The hip-bone’s connected to the thigh-bone….
Week 2 of Rey Bustos’s Ecorche/ 3D Anatomy class at LAAFA introduced the two major bones of the lower body: the pelvis and the femur.
To simplify the daunting task of rendering the pelvis in 3D, Rey started with a less-intimidating concept – a square. Two squares, actually, drawn together in a rectangle. You can see this rectangle on the blackboard in the photo at right. So far, so good.
Rey then used the framework of these squares to guide students in drawing the pelvis in 2D. We drew our own maps of anatomical terrain most of us had only previously used… well… to sit on. Keeping up with the lecture and Rey’s detailed drawing (left) kept us busy! We learned the five “landmarks” of the pelvis to look for on a live model. In addition, we learned how even the invisible bony bumps under layers of muscle and soft tissue affect the visible parts of the human body. Good stuff!
When we were ready to start adding the clay “skeleton” to our wire armature, Rey lent a hand and gave a brief demo to get us started.
Then we were on our own!
Moving on to the femur, Rey gave another brief lecture. Since we all now had at least part of the pelvis completed, Rey’s approach to the femur emphasized its connectedness to the pelvis and the rest of the skeleton. Again starting with a simple concept, Rey showed us how to form the head of the femur from a clay “worm” wrapped around our wire armature. Rey left us on our own to work for the rest of class, but was always on hand to answer questions and provide help.
I can hardly wait for tomorrow’s class! Here’s my completed Week 2 homework.