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Spyda’s Anatomy Workshop by Jason Spyda Adams (book review).

March 28, 2020 | By | Reply More

As I was buying a large bundle off of Neal Adams’ website last November and e-talking with Jason Adams, I thought the least I can do is have a look at his own book, ‘Spyda’s Anatomy Workshop’, knowing he does sculpture. I think I should have pulled his first book, ‘A Study Of Sculptural Method’ but it’s unavailable there although you might want to try his own website.

I should point out from the start that this book isn’t a textbook, just pictures of he draws the muscles of the body and then translate this into clay. They are clearly defined so are practically at super-human level but if you do attempt this for yourself, with a few practices you would learn how to get them down to normal human size.

No doubt the first book will show you how to do the detail, materials and technique. Sculpturing from the bones and muscles out will ensure having the right shapes for each muscle when you put a clay skin over it ensuring you know which muscles are compressed or stretched. You only see the results of this on the last page but it will make you think of infra-structure even if you don’t go as precise as this.

Unlike drawing or painting, sculpture is more time-consuming in planning and completing and building out like this will improve anatomy and your own knowledge of muscles and tendons. Fascinating.

GF Willmetts

March 2020

(pub: Spyda Creations, 2011. 36 page medium softcover. Price: $20.00 (US))

check out websites: www.spydacreations.com and http://www.nealadamsstore.com/Spydas-Anatomy-Workbook_p_1627.html

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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 15 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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