Friday, August 3, 2018
I learned human exterior and muscle anatomy by buying and dissecting muscle magazines. I also copied and traced the models in their photographs. Even in the 1970s the bodybuilders were using steroids and other drugs to enhance their physiques. This guy came from one of these mags. I don't know his name but he wasn't famous. In 1975 Arnold Schwarzenegger won the "Mr. Olympia" bodybuilding championship for the sixth time in a row and by 1982 he was playing "Conan the Barbarian" in the movies. I still have some muscle mags collecting steroid-enhanced dust on my shelves.
Watercolor and ink on sketchbook page, 4" x 4", 1975.