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Thigh Anatomy, Anteromedial View



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Tools used:

Prof. Dave Mazierski¹, Dr. Anne Agur² (content expert)

Anatomy students, medical students

Dec. 2016

Carbon dust, Adobe Illustrator

This anatomical illustration was completed as the final assignment of the human anatomy course in our program. The illustration presents a realistic depiction of the neurovascular and muscular anatomy of the thigh in an anteromedial view. While this area of human anatomy is well-studied, certain structures are cropped or omitted in many existing atlases. Drafts were also cross-referenced with a number of anatomy atlases for accuracy, especially with regard to structures in and around the dissected femoral triangle.

¹Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto, ²Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

Process Work

1. Rationale

The anteromedial thigh is an important region in human anatomy, as it contains major neurovasculatures supplying the thigh and leg. Additionally, muscles spanning the thigh are distinctly arranged in this view. Noticing an absence of this anatomical view of the full dissected thigh in many existing atlases, I undertook this project to create an illustration for it.

Grant's Atlas, 14e

2. Cadaveric Dissection and Study

A full-semester Master's level cadaveric dissection anatomy course was part of the Biomedical Communications program at University of Toronto. Detailed pencil studies were done on the anteromedial thigh after thigh / leg dissection sessions, to be used later as direct reference. Additionally, anatomy atlases as well as formalin-preserved dissected human thighs in the JCB Grant's Museum were consulted for anatomical accuracy.

3. Draft Iterations

Draft iterations were done to further clarify and define the anatomical structures of this view, as well as to change the illustration from a medial lighting to frontolateral lighting (top left of the right thigh).

4. Rendering

The final rendering was done using the carbon dust technique on a cold-press illustration board. Labels were added in Adobe Illustrator.


Augur, A.M.R., and A.F. Dalley. 2017. Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy 14e. Page 488-491: Lower Limb. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Company.

Pernkopf, E. 1963. Atlas of Topographical and Applied Human Anatomy - Vol. 2. Page 352: The Inferior Extremity. Philadelphia and London: W.B. Saunders Company.

Rohen, J.W., Yokochi, C., and Lutjen-Drecoll, E. 2011. Color Atlas of Anatomy 7e. Page 452-453: Muscles of the Thigh. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Company.