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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bought this on the cheap through work - best purchase I've made in a loooong time on books! It's three books worth of absolutely stunning art. I seriously love this guy's brushwork, he's a real testament to traditional concept art still rockin'.