above. I learned so much in a short period of time by challenging my brain to speak 3D!

I know not everyone has access to a sculpture class, so here are some easily procured resources that I keep going back to over and over again:


Drawing the Head by William Maughan
Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth by Andrew Loomis
Drawing the Head and Hands, also by Andrew Loomis
(If you’re not a reader, which I highly recommend reconsidering, just go for the videos and app below. Many of them are based on Loomis’s methods.)



L’Ecorche  by MD3D

And for anyone in Dublin:

Sculptural Anatomy Course at The Drawing Studio.