Observed Anatomy


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anatomy overlay drawing

Figure study, graphite on paper, 50cm x 70cm

Several times a year, I have the pleasure to teach figure drawing and artistic anatomy to the beginning and intermediate students at Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy.

A competent knowledge of human anatomy is fundamental for successfully incorporating the figure into one’s work.  My personal approach to teaching this is simultaneously develop observation skills while familiarize the to student with underlying structure through the creation of graphic overlays.

The class begins with a drawing is created over a series of sessions from a model.  Once the drawings are at a certain level overlays of the skeleton and muscle groups are created.  In addition to the model, a skeleton and Paul Richer’s Artistic Anatomy aid the  student in the development of work.

The images above and below are the examples I created during the class.


anatomy overlay skeleton

Overlay of the skeleton, graphite on tracing paper, 50cm x 70cm


anatomy overlay muscles

Overlay of the major muscle groups, colored pencil and chalk on tracing paper, 50cm x 70cm 




Studio Sale: Works Available


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Anais, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm

I am offering several works directly up for sale.  Please feel to contact me with any questions.

A Bronze Sculpture of “Truth Unveiled” by Matthew James Collins

This a an artists proof of an edition of 6. The bronze figure is mounted on a marble base and is approximately 25cm high. The price includes shipping within the Continental US.


Anais, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm

This is a picture that I created several years ago as a study for my larger painting of Thetis. The price includes international shipping


Ceres, original unique bronze, life size.

The is an original bronze bust of Ceres. It is a one of a kind piece. It is mounted on a green marble base. For more photos please contact me. The price includes shipping within the Continental US.


Pastel study for Resurrected Christ, unfixed pastel on paper, 50cm x 70cm

This is a pastel study for an unrealized fresco project. The pastel is unfixed and will be shipped attached to a board support with protective glassine paper. The price includes international shipping.