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Intro to Artistic Anatomy of the Human Body

Anatomy Artist, Kota Kato

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Class Intro
Anatomy Artist, Kota Kato

Kota Kato, who has studied anatomy
from both art and medical perspectives,
has earned the trust of his high expertise
in artistic anatomy.

In this class,
you will learn the basics of anatomy,
such as the basic structure of
each part of the human body:
the bones, muscles, and body surface,
and how to use it for
illustration and work creation.
It is structured for you
to learn, gather knowledge, and understand
anatomy the easy-way while practicing
with more than 20 drawing-type
class materials.

Coloso Kota Kato Intro to Artistic Anatomy of the Human Body

In the end, you will analyze
famous artworks and utilize
what you learned in this class.
After taking this class, you will be able to
convey your knowledge and skills
so that you can scrutinize
the information about anatomy yourself
and develop the ability to judge
the discomfort of your own and other works
regarding the human body.

Anatomy expertise can be utilized in all fields
expressing the human body, such as illustrators,
CG creators, designers, etc.


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Length: 31 videos
(Duration 22h 3m)
Difficulty: Basic
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Video Details

Audio: Japanese
Subtitles: English

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36 Class materials (Drawing/Learning)

Expert Anatomy Artist
Kota Kato's Profile & Portfolio


Kota Kato
Anatomy Artist

Hello, I'm an Anatomy Artist, Kota Kato.

I use the drawing skills that
I learned at the Art University
and the knowledge I acquried working
in the field of anatomy
to teach various artists about art anatomy.

Artistic anatomy is a useful discipline
for any artist who wants to express
the human body.
Therefore, aside from giving lectures at the university,
I also give lectures to animators,
manga artists, 3D modelers, game creators,
and many more.

Artistic anatomy takes time to master,
but once you know it all,
it should be easier to explore whats next.
If you take time to learn the shapes
and arrangements of bones & muscles
and handle them freely,
you'll be able to easily notice
the discomfort of your work.

This class will teach you everything
about artistic anatomy
based on knowledge of art and medicine,
and allow you to easily
acquire the skills to apply to
your own work production
by practicing with the class materials provided.
Thank you!

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Coloso Kota Kato
Anatomy Artist,
Kota Kato

Anatomy Artist/Teacher

Projects & Awards

2016 Juntendo University Anatomy and Biostructure Science Course Assistant Professor
2014 Part-time Lecturer, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
2013 Completed the doctoral program at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
2008 Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Design

[Literary work]
"Animal + Human Comparative Anatomy Learned from Sketches" Genkosha
"Art anatomy of masterpieces and sculptures: Distinguishing the internal structure from the undulations of masterpieces" SB Creative
"What is art anatomy?" Trans view
"Art Anatomy Taught Through Sketches" Genkosha


36 Class Exercises


Class Highlights

Art Anatomy Taught from the Perspective of Art and Medicine

Learn the basic knowledge of the human body with Kota Kato, who graduated from an Art University and has experience in the field of anatomy and applied skills that can be utilized in the production of works such as illustrations.

Coloso Kota Kato Introduction

Easy to Understand Explanation with a Focus On Difficult Parts

In this class, based on abundant experience as an instructor, KatoKota will explain in a more understandable way, focusing on the parts that are difficult for students to feel and understand when studying with books.

Coloso Kota Kato Introduction

Easy to Learn Curriculum with Drawing-Type Class Materials

The curriculum is organized for you to acquire knowledge in a easier way by practicing while actually moving the hands, coloring the skeleton and drawing parts in the exercises provided along with the class videos.

Coloso Kota Kato Introduction

Class Details
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SECTION 01. Orientation

01. Intro to Class & Lecturer

  1. Self-introduction
  2. Outline explanation through the course
  3. A rough description of each section

02. Introduction of Art Anatomy: Teaching Materials and Study Methods

  1. The effect of art anatomy
  2. Introduction of teaching materials
  3. Explanation about study method

03. Basic Anatomy Terms

  1. Whole body division
  2. Explanation of directions in anatomy

04. Whole Body Proportions

  1. 7.5 Head and body proportions
  2. Proportions during growth
  3. Art expression proportions
SECTION 02. Osteology

05. Bones of the Skull

  1. Basic structure of bone
  2. Difference between bone and skeleton
  3. Explanation of the bones and part names that make up the skull
  4. Facial skeleton
  5. Neurocranium
  6. Dentition
  7. Nose and ear cartilage

06. Bones of the Trunk

  1. Explanation of the bones and part names that make up the torso
  2. Spine
  3. Basic structure of the vertebra
  4. Rib
  5. Sternum
  6. Rib cage
  7. Trunk bones that can be seen from the body surface

07. Bones of the Upper Limbs

  1. Explanation of the bones and part names that make up the upper limbs
  2. Clavicle
  3. Scapula
  4. Humerus
  5. Ulna
  6. Radius
  7. Carpal bones
  8. Metacarpal bones
  9. Phalanx
  10. Upper limb bones that can be seen from the body surface

08. Bones of the Lower Limbs

  1. Explanation of the bones and part names that make up the lower limbs
  2. Hip bone
  3. Femur
  4. Patella
  5. Tibia
  6. Fibula
  7. Metatarsal bone
  8. Phalanx
  9. Lower limb bones that can be seen from the body surface

09. Review of the Bones

  1. Where it is easy to make a mistake in the placement of bones
SECTION 03. Jointology

10. Joints of the Trunk

  1. Basic structure of joints
  2. Understanding bone connection of the trunk and bone position with exercise

11. Joints of the Upper Limb

  1. Understand upper limb bone connection and bone position with exercise

12. Joints of the Lower Limb

  1. Explanation of the connection and range of motion of the bones of the lower limbs
  2. Hyperextension

13. Simplifying the Skeleton

  1. Simple skeleton for animation, CG rigs, etc.

14. Analyzing the Skeleton: Exercise 1

  1. Skeleton when walking

15. Analyzing the Skeleton: Exercise 2

  1. Skeleton when jumping
SECTION 04. Myology

16. Muscles of the Head & Neck

  1. Basic structure of muscle
  2. Head muscles
  3. Muscles on the front of the neck

17. Muscles of the Trunk

  1. Intrinsic spine
  2. Thoracic wall muscle
  3. Abdominal wall muscle

18. Upper Limb: Muscle 1

  1. Upper limb band muscle

19. Upper Limb: Muscle 2

  1. Brachialis muscle
  2. Forearm muscle
  3. Hand muscle

20. Lower Limb: Muscle 1

  1. Lower limb band muscle
  2. Thigh muscle

21. Lower Limb: Muscle 2

  1. Lower leg muscle
  2. Leg muscles

22. Review of the Muscles

  1. Where it is easy to make mistakes
SECTION 05. Body Surface Anatomy

23. Body Surface Terms, Body Fat, Body Surface Appendages

  1. Main terms of whole body surface
  2. Body fat
  3. Cutaneous vein
  4. Hair

24. Body Surface Anatomy: Head and Neck

  1. Determine head and neck undulations
  2. Topography of the head and neck

25. Body Surface Anatomy: Trunk

  1. Determine the undulations of the trunk surface
  2. Topography of the torso

26. Body Surface Anatomy: Upper Limb

  1. Determine the undulations of the upper limbs
  2. Topography of the upper limbs

27. Body Surface Anatomy: Lower Limb

  1. Determine the undulations of the lower limbs
  2. Topography of the lower extremities
SECTION 06. Analyzing the Internal Structure of an Artwork

28. Michelangelo

  1. Analyzing a human body image with a strong rotational posture

29. Peter Paul Rubens

  1. Analyzing a sketch of obscure undulations

30. Egon Schiele

  1. Analyzing skeletal indicators that can be observed from the body surface

31. Auguste Rodin

  1. Analyzing the human body image that expresses emotions

with Kota Kato

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What do you find most difficult for those who are studying in that field, and how can you solve that point through this class?

Many beginners may think that they don't know where to learn anatomy. It's not difficult if you learn from the basics one by one. Even if you don't know it at first, you will be able to understand it by comparing similar structures. Experienced people can supplement the uneven knowledge that is biased by self-education. By self-study, you can study what you like well, but you cannot study or study what you are not good at. By taking a comprehensive class, it will be easier to get the knowledge of the parts that you were not good at.

What kind of efforts have you made to solve the difficult parts of your studies?

It is often difficult to remember the anatomical structure at once. If you memorize it in a short period, it's easy to forget it. But if you take the time to study or get into the habit of investigating, your knowledge will increase steadily. You can help establish your memory using the five senses other than vision and you can also enhance the learning effect if you not only look at it with your eyes but also move your hands, read it aloud, or check it while touching your body.

How can students use the class materials provided with the class?

First, with the perks shared, I would like you to draw it in the same way while watching the class video. Let's study while moving your hands as well as watching. Once you practice drawing, you will be able to arrange and practice in your way from now on.

What are your thoughts about marketability and prospects in the illustration field?

A wide variety of expressions require the human body, such as illustrations, manga, animation, and CG. Anatomical knowledge is a compilation of facts that anyone can observe to use regardless of fashion, expression, or style. The more knowledge you have, the more you will be able to understand the undulations of the human body, and the more you will be able to express it in your work.

Required Programs

This course will use Procreate.
Please purchase and install these program(s) for an optimized lecture experience.

*You can take this class using other programs aside from the programs mentioned above.
**These programs and/or materials will not be provided with the course.

- Photoshop
- Illustrator

Procreate Adobe Photoshop Illustrator Clip Studio

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