Anatomy for Artists: Upper Back Muscles

This explains the most important muscles on the upper back torso of the figure for artists to be able to draw and recognize. Muscles covered include the deltoid, latissimus dorsi, teres major, infraspinatus, and the trapezius. The relationship of these muscles to the bony landmarks, how they overlap on top of each other is covered as well. Lecture led by Art Prof Clara Lieu.

Video Walkthrough

  • The simplicity of a back
  • Back muscles are subtle
  • Muscles overlap
  • The spine is important!
  • Flexibility of the arms
  • Scapula is covered with muscle

Muscles in the video

  • Trapezius
  • Deltoid
  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Infraspinatus
  • Teres Major
  • Serratus