The Human Skeleton (1)

I’m not sure how the human skeleton has become such a symbol of fear, danger and evil. Why do people use the expression, “skeletons in your closet”? I actually have my skeleton I use to draw from and have to put it in the closet sometimes. I would hate to scare anyone. I guess people have come to think that skeletons represent death. And that’s okay. They should represent death. We need to acknowledge death every now and then. But, most of all they represent life.

The human skeletal system is truly amazing. I could go on all day about those powerful bones. But, what I really want to share with you is how vital it has become for me to draw from the human skeleton. It can be a little intimidating at times. There is so much there to learn and know. I am taking a systematic approach to learning it better. I choose a theme that I can relate to either in my body or in someone else’s.

For instance, my piece titled “The Elbow is not an Island”. With the elbow it seems that so many people suffer from injuries to the elbow. Many times that is caused by not using the core to stabilize movements. Another example is my piece titled “Seasons and Senses”. With the hips we can actually feel so much in the pelvic girdle. There are so many sense receptors there. By creating drawings of the skeleton using this “theme” approach I am able to tie together the entire concept into one unified composition.