Mayra Ruiz-McPherson | Learning to Draw the Human Anatomy
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Learning human anatomy for improving human figure illustration work

Learning to Draw the Human Anatomy

Confession: it’s intimidating πŸ™‚

For my MFA in Illustration summer 2019 term, I’m taking a human anatomy class to improve my drawing of the human figure.

Needless to say, just in week one alone I’ve been exposed to what feels like hundreds of bone names and such, and I can’t help but wonder how the hell doctors or medical people learn this stuff!!

Yes, I know it must be their passion, their high interest, and the requirement of having to learn such terminologies if they want passing grades and so on.

But I myself, as a non-medical person, am I’m finding the topic of human anatomy super challenging to learn.

While the subject of human anatomy is fascinating, and from an artist point of view, the human figure is beautiful and makes for highly interesting subject matter, the associated terminology feels intimidating and a bit overwhelming to me.

Moreover, it’s not just the bone labels I have to learn but also I am required to meticulously draw the various skeletal aspects of different body regions as well, a task I also find daunting despite its great value and artistic necessity.

While I drew the pelvis drawing (shown above) for this post’s featured image, I often felt like I was drawing for Halloween-themed greeting cards and stationary.

Hmm, maybe I’ll be able to repurpose some of my bone drawings for such a theme in the future πŸ™‚

I’m now entering the second week of this bone-filled bonanza and am trying to stay afloat as best as possible.

At some point, depending on how many human skeleton drawings I end up with by the end of the course, I may organize a visual gallery to share my anatomy-themed illustrations in a future post.

For now, wish me luck because I’m truly, TRULY going to need it!

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Photo credit: Human pelvis illustration by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson.





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