My name is Uldis Zarins, I am a classically trained sculptor with over 25 years of experience and a degree in Art (Sculpture) from the Art Academy of Latvia. I am also currently teaching anatomy at the Art Academy of Latvia and author of two globally-recognized anatomy books for artists:
Newest Book - Form Of The Head and Neck
THIS IS THE OLD PICTURE. IF WE REACH THE GOAL. WE ARE RECREATING THE SYSTEM AND IMPROVING IT WITH MORE INFORMATION AND A NEW DESIGN! IMPLEMENTING it in maximum 3 month time from the Kickstarter ending! Available on our website, all the time.
WE ARE GOING TO MAKE THIS BOOK PRINTED AND PDF! BOTH WILL BE AVAILABLE
Most of the time, facial muscles do not create the form itself but influence the form change. In other words, they are just moving the masses instead of being the masses. Therefore, it turns out that, it is not only important to explain the anatomy but also the relationship between the anatomy and form.
Before I start making a new book, I always ask myself: "What do I need as an artist?
There aren’t many books about facial anatomy that explain not only the muscles, but also the form of the face. Consequently, this is the information and knowledge that is actually important for sculptors and 3D modelers.
Therefore using references, either photos or live models, is about copying nature. However, in my own experience, the key to success isn’t found in only copying nature but most importantly – understanding it. If you understand the actual form and how it’s created, it gives you, as an artist, a lot of creative freedom.
This book is made with that purpose –
Look, sometimes I hear statements such as: “this face looks a bit Asian” but what makes a face look Asian? Is it the eyes, the curvature of the face, the nose? What are those features and how can I create them?
Or, for instance, sometimes people say: “this face looks older, or this girl's face looks too masculine.” But the real question is, what are those things that make a face look masculine or older? Maybe it’s the nasolabial fold or maybe it’s the jawline?
In order to be a successful artist, it’s not enough to know how to create a realistic and still Caucasian male face. Even though the sculpture David by Michelangelo is extraordinary, it can't be used every single time.
Faces, as you all know, are an ever-changing structure. First of all, it’s rarely static and there are many factors that make us look different besides emotions. Such as:
A little bit of Anatomy
Body type, etc.
In this book, these critical features and other questions are going to be analyzed and described as to how they affect the form of a person’s head. That’s where understanding the form of the face and head comes from.
A Grid for the form! Visual and image information including 3D models, photos and color-coding is a key part and are an essential in all of our books. It is important for an artist to have this structured approach.
To properly understand the complex structures, they need to be simplified first. Every single element like the mouth, eye, or ear, is going to be broken down into block-outs and then developed into detailed realistic shapes.
Don't be restricted to the consistent perfect reference research - we offer freedom! A physical book with those references and the information to understand the form of the face and head.
- NEWEST CONTENT!
Young age -
Older age -
Facial Flatness -
Ethnicity block-out (you can view this in 2.5D on our Facebook page, check it out) -
Submental fullness -
Occiput and trapezius muscle -
PDF VERSION - not Digital platform
We made a survey and noticed a lot of our community meber asking for a e-book version. At first we thought about making a digital platform, however now we understand that the PDF is the most optimal version. We can't change the pledge text in Kickstarter, however there will be no digital platform. Instead the e-book will be in a PDF version.
We have always valued quality over quantity. That is why every book we create has large amounts of extensive work and research put into them. By supporting us, you support the artists and the anatomy experts that want to support artists and produce the best possible information they can. Your investment gives us the resources to offer this quality book, by investing in artists, experts, equipment and time. While still doing it as “fast” as we can, while not losing any quality aspects.
"This book is thorough, complete and absolutely beautiful. The use of 3D models to show what's happening under the skin makes the information so much easier to visualize. Uldis has the ability to filter information to the key bits that will help artists make better art. And he does it in a comprehensible way with simple illustrations. This is a companion you'll keep coming back to and leave on your desk. A friend you'll carry in your backpack for years as you embark on the exciting journey of facial anatomy."
Stan Prokopenko. Artist and Founder at Proko.com
"For anyone who is interested is solidifying their knowledge of the human face and all its complexities, this books is for you. This will forever be a part of my pool of reference whenever I create work that deals with facial anatomy and expressions."
Giovanno Nakpil. Character Artist
"The arrival of the digital era and 3D modeling offer vast opportunities and challenges in teaching and learning. I am very pleased to see that editors have now brought their expertise to this brilliant guide with innovative and original interpretations of muscle anatomy. Authors have created an important resource for students and teachers. This well-written book provides coverage of a number of important issues and techniques not commonly treated in a didactic manner and specifically not covered in most introductory anatomy books. Overall a brilliant piece of work! I wish I had this book when I was a student..."
Peteris Stradins. Associate Professor, MD, PhD.
“I am the Creative director of Character Design for Sesame Street. I am also a teacher of art and I wanted to express my gratitude and amazement at your accomplishment with your book "Anatomy For Sculptors". Any student of anatomy would benefit from that brilliant work!! I am a sculptor but I primarily draw and your book is second only to "Artistic Anatomy"
- Dr. Paul Richer.
“I just wanted to say thank you and BRAVO!!”
Louis Henry Mitchell. Creative director
"Anatomy For Sculptors for me is the best anatomy book that has come around in a while. As an educator specializing in anatomy for artists I can honestly say that it is now on my very short list of best anatomy books anywhere. I must add though that the title should be "Anatomy for ANY artist". This is a must have for all artists.”
Rey Bustos. Artistic anatomist and educator
"The last book has been AMAZING and has really helped me with furthering my understanding of anatomy. I am very excited for the new book and interested in the augmented reality model and how that will look. The only feedback I can say is PLEASE KEEP THESE COMING! The books you are getting out there allow for an expedited understanding of anatomy and forms. I have been making character art for 10 years professionally and have multiple reference statues from areas like anatomytools.com, yet in that time I learned 1/3 from the ref statues than from your book, and in a muuuuch shorty time."
Ben Knap. Lead character artist at Hi-Rez Studios
"GREAT BOOK!! I’ve been practicing a human for competition & it is really helping!!"
Aaron Costic. Ice Sculptor, Four times National Champion
"Anatomy4Sculptors.com is a resource every artist should know about. Their latest Kickstarter campaign, Head and Neck Anatomy, combines 21st century technical wizardry, deep anatomical knowledge, and major artistic talent. Put simply, it may well create the most advanced and comprehensive body of artistic and anatomical knowledge on the human head and neck ever assembled."
Alan Friend. Scottish painter
Risks and challenges
This is our third book and Kickstarter campaign. It’s been an amazing experience. The things we learned from our projects and crowd-funding have taught us well. Helping us understand the obstacles that might occur and how to better overcome them.
We use the leading printing house in our location as well as an in-house logistics personnel and the global mailing system. We have been sending books around the world for more than 5 years and have added enough buffer in our timeline to ensure the books full completion. However, in case there are other unexpected challenges that occur, you will be the first to know about them and we will compensate for it!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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