FORCE: Drawing Human Anatomy  book cover
1st Edition

FORCE: Drawing Human Anatomy

ISBN 9781315295534
Published January 6, 2017 by CRC Press
331 Pages 278 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

The newest book in Michael Mattesi’s Force Drawing series takes movement to the next level. Force: Drawing Human Anatomy, explores the different facets of motion and the human body. As opposed to the memorization technique, Mattesi stresses the function of each body part and how gravity relative to different poses affects the aesthetics and form of muscle. The chapters are divided by the different parts of the body, thus allowing the reader to concentrate on mastery one body part at a time. Color coded images detail each muscle and their different angles. Special consideration is given to anatomy for animation, allowing the reader to create a character that is anatomically accurate in both stillness and motion.

Key Features

  • Detailed visual instruction includes colourful, step-by-step diagrams that allow you to easily follow the construction of an anatomically correct figure.
  • Clearly organized and color coded per regions of the body's anatomy, a clarity of design for better reader understanding.
  • Learn how anatomy is drawn and defined by the function of a pose.
  • Visit the companion website for drawing demonstrations and further resources on anatomy.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Power of FORCE

Chapter 2: Form

Chapter 3: FORCE Skeleton/Chain of Events

Chapter 4: The Head and Neck

Chapter 5: The Trunk- top, center, and bottom

Chapter 6: The Arms

Chapter 7: Hands, The ultimate in dexterity and precision

Chapter 8: Legs, travel

Chapter 9: Feet


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Michael Mattesi has authored four FORCE books, published in numerous languages, utilized around the world to inspire and educate artists on the concept of FORCE. He has instructed FORCE Drawing for over twenty years and inspired thousands of artists.

Simultaneously, Michael has been contributing his skills as a professional artist on numerous award-winning projects in varied capacities and has collaborated with Pixar, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Consumer Products, Marvel Comics, Hasbro Toys, ABC, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, DreamWorks/PDI, Zynga, The School of Visual Arts, Beijing University, Art Center, Scuola Internazionale di Comics, San Jose State University, The Academy of Art University, Nickelodeon, LeapFrog and many others. Michael’s students occupy all fields of the art industry and have themselves gained prestige for their abilities.

Michael lives in northern California with his wife and two daughters. Visit him at: