Anatomical Casts by Thomas Eakins @ Philadelphia Museum of Art

Thomas Eakins taught at the PA. Academy of Art in Philadelphia.

When we were in art school at York Academy of Art we had drawing classes every day. Tom Wise and Ted Fitzgee were our drawing and painting teachers. Fitzgee told us that the difference between good artists and other artists is that the good ones can draw. Wise told us that the figure is the hardest thing to draw, and if you can draw the figure, you can draw anything. We never disected a cadaver, thank goodness, because I don’t think I could watch that. But we had to copy every picture in our anatomy book, and memorize the names of all the bones and muscles. We had live models twice a week, and then we had to put a piece of tracing paper over our drawings , and draw in the bones and muscles, and label them. Even after you study anatomy, it still takes years of practice to draw the figure well.

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