Muscular Anatomy 101 // A Full Set of Drawn Muscles with Attachments, Innervations, Blood Supplies, and Actions!

Hi everyone! So, if you are a visual learner like me, then you know that learning all of the muscles in the human body can be a daunting task if you don't have visuals to aid in your studying. I spend a lot of time in the cadaver lab and in osteology lab (with skeletal models) to learn all of the different muscles and bony structures one-by-one. Additionally, since I learn best with pictures and colors, I have drawn out my school's muscle chart. Resources like Netter and Human Anatomy Atlas have wonderful illustrations and I use them for reference, but as a visual/tangible learner, drawing and writing things out myself helps me grasp information the best. This has helped me SO much because when I am recalling the information, I can visualize vivid images of the colorful drawings I made and make sense of everything there is to know about a muscle.

Do you need to do this to be successful with anatomy? No, absolutely not. I actually did all of these drawings before I started school and once it started, all I had to do was fill in the information from my muscle chart. So, if these weren't done over a prolonged period of time, it would have been veryyy time-consuming to try to manage while the semester was in full-swing. Plus we all have different learning strategies that are the most beneficial to us, right?!

Some of the specific information, such as what attachments your anatomy professor wants you to know/study, may vary from program to program. But, if the information on these "giant flashcards" follow along closely with what you need to know to do well and understand muscular anatomy, then feel free to save/print them for study tools of your own! And remember - these will be the most effective in combination with studying cadavers, skeletal models, your classmates' bodies, and your own body!

The muscles are grouped by their classification i.e. superficial back, deep posterior forearm, etc. Find the classification you are looking for (click CONTROL+F or COMMAND+F on your keyboard for quick access), then click on an image to enlarge it! And just for reference - all muscles are drawn on the right side of the body. 


By popular demand and for your studying convenience, I have compiled all of my drawings below into one collective PDF file. Please email me at if you would like the PDF! :)

Superficial Anterior Triangle Muscles


Suprahyoid Muscles


Infrahyoid Muscles


Deep Anterior Neck Muscles


Lateral Neck Muscles


Temporal and Infratemporal Muscles


Superficial Back Muscles


Intermediate Back Muscles


Deep Back (Spinotransversales) Muscles


Deep Back (Erector Spinae/Sacrospinalis) Muscles


Deep Back (Transversospinalis Group) Muscles


Suboccipital Muscles


Superficial Thoracic Wall Muscles


Shoulder Girdle Muscles


Anterior Arm Muscles


Posterior Arm Muscles


Superficial Anterior Forearm Muscles


Intermediate Anterior Forearm Muscles


Deep Anterior Forearm Muscles


Superficial Posterior Forearm Muscles


Deep Posterior Forearm Muscles


Intrinsic Hand Muscles


Thoracic Muscles


Anterolateral Abdominal Wall Muscles


Posterior Abdominal Wall Muscles


Anterior Thigh Muscles


Medial Thigh Muscles

Buttock Muscles


Deep Buttock Muscles


Posterior Thigh Muscles


Anterior Compartment of the Leg Muscles


Lateral Compartment of the Leg Muscles


Superficial Posterior Leg Muscles


Deep Posterior Leg Muscles


Dorsal Intrinsic Foot Muscles


1st Layer of Plantar Intrinsic Muscles


2nd Layer of Plantar Intrinsic Muscles


3rd Layer of Plantar Intrinsic Muscles


4th Layer of Plantar Intrinsic Muscle


Happy studying! :)