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By March 12, 2008

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Revered fantasy artist Frank Frazetta's grasp of anatomical drawing is unquestionable. While he was a gifted artist from an early age, he was also fueled by a burning passion to draw and learn. When his boss handed him an anatomy book, the young Frazetta took it home and copied all the drawings in a single night. It wasn't the totality of his anatomical training - but it certainly set him on the right path, and marked the beginning of a period of rapid development.

Don't miss the anatomical sketches from Frank Frazetta's notebook. The rest of the website is well worth visiting, especially the fascinating illustrated biography full of quotes from the artist himself.

There's an important point that we can learn from Mr Frazetta: you don't need expensive courses, models or materials - just a library anatomy text and a dimestore notebook, and the desire to learn.

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Image: Frank Frazetta, licensed to About.com


March 18, 2008 at 8:11 pm
(1) Ganapathy Subramaniam says:

Fascinating stuff.

It has been noted that the book that Frank mentions, refers to George Bridgman .

March 28, 2008 at 6:03 am
(2) Helen South says:

Thanks for that. I’ll see if I can find any online resources on Bridgman.

March 30, 2008 at 3:22 pm
(3) Helen says:

Although it may be Bridgeman’s book, the first one that came into my mind is the book of my grandfather and mother; “Anatomy and Drawing” by Victor Perard 1934 art instructor at the Cooper Union iin New York City and a graduate of E’Cole Des Beaux-Arts, Paris, The National Academy of Design and the Art Students’ League of New York. The book was first printed in 1928. Helen in North Carolina

October 19, 2008 at 2:07 pm
(4) PH says:

Yep, that’s copied directly from Bridgeman’s book. I have it on my shelf.

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