Artistic Anatomy Lecture: Leg Bones

Art Prof Clara Lieu explains the bones in the leg, including the femur, the patella, the tibia, fibula, and more.

Explained in the video is the proportional relationships between the bones in the upper leg and the lower leg, as well as the important role of joints in the leg, such as the patella.

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Video Walkthrough

  • The 4 views in anatomy: lateral (outside), medial (inside) posterior (back), anterior (front).
  • People think of a leg as being a straight vertical limb.
  • Legs are often posed to appear like a straight vertical.
  • Legs are not as straight as you think!
  • From the front view, the femur is a diagonal.
  • The Tibia is the largest bone in the lower leg, it stands in the front.
  • The Tibia and Fibula “group” together.
  • The Lateral Malleolus is always lower than the Medial Malleolus.
  • The Patella (kneecap) is a very substantial joint, look for it as a guiding landmark in the leg.
  • The Great Trochanter is the midpoint on the side of the figure.
  • Search for the Tibia, the Fibular is an accessory to the Tibia.
  • Look for where the Tibia and Fibula overlap each other.
  • The Patella is surrounded by fat pads and tendon.
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Bones mentioned

  • Femur
  • Tibia
  • Fibula
  • Patella
  • Lateral Malleolus
  • Medial Malleolus
  • Lateral Epicondyle
  • Medial Epicondyle
  • Great Trochanter
  • Iliac Crest
  • Anterior Superior Iliac Spine

Muscles mentioned

  • Gluteus Maximus
  • Gluteus Medias
  • Tensor Fasciae Latae
Leg Reference #11

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