Bridgman’s Anatomy with Erik Gist and Ben Young


Registration Opens June 29th, 2022 at 8am PT

Audit: Watch instructor warm up, demo and receive photo reference every week.

Full Participation: Watch instructor warm up, demo, receive photo reference AND receive instructor critique every week.

All videos will be available until two weeks after week 5 of the term.


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Instructor Critiques for Full Participation Students by Ben Young will be uploaded for viewing approximately one week after each class. 

This class uses demo footage from the Spring 2020 term. 

Date : Jul 14 – Aug 11

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Thursday at 12pm PT.

Level :  All Levels Welcome

In Bridgman’s Anatomy, you will learn how to study the works of George Bridgman, using the book George Bridgman’s Complete Guide to Drawing from Life.  You will look at converting Bridgman’s scratchy, chaotic drawings into clean tonal interpretations, focusing on basic forms and shapes, as well as basic anatomical origins and insertions. You will then use photos of bodybuilders to extrapolate the Bridgman information, while also looking at the works of Frank Frazetta to see how to use Bridgman’s concepts in an illustration. Simply put, this is anatomy for artists, not for surgeons! To get the most out of the course, pick up the Bridgman book. We will provide online resources for you to go to for Frazetta’s works and photos of body builders.


• Conte 1710b or Wolf’s Carbon 6B charcoal pencil

• Smooth Newsprint

• Single Edge Razor Blade

• Sanding Pad

• Kneaded Eraser

Erik Gist

Erik M. Gist received his B.A. from SDSU in 1998. He began studying with Jeff Watts in 1996, three years later he began to teach and has done so ever since. Erik has worked in the video game industry as a concept designer and 3-D artist and is now working as a freelance illustrator. Erik’s clients include Marvel Comics, D.C. Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Disney, Audible, Wizards of the Coast, Upperdeck, Boom! Studios, Palladium Books, Blizzard Entertainment, Viking Childrens Books, Monkey Brain Books, Quart Publishing, and Chiat-Day. His work can be seen in Spectrum: the best in fantastic art including a nomination in 2018, and Aphrodesia: art of the female form 1 . Along with a Spectrum nomination, he has been nominated for an Illie Award, a Pulp Ark Award, a Chesley Award, and multiple Horror Comic Awards including one win. For more information about Erik’s art please visit his website at

Ben M. Young

Ben Young has studied and taught at Watts Atelier for the past 20 years. He has worked as a freelance illustrator and conceptual designer. Clients include Sony Entertainment, Reflexive Entertainment, Upper Deck and Blizzard. Ben is currently working on his career in fine art. View more of Ben’s work at

Additional information

Class Type

Full Participation, Audit