Canine Anatomy






Here is just a small selection of fantastic anatomical dog studies for   found on the on line library of the University of Wisconsin. These are going to be fantastic aids. Especially for the tricky bits like legs feet and muzzle. The head plates above show perfectly the relationship between skull mussel and flesh. The nose illustrations clear up some questions I had on there area that will help me draw with more confidence and also accuracy.

The collection courtesy of German artist Wilhelm Ellenberger, Hermann Baum, and  Hermann Dittrich shows a hole range of animals from cows – lions that was first published in 1898. Some of the collection from the 80 plates available take in some really unique view points such as a horses muscular system viewed from underneath the horse. Brilliant stuff.

German veterinary anatomists, Wilhelm Ellenberger and Hermann Baum, and medical illustrator, Hermann Dittrich. The texts, from which these illustrations were derived, are works published in 1898 and 1911 through 1925, all entitled Handbuch der Anatomie der Tiere für Künstler which can be translated as Handbook (or Atlas) of Animal Anatomy for Artists. Quote form University of Wisconsin digital library

I have discovered I absolutely love anatomical drawings. They can be among the most beautiful drawings out there. Just look at some of the stuff that out of the Russian academy of fine art (St. Petersburg) in the 18th – 19th century.

I would have loved to have made some copies of these fine illustrations but alas time is not on my side. So I just include a few of the plates in the blog to show thinking.


For more gorgeous animal anatomy illustrations form Wilhelm Ellenberger, Hermann Baum, and  Hermann Dittrichclick click the link bellow.


University of Wisconsin Digital Collection , Veterinary Anatomical illustrations.

University of Wisconsin Digital Collection , A Comparative View of the Human and Animal Frame


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