A comprehensive, yet flexible and holistic approach to the human body for artists, Roberto Osti’s method of teaching anatomy is exhaustive, but never loses sight of the fact that this understanding should lead to the creation of art.

Basic Human Anatomy teaches artists the simple yet powerful formula artists have used for centuries to draw the human figure from the inside out. Osti, using the basic system of line, shape, and form used by da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo, takes readers step-by-step through all the lessons needed in order to master this essential foundation skill.

Organized progressively, the book shows readers how to replicate the underlying structure of the body using easy-to-understand scales and ratios; conceptualize the front and side views of the skeleton with basic shapes; add detail with simplified depictions of complex bones and joints; draw a muscle map of the body with volumetric form and realistic dimension; master the feet, hands, and skull to create realistic renderings of the human form; and apply a deeper knowledge of anatomy to finished drawings for more impact.

Basic Human Anathomy | The Book


Basic Human Anathomy


Basic Human Anathomy

Basic Human Anatomy | The Book

Basic Human Anatomy | The Book

Basic Human Anatomy | The Book
roberto osti
roberto osti
Roberto Osti teaches figure drawing and human anatomy for artists at the New York Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Formally trained as a medical illustrator before becoming a fine artist, Osti has contributed his work to many science and art publications. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Europe and the United States. He is the author of Basic Human Anatomy (2016), an art instruction best seller and classic reference book. His latest book , Dynamic Human Anatomy has been released in March 2021.


  1. Ellen Cooper says:

    Hi Roberto, I listened to your webinar for the Portrait Society of America on April 17 and really enjoyed it. Thank you! I was looking for your book, Basic Human Anatomy. Is it available and can I purchase it from you? Regards, Ellen

    • roberto osti says:

      ear Ellen, Basic Human Anatomy is currently being reprinted, the publisher was caught by surprise because there was a sudden request of books that depleated the stock faster than they thought, the third reprint will be available in June. The book is not availble on Amazon for now but many of my students are finding it at Barnes and Noble, Strand, the Met bookstore, Walmart and other independent bookstores, call in advance to make sure they have it or order it fromt hem online. I am sorry about this delay.
      Thank you for your interest in my book!

  2. Emil Arkel Wärn says:


    So it will get back in stock June 2021? Will it be available worldwide or just in specific countries, I live in Sweden and wonder if it will be available here?

    Thanks 🙂

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