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Anatomy for Artists Volume 1

Understanding the Back and Shoulder Muscles with Rey Bustos


“Artistic Anatomy” refers to the essential muscles that create the visible shapes that we see on a model’s physique. Rey Bustos, famed illustrator and anatomist, teaches how to illustrate the complex back and shoulder muscles in a way that is preferred by most artistic anatomists.

When illustrating, it’s not necessary for artists to know every single muscle of the body. By editing the key number of muscles that artists need to know down to a minimum, Rey begins the workshop with a focus on the Sacrospinalis (or Erector) spinae group — some of the deep muscles in the center of the back that can be found along the spine all the way up to the base of the skull. These complicated, often-stringy muscles are important and keep humans upright — but they can be challenging for artists to study individually. Rey reveals the simplest way to understand and interpret this muscle group and teaches easy-to-remember strategies for illustrating the forms.

Moving on, Rey addresses the medial form in the lower back, in between the two posterior superior iliac spines, and works up to the thorax. Thereafter, he layers muscles by placing them in order onto the skeletal frame to complete the study of the back and shoulders. His lectures in this 1-hour, 20-minute workshop are accompanied by stories that will help with remembering the shapes and relationships of the muscles and anatomy — and are essential to making things memorable and easy to digest. A traditional drawing demonstration concludes the workshop to put all the theory into practice.

Duration: 1h 40m

Format: HD 1920x1080

Rey Bustos

Illustrator and Instructor

Rey Bustos graduated as an illustrator with honors from ArtCenter College of Design in 1989 and went on to illustrate for multiple companies and magazines. From 1990 onwards, Rey contributed to numerous fine art exhibitions and was represented by San Marino Gallery in Pasadena for several years, before he laid down his brushes to teach. Rey has been teaching since 1990 and is considered one of the preeminent artistic anatomy teachers in the country, known for his lively and passionate lectures. He currently teaches at ArtCenter College of Design as an associate professor as well as at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art and Kline Academy. Rey has taught online for Computer Graphics Masters Academy (CGMA) and has recorded tutorials and a class in 3D Anatomy/Écorché for New Masters Academy. Additionally, he teaches Analytical Figure Drawing, Drawing and Composition, 3D Anatomy/Écorché, 2D Anatomy — and a class that he created: “Imaginatomy; An Anatomical Approach to Animal and Character Development.” His work is due to be published by Design Studio Press and an artistic anatomy book by Rey will be released in April, 2020.