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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Jephyr's Video: Back Muscle Anatomy Study - Digital Speed Painting

Video posted below -



A while ago I came across an amazing medical / anatomy illustration of the muscles of the back.

I digitally tucked it into my "image bank" figuring I might use it as a reference someday...and ran across it from time to time but otherwise paid little attention to it.

Recently I was going to finish a digital painting I'd been working on...and had also been capturing the process with some time lapse software.  (Camstudio - It's freeware and works very well for me!)

Nicolas Henri Jacob
Anywho...I was beginning the task of video editing what I'd captured so far and wanted to show the medical illustration in it as one of my references...but YouTube has really cracked down when it comes to copyright (which is a good thing IMHO) I decided to just paint a version of it myself, and captured that effort as well.

As I neared the end of that study...I wanted to know a bit about the illustration and did a number of internet searches trying to figure out where it had come from.

At first I found very little...but then one day I finally landed on some info that answered my questions completely.

It was created by French artist Nicolas Henri Jacob.  He'd done the illustration for physician and author Jean-Baptiste Marc Bourgery's Complete Treatise of Human Anatomy.

Published in eight volumes in the mid 1800's...the treatise featured over 700 of Jacob's amazing illustrations.

They truly are remarkable.

(BTW...Jacob was a student of French painter Jacques-Louis David.  You may be familiar with many of his his paintings, perhaps most notably:  The Death of Marat and his painting of Napoleon astride a rearing horse.)

So now I had the info I wanted...and could finish both the illustration and the video.

You'll see that I took some liberties from making an exact copy...but the main goal for me is always to learn more about anatomy and painting...and this study certainly helped in that end!

So...please check out my video if you have a moment!

And thanks for stopping by!


Oh and...I plan to post another version of this video with a voice over...but for now this one has a music track only...Má vlast - Vltava by Czech Composer Bedřich Smetana...which was provided by and is performed by their own symphony :

Thanks again!  Ciao fer now....................

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