My mom is an artist (as a hobby, though. She owns a clothing store as her job.) and she is REALLY BIG on the whole art and anatomy book thing, so if you go into my brother room you'll find this HUGE bookshelf just filled to the brim with every art book under the sun!
I read all of my dad's old medical textbooks and anatomy studies. Although some are a little disturbing. I really and truly did NOT enjoy seeing a picture of a cadaver's shriveled genitals while searching for a leg reference at 2 AM.
a nice one : Anatomie artistique JenÚ Barcsay editor Berger Levrault -essentially drawings, with some explanations and a famous one : Leonard de Vinci l'oeuvre graphique editor Taschen - found in a second hand bookseller for 20 euros! a genius!!!
Actually I own several... mostly directed toward artiest. I borrowed my sisters medical anatomy book before I got my own- and I even have one that... kinda borders on pornography.... (not that I've ever read a porn book) *cough* but they are all very useful for practicing the human figure. I quite enjoy drawing with them- especially during the summer when I actually have time to draw...
I own a book about the human body but it's not really about anatomy. But it's a big help for me cause it's a good reference though it doesn't show me how to draw the human body. I've been studying human anatomy through observing and the internet...
needed one for my figure drawing class a few semesters ago. Definitely worth it. Anyone who says they don't need one has to seriously take a look at their ego. You need a basic understanding of real anatomy before you can claim distortions as your "style". Otherwise you will plateau and not improve for years.
Kudos to anyone who sees the value in actually owning some form of anatomy guide!