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! 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. [x] 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 [x] 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.