Thanks Bob and Justin. Bob, your torrent contains quite a few titles that are in copyright and readily available in print, so I hope you understand if I don't put it with the other links at the head of this page. There are good reasons why our mods would probably jump on me for going down that path here (a path which, I have to confess, does bear some briggsy footprints). Anyone who does want to go down that path need only google an author or subject with such magic phrases "parent directory" or "rapidshare" to turn up a whole world of ebook and video downloads that we won't be discussing in this thread!
jim b. if you want to listen to any of these pdfs you could try the "Read out loud" function in the View Menu of Acrobat Reader. I just went into Preferences and tried out the British male voice at a low speed and it wasn't TOO bad ... for a robot. Maybe someone knows of another text to speech program that does a better job.
The audiobook equivalent of Archive.org is Librivox.org. The site is relatively new and rapidly growing, and again, everything is free. Not much there in the way of art books as such yet, but there's a lot of other great stuff, including some real classics of history. I've just listened to what there is so far of Macaulay's History of England (truly awesome!), and I'm making a start on Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The readings are all done by volunteers and the quality is quite variable, but MOST are better than a robot. The start of the complete index is here: http://librivox.org/newcatalog/searc...&action=Search
Coleb: 500 GB external hard drive, plus DVD backups of all new stuff as it comes in.
Finally, here are a couple of new art titles at archive.org that caught my eye. I haven't had time to really look at them yet, so all I can promise about them is that they have intriguing titles. The author of "Figure Drawing for Children" was herself the child of the important nineteenth century teacher and author of "Art Anatomy", William Rimmer.
Well. Lots of things has changed since 1917 in fashion and costume design but these books have some info about history of clothes. Could be useful for some character design especially in fantasy setting. The second one looks like it's more for artists.
Thanks Briggsy for providing these links to us, and to everyone else who has helped with adding to the content of this thread... I really hoped that someone will post the Bridgman's Book of a Hundred Hands...
Thanks for the bump, everyone. Here are a few recent releases I've spotted, starting with five of my favourite Americans (apart from you guys). All have great galleries at the Athenaeum too, by the way.
I'm seriously tearing up here. This is incredible. Thank you so much for sharing these resources! I've found some free ebooks in the past, but they were mostly generic books, and no more than a handful. Heck, this selection is a million times better than all the bookstores and libraries in my city combined... I just found how I'm going to spend the rest of my summer.
a thousand thanks oh I mean a million thank you for sharing this priceless knowledge to us Mr. Biggsy, I really really mean it once again thank you so much It really help me a lot improving my drawing skill
just another ordinary man who have an used pen with a lot of tape on it with his old computer
Oh boy, this is awesome. Really, really awesome. A million thanks, I'm terrible at finding these.
I don't want to sound ungrateful, but would it be at all possible to have these findings compiled into a single torrent file? I don't know if any of the sites, er, claim rights to host these somehow, but it would certainly be a great convenience to get all of these resources at once, no less as a background download while I do other work.
Hello. My name is Arthur Lenkovskis. I am 19 years old still in high school, I live in Lithuania.
I need your people advice and maybe help to become great concept artist. I am good at drawing with pencils. I don't use photoshop for drawing because I am really bad with mouse. My goal is learn to draw, doesn't matters how long it takes but I am sure that someday I will become professional artist. My skills: I draw with pencil, I understand shadow/ lighting. What I see I can draw, about 70% accurate(in my opinion). I do a lot of sketches. I draw comic, anime, real characters. I draw portrait. I do traditional art like drawing some abstract, landscapes with painting tools ( watercolor, gouache, some times color pencil). I have a lot of ideas(for drawing) but my weakness is how to express them, how to draw them accurate and in detail. What I don't know is the color terms, human anatomy, architecture, clothes design, weapon designs I am weak at this point. My drawing style is more similar to animation drawings then reality drawings. So I need your advice what should I learn? which books u would recommend for me? And what course I would need to take in college to become concept artist and maybe u could tell me where I could join the college in UK? I am not rich...so have in mind. Pls reply me pm. send email firstname.lastname@example.org Thank You for your time. Good day.
How do I download the books? What is the "FTP" I can't find it.
For most of the books there is a direct link to the pdf and other options on the left. However if the pdf link redirects to a googlebooks page (which may not work outside North America), you can find the direct pdf link under the HTTPS link lower down.
Here are a dozen to give an idea of how good many of them are. There are also some great catalogs of world and ancient art. Apart from the free pdfs there are also some great catalogues for sale as physical books.