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Ecorche Skeleton

An update on my ecorche done in Andrew Ameral's Anatomy/Ecorche class.

Most the skeleton is at least roughed-in and now we have started adding the major muscles of the face - and even an eyeball!

The right half of the skeleton will be refined and stay exposed. The left half will have all the muscles.

Therefore, I have only carved the ribs on the right side where they will be seen!

The whole skeleton! The legs and arms are still very rough but it's mostly there. The whole dude is about 30 inches high.

He needs a name. Yes, he is a he. Any suggestions?

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Reader Comments (11)

Sadie ! ! !
amazing study, great great job!

April 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGiovanni Pasini

Remarkable! Your patience and skill appear to be endless. Thank you so much for sharing your processes - I've learnt a lot from your blog over the past few months and will continue to visit for inspiration and advice. You really are a priceless resource and guide for beginners such as myself.

As for names, I'll put forward Sidney! It's the name I gave my plastic skeleton as a child!

April 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline Bray Art

Thanks Gio and Pasani!

Caroline glad you are enjoying the blog - be sure to look at the videos if you have not yet!

I like the name Sidney! Sid could work, too :)

April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSadie J. Valeri

A nice piece of human architecture, you will finally make this look alive ;)
Best, Marco.

April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarco Folchi


April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa Rankin

Your patience is amazing. Your skills surpass it. Kind of reminds me of a Daniel Sprick painting. Maybe you could call him Danny Bones or Mr. Spricks.


April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Lynn Adams

What a wonderful thing to do!
I think Janus would suit him very well.
And why are skeleton always male?

p.s Wonderful blog Sadie, Thank-you.

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhj.frost

I wonder how Mr. Sprick himself would feel about that! :)

Thanks HJ, this one is male because the shape of the pelvis and the skull, and the overall proportions, are based off a real male skeleton (and also from male skeletons in anatomy books). I think a lot of artificial skeletons are based off male proportions. But of course, it's possible to get either male or female real skeletons.

I like the name Janus, too!

April 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSadie J. Valeri

Hi Sadie, the study is looking great!
I will sadly miss your drop in drawing at your studio tonight, I had a great time.
I will look forward to the progress of the dude.
It was a pleasure meeting you.
Take care

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Trapani

Very impressive!

I suggest 'Boris' as a name.....

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine Tyrrell

Hello Sadie, Fantastic work. Congratulations again on winning the first place award from ARC - I am so glad I took that beginner's class with you. Thank you again for inspiration and a very good teaching. I think I can say I made progress. Janus is nice (two faces beginning and end ) I called my cranium clappy clap - Oh well!!::Nadia that's not funny!!::

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNadia
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