Deluxe Manicure Kit

7-piece Deluxe Manicure Kit. Contains gold plated, cuticle scissor, cuticle nipper and tweezer. Also contains nail nipper, plastic handle nail file, cuticle pusher and cuticle cutter.

Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form

The power of the image of the nude–the expressivity of the flesh–has inspired artists from the beginning. An understanding of human form is essential for artists to be able to express themselves with the figure. Anatomy makes the figure. Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form is the definitive analytical work on the anatomy of the human figure.
No longer will working artists have to search high and low to find the information they need. In this, the most up-to-date and fully illustrated guide available, Eliot Goldfinger–sculptor, illustrator, scientific model-maker, and lecturer on anatomy–presents a single, all-inclusive reference to human form, capturing everything artists need in one convenient volume. Five years in the making, and featuring hundreds of photos and illustrations, this guide offers more views of each bone and muscle than any other book ever published: every structure that creates or influences surface form is individually illustrated in clear, carefully lit photographs and meticulous drawings. Informed by the detailed study of both live models and cadavers, it includes numerous unique presentations of surface structures–such as fat pads, veins, and genitalia–and of some muscles never before photographed. In addition, numerous cross sections, made with reference to CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging, and cut cadavers, trace the forms of all body regions and individual muscles. Information on each structure is placed on facing pages for ease of reference, and the attractive two-color format uses red ink to direct readers rapidly to important points and areas. Finally, an invaluable chapter on the artistic development of basic forms shows in a series of sculptures the evolution of the figure, head, and hands from basic axes and volumes to more complex organic shapes. This feature helps place the details of anatomy within the overall context of the figure.
Certain to become the standard reference in the field, Human Anatomy for Artists will be indispensable to artists and art students, as well as art historians. It will also be a useful aid for physical and dance therapists, athletes and their trainers, bodybuilders, and anyone concerned with the external form of the human body. With the renewed interest in figurative art today, this will be an especially welcome volume.

WML: How to Stop Biting Nails

As I mentioned previously, I’ve had some success with stopping nail biting.

I did not really start biting nails on my own. I picked it up from one of my childhood friends. You know, peer pressure. In fact, it was the same friend that cost me that front tooth which I will be replacing with an implant now. Two things to remember him by. Grrr.

I analyzed my nail biting and came up with the following conclusions:
a) I usually start biting a nail that is longer then the rest, has overgrown cuticle or jagged edges.
b) I bite my nails more when my hands are dry

Ok, so here’s how I stopped:

I went to a Dwayne Reed drugstore and bought myself a whole bunch of manicure stuff:

  • a couple of nail files
  • nail buffer
  • nail cissors
  • cuticle sissors
  • cuticle stick
  • Orly No Bite bitter clear polish
  • Sally Hansen Problem Cuticle Remover
  • Sally Hansen Radiant Hands, Nails & Cuticles Creme
  • Sally Hansen Maximum Growth
  • Sally Hansen Thicken Up!� Strengthening Nail Thickener

    First I took care of the dry skin. I really like that Radiant Hands, Nails & Cuticles Creme – it almost doesn’t smell.

    Then I took care of the cuticles with the cuticle cream and cuticle scissors.

    Polished away jagged surface of bitten nails and buffed their surface.

    For a weekend I used the bitter nail polish thingy. It’s wasn’t very bitter, but it reminded me.

    More importantly, I kept a nail file at work, in my bag, near my computer and at my bedside table. The hardest thing is to stop after biting a nail. By polishing away the jagged edge as soon as you transgress it’s easiest to stop.

    I applied the “Maximum Growth and Thicken Up” thingies from time to time. Nails that are bitten for a long time do not grow very well and are thin. These two products help a little with that.

    I think at some point I am going to get a manicure and a pedicure. Maybe it’s not very manly, but I am very secure in my masculinity.

    [update] Even after all that I was not able to quit completely. These days I can go without nail biting for up to a month at a time, but I am a full blown nail biting recidivist. That moisturizer really helps though.

    If you are coming from Lifehacker link, please don’t forget to take a look at the rest of WML posts and other good stuff.