Book Spotlight: Post your fave art books

Discussion in 'Art and Illustration' started by Jw, May 14, 2011.

  1. Tigercougar

    Tigercougar Member

    Ooh...anyone else got dragon book recommendations?
  2. Arshes Nei

    Arshes Nei Masticates in Public

  3. Taralack

    Taralack Hit 'em right between the eyes

    Neondragon is good, but the ones Arshes posted are better.

    I also like looking at D&D Monster Manuals.
  4. Arshes Nei

    Arshes Nei Masticates in Public

    While he has the book for sale, one artist offers a free downloadable and printable PDF of his book.
    The Fundamentals of Drawing from Life.

    Read The Text

    He sells a physical copy on Amazon for 25. He also graciously accepts donations on his website for providing his free PDF.
  5. zhuria

    zhuria Member

  6. Arshes Nei

    Arshes Nei Masticates in Public

    Thanks for reminding me about that Bobby Chiu book. It was on my list of things to get.

    I used to listen to his podcasts a lot. I always get reminded of why you draw from life because of this simple video

    Onto Books:

    David Colman's book on Animal Character Design is one of my favorite books. Unfortunately I believe it's out of print because the prices for it skyrocketed.


    He does have other books out.



    He's also got some DVDs for Character design too. Vol 1 and 2.
  7. Aleu

    Aleu Deuces

  8. YukiWolf

    YukiWolf New Member

    Has anyone here seen this book?

    I've flipped through it a bit and it looks like it has some good stuff in it
  9. Taralack

    Taralack Hit 'em right between the eyes


  10. Arshes Nei

    Arshes Nei Masticates in Public

    God that Draw Furries book is still nightmare fuel.

    I think Impact went around shopping for someone to shill that topic and got Jared and Lindsay. While their techniques have been generally helpful in the past, like - and their older book on how to CG. even with the crack eyes.

    Draw Furries is creepy and awful. It really is mostly telling you to go use other books half the time. It has some creepy ass eyes and while some illustrations are interesting there's a lot of misses. Even the cover is fucking creepy. Seriously why is that Fox's eye like front view when his head is in profile?
  11. Arshes Nei

    Arshes Nei Masticates in Public

    A good Business book. I also recommend the Graphic Artists' Handbook but they update about every year so not directly linking since some prices could have changed.


    More on artists I like I like getting these Sketch books because they're cheap and have a lot of sketches - lets you study their process

    Alphonse Mucha

    John Singer Sargent

    One of my favorite books on drawing the head - There is an amusing section how he mixes anthropomorphic features in the end of his book
  12. Tiamat

    Tiamat Sex nuts and retard strong

    Haha the draw furries book! I discovered it myself (online pics only) and posted on Concept Art a few months back for some laughs.

    Generally almost all 'how to draw [insert popular trope here] books are bullshit and should be reviled for the memory of the tree that gave its life for it.
  13. Tigercougar

    Tigercougar Member

    To be fair, I think those books have value to young children who dont realize the importance of life drawing yet.
  14. Arshes Nei

    Arshes Nei Masticates in Public

    Well as shills, yes if you want kids' expendable income.
    However, I stated earlier the book tells you to go to other books including life drawing so how is that helpful?

    Even Lee Ames books have more value than that :p
  15. Aleu

    Aleu Deuces

    I was going through the Impact books and they're kinda...shitty. They only vaguely explain the basics while teaching stylized cartoony things from the very beginning. That includes the DragonArt books, Making Faces, Drawing Heads, etc.
  16. Joseph Shepard's anatomy book is awesome for learning proportions, too. I'm a little uncomfortable with learning anatomy from drawings and not photos though, but whatever.

    Well since everyone already posted my favorites, I guess I'll post a title that everyone here is going to balk at.
    More How to Draw Manga Vol. 1 The Basics of Character Design by Go Office
    Go Office's How to Draw Manga series are the only how to draw manga books that I would ever recommend to anyone. Seriously, don't touch anything else.
    I learned how stylism works, how real life translates to stylistic drawings, how using IRL photos as a reference for even the most cartoony picture can help, how hair looks shit tons better when there's a pattern/swirl to it, and a bunch of random stuff (like that shoulder/hips thing) from this.
    And it's made by real Japanese people! :p

    My one complaint is that it's not very organized. Everything's in its proper chapter, but you can tell that this is a bunch of artists dumping every little thing they know and think will help.

    The series has been out of production for years now though, and the only ones you're going to find are online used copies and questionably-legal uploaded ones. If you're going to google it, google the whole title I underlined. wink. wink.

    Books for inspiration:

    Random things inspire me, but I guess I probably should post books that make me really want to draw something.
    Let's start with my favorite dragon book.

    Warning: This book single-handedly could make someone completely and utterly obsessed with dragons. Proceed with caution.
    Downside? The art and (probably made-up-on-the-spot) myths may jump start my imagination and leave me in awe, but Ciruelo's art is also pretty intimidating so it has a chance of having the reverse effect as far as inspiring goes.

    This book, though, is a surefire way to get me to draw something.
    Kingyo Used Books
    It's a cute manga about how comic books and art bring people together. My description sounds awful, but it's a real page-turner and you'll be smiling the whole time.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2013
  17. Tigercougar

    Tigercougar Member

    I was following the Kingyo manga at one point. It is inspiring, but the nature of it means that it refers to a lot of manga that's never been translated into English. Don't buy it if you don't enjoy reading a copious amount of notes in the back of the book.
  18. Knowing the mangas mentioned isn't really the point. The notes are basically just there in case you're interested.
    You pretty much get the picture when they're mentioned.

    Besides, it's better that you don't know the titles that are mentioned, which, again, may be mentioned but isn't close to what the focus is at all. If you don't know them, it prevents reader dissonance like 'well, i didn't actually like that manga at all' happening.
  19. Arshes Nei

    Arshes Nei Masticates in Public

    There is just too much awesome to ignore this book.
    I really love how Marko was able to illustrate and get design down right.

  20. Arshes Nei

    Arshes Nei Masticates in Public

    There is just too much awesome to ignore this book.
    I really love how Marko was able to illustrate and get design down right.

  21. QT Melon

    QT Melon AMF Member

  22. Zydala

    Zydala Kisses for everyone!

  23. Tigercougar

    Tigercougar Member

  24. UnburntDaenerys

    UnburntDaenerys R'hllor Coaster

    So Richard Schmid is releasing an updated and expanded edition of Alla Prima, called Alla Prima II.


    The original Alla Prima is out of print and sells for around $300 used. It is considered THE book on representational painting.
  25. squiddysquiddysquiddy

    squiddysquiddysquiddy Lv. 3 Rage Squid

    George Bridgman's books are very useful, I got the triple pack of his Body, heads and Hands books.

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