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03/29/2021

PAFA Pours: Dynamic Human Anatomy

Join author and artist Roberto Osti for a Q&A on his new book, Dynamic Human Anatomy. This latest publication picks up where Osti’s prior publication Basic Human Anatomy leaves off and offers artists and art students a deeper understanding of anatomy, including anatomy in motion. Osti will discuss the landmarks of the human body, systematically presented in the book, and how to apply this knowledge toward the practice of figure drawing. Throughout the presentation, the artist will discuss artworks created during various historical periods that can further exemplify the method. The last portion of the event will be devoted to Q&A and a quick drawing demonstration.
03/11/2021

Dynamic Human Anatomy | The Book

Praise for Dynamic Human Anatomy "Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael drew the human body with an understanding of its workings from the inside outside—as have thousands of artists since. Who better to teach this method than Roberto Osti, who trained as a medical illustrator before turning to fine art. . . . Dynamic Human Anatomy, a follow-up to his book Basic Human Anatomy, explains how this methodology can be used to reach beyond static depictions in order to 'convey a sense of life or express psychological character.'"
03/01/2021

Drawing the Hand

The hand is a marvel of functionality and aesthetics. The complexity of its forms and its inherent mutability make it a challenging but extremely rewarding subject. This complexity can be better understood by conceptualizing its forms. In my anatomy and figure-drawing classes, I teach my students to focus on only a few essential characteristics of the hand at any given time, limiting its complexity. This method— which can be applied to other subjects as well—was developed during the Renaissance and has been further refined since.
05/25/2020

Understanding Contrapposto

Contrapposto describes a category of pose that artists have favored for thousands of years. Even though “contrapposto” is an Italian word, the earliest sculptures that depict the human body posed in this specific stance date back to the 5th century B.C. in classical Greece. The typical contrapposto pose shows the counterposing of various segments of the figure: The pelvis and rib cage are tilted in opposite directions, and one leg is straight while the other is bent. This deliberate counterposing can contribute various expressive qualities to a figure.
04/23/2019

Axial Skeleton & Proportional Relationships

Figure Drawing Tips and Bits | Part 1 | In my first *Figure Drawing Tips and Bits* video i discuss about proportional relationships of the Axial […]
09/26/2016

Basic Human Anatomy | The Book

Basic Human Anatomy teaches artists the simple yet powerful formula artists have used for centuries to draw the human figure from the inside out. Osti, using the basic system of line, shape, and form used by da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo, takes readers step-by-step through all the lessons needed in order to master this essential foundation skill.