Here is a list of some of the books I use in my sketching practice.
Models are expensive and finding time for a model session can be tricky. Fortunately, these books provide a wealth of images and resources for those of us who love human anatomy.
Classic Human Anatomy:
The Artist’s Guide to Form, Function and Movement
Valerie L. Winslow
This is currently my favorite human anatomy book. It’s obsessively thorough, clear and user-friendly. The author includes many of her own drawings. Her gesture drawings are particularly compelling.
The Nude Female Form
Mark Edward Smith
This is one of a very few references that includes some diversity as to size of the models photographed. The photos are clear and easy to use. I also enjoy the fact that the models are not airbrushed or “corrected” in any way. You can see freckles, moles, pimples, etc. It’s refreshing.
Drawing the Living Figure
Sheppard draws a figure on one page and, on the opposing page, shows the same figure in the same position, but with part of the skeleton or muscles showing. It’s a good resource in this way, but not consistent in what is shown from figure to figure. If you’re interested in seeing a certain part of the figure, you may be occasionally frustrated.