Lately my projects have gone back to one of my favorite themes, skeletal anatomy. I’ve been using a book I found at the library called Human Anatomy: A Visual History from the Renaissance to the Digital Age. This book rocks my socks. I’m a huge fan of weird old anatomical etchings and illustrations, and the whole book is jam packed with them. Lots of old timey skeletons, muscle/organ illustrations, and dissections of everything you can think of. Not exactly for the faint of heart, but if you’re into anatomy, it’s pretty sweet.
This sketch has got some odd proportions, but it matches the image I was drawing from. The interesting thing about a lot of the older etchings is that they generally didn’t have a clear sense of human anatomy yet–they’re drawn straight from the same dissections that the doctors/scientists/crazies of the day were doing in order to learn more about the human body, and as a result, they get some stuff wrong. I don’t exactly blame them though.