Saturday, July 16, 2011

How to Draw Necks and Backs

Drawing by Rene Prejelan from La Vie Parisienne. The Caption reads, Nuques et dos - Etudes pour illustrer le Dictionnaire des academies françaises and translates as Necks and backs - Studies to illustrate the Dictionary of the French academy. More drawings by Rene Prejelan at Pinupmania.

Left J. H. Vanderpoel, Construction of the neck and shoulders from The Human Figure, right Franz von Stuck, Naturstudie.

Left Fritz Schider Ruckansicht Naturdtudie, right torsos of a man and a woman from Fritz Schider's Plastisch-Anatomischer Handatlas. Reprinted in English as An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists.

Figure studies from Alice Bloch's Rank und Schlank, Harmonische Schulung de Frauenkörpers. Copies of a similar book by Alice Bloch are available on

Harmonische Schulung Des Fraun-Korpers; Nach Gesundheitlichen Richtlinien in Bildern Und Merkworten

Others are available at Harmonische Schulung des Frauenkorpers

Similar figure studies can be viewed at Dora Menzler's Korperschulung and Neue-Folge

Here is a link to an academic discussion of the German body culture of the early twentieth century Empire of Ecstasy.  A kindle edition is available Empire of Ecstasy: Nudity and Movement in German Body Culture, 1910-1935 (Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism)


Figure Studies by Albert Arthur Allen of the neck and back.

Figure Studies by Albert Arthur Allen of the neck and back showing the entire body. See more of Allen's figure studies at The Female Figure, Series 1 - Technical Edition.

The Perception of Appearance: A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawing
The Girls from La Vie Parisienne

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