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    I've a thing with knowledge, from an old habit of filling my head and applying said info to my life, so I got into a book buying addiction. (Yeah, I admit it. )

    Art Books recently purchased:

    100 years of Fashion illustration by Cally Blackman

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    The Art of Animal Character Design by David Colman-

    Anyone else an addict?

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    Haven't bought that many books lately, but I have discovered a newfound appreciation for the RISD library here. Just stumbled upon the DVD collection of all of Robert Beverly Hale's anatomy lectures. Sweeeet.

    It's very useful, also, because I get to read through all of these art books and such and then determine which ones I really want to have in my collection.

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    I'm not the type that likes to spend money. Unless it feels somewhat necessary, I can wait on it.

    Example: I still haven't bought Darkness Calls because of that horrid "Now a major motion picture!" sticker that Diamond slaps on before they ship it. But I have gotten Cartoon America and the Human Machine.

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    I don't buy art and anatomy books on a regular basis, but I have some in mind for a big order of game and animation artbooks I want to place sooner or later. As for the last purchases, it's been a while but I believe from store: Fashion Source: Poses and Strength training anatomy by Frederic Delavier. As for recent online purchases from a few months ago: Bridgman's complete guide, Perspective! For comic book artists by David Chelsea, The artists guide to anatomy by Gottfriet Bammes and Art and Fear, which is kind of related.

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    This was the last book I bought. Check it out, it's a perfect art book!

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    a few
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    these are the ones from this year

    right now i'm wanting to pick some up on Diebenkorn, Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, and Beardsley.
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    Lol. I just had a Friday moment.

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    I'd love to go out and drop tons of cash on art books, but I've never got the cash to do that. However, if a golden opportunity presents itself (Art books at an estate sale, obscene online deals, et cetera), I'll make room in my budget somewhere.

    Recent acquisitions are "Creative Illustration" and "Figure Drawing for all it's Worth" by Andrew Loomis, "Perspective for Artists" by Rex Vicat Cole, and a super old book about figure drawing from the 19th century (I forget the author, but it's pretty cool).

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    grief i get weak at the knees seeing all them art books.

    currently reading:
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    I buy books online every 1 or 2 months and I generally order about 10 books. And every few weeks I scourge around regular bookstores. I'm thinking about ordering some new stuff this weekend:



    - Vilppu drawing manual.
    Seems to be exorbitantly priced though, anyone got an idea why?

    - Euan Uglow : The Complete Paintings.
    I've only seen a few paintings by him and I really enjoyed them, so I think it'll be worth the price.

    - Egon Schiele : Drawings and Watercolours.
    His different kind of esthetic made me curious.

    - Rembrandt (Erotic Sketchbook)

    - Maybe a Rodin book. Haven't decided yet which one. I'm thinking about one of these two:

    Rodin : Drawings and Watercolours
    http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBS...?id=0500238359

    Rodin : His Art and His Inspiration
    http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBS...?id=190397366X

    - And out of curiosity, probably some Burne Hogarth books.

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    I spend an absurd amount of money on art books.

    Yesterday I bought the Art of Star Wars, the Force Unleashed, which is overflowing with unbelievably inspirational work by Amy Beth Christenson and the rest of the Lucas Arts crew. Along with that I picked up the Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head, which is an introduction to portraits in chiaroscuro method by William L Maughan, and I'm on the last parts of one of Joseph Sheppard's anatomy books.

    Mmmmmm. Books.

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    Surprisingly I've bought less this month than I usually do. The only thing's I'm counting are "The Who's Who of Animation" and a book of French Postcards (they're totally arty!).

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    You guys must be rich... Grief, I am very envious.
    I usually get books as gifts because I'm too cheap to buy my own. When I accumulate an extra $100, I'm definitely purchasing Odd Nerdrum: Themes and John Singer Sargent: Figures + Landscapes

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    I buy them very randomly. The last one I got was The Art of Fullmetal Alchemist vol. 2. I love Arakawa Hiromu's art. Last year I picked up Alan Lee's Sketchbook, a book on Jon Foster and a couple more of my favorite Japanese manga-ka.

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    You guys must be rich.[/I]
    Nope. I've a night job, no kids, a little credit debt, no car note (buy with cash flat out). Keeping my finances under control allows for such extravagance.

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    I frequently shop at my local Half Price bookstores, where I waste most of my hard-earned income on.

    Sometimes I find really good bargains on art books there, and sometimes there are some on clearance shelf for $1-$3 each.

    My most recent purchase was "Anatomy: A complete guide for artists"

    I was wanting to get this book, "Fantasy Art Now", but it was $15 so I had to put it back. Awesome book, though....I am familiar with some of the artists in the book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psypomp View Post
    You guys must be rich...
    I work a cushy full-time job with a temp agency before going back to university next year (hopefully) to pursue a career with art. As a good friend who was only working part-time a while ago told me, spend while you have it, because then at least you'll have motivation to get through the hard times faster, because you remember how good it is.

    Problem is right now, I don't know whether to spend like crazy or save for a holiday I want in February, one last bang before I go back to being ass-poor.

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    I rarely buy 'teaching' books (anatomy guides etc), but I have a gree for illustrated stories by particular artists. My Mervyn Peake collection is mounting (though had to sell some of to get cash...), as is my Alan Lee collection. Most recently I've been hunting down books by Victor Ambrus and have just got hold of his illustrated 'Horses in Battle' and 'The Story of Britain'. A fascinating artist and a really unlaboured art style which I love (and have 'borrowed' in a few images lately)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noah Bradley View Post
    Haven't bought that many books lately, but I have discovered a newfound appreciation for the RISD library here. Just stumbled upon the DVD collection of all of Robert Beverly Hale's anatomy lectures. Sweeeet.
    "And here we have the shoulder girdle, one of the great masses of the body, and--*cough**hack**phlegm*" Love those videos. Lots of good information on proportion, and I enjoy RBH's dry old man sense of humor.
    Anyway, like many here, I simply do not have the cash to be constantly buying new art books, much as I'd love to. Mostly I just keep an eye out for good finds at estate sales and used book stores, or just go to the library. An excellent book that I got recently for my birthday is an anatomy book by a French guy named Richer. It was edited by Robert Beverly Hale. It's very detailed and scientific, and it has all the information you'll ever need on bony processes and tuberosities, muscle insertions and origins, and their effect on surface morphology. It doesn't teach you about the more "artistic" aspects, such as composition or gesture, but by golly, is it ever a great source on anatomy.

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    From last weekend, bought at a bookstore:

    Jugendstill from Taschen books and The architectureguide from Librero.

    I do like the last one the most, since it discribes clearly in text and illustrations about the different ages of architecture and it comes in a handy pocket size. See the link for what I mean, It's probably as well in other languages.

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    I finally ponied up for a copy of Sanjulian: Periode 1970-1984 yesterday. Can't wait for it to arrive

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    I've bought a decent number of books myself, although most of my books are Actionscript related. I have a bunch of older drawing books though. Although most of them are Manga related (AKA, useless).

    I can't really afford art books anymore, so I just go to book stores, write down the names of good books, and pirate them later. Unfortunately I miss out on some good books this way.

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    readin' is awesome so i'm bumping this lovely little topic

    recently picked up:
    Gustav Klimt: Life and Work
    beautifully printed although admittedly i'm only about 40 pages in and it's been about Viennese culture and not at all about Klimt yet.

    The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh
    i picked it up for $5 in a used bookstore... and holy shit it's $80 on amazon? the free artbooks thread has a download which has his letters if anyone is interested.

    The Pornographer of Vienna
    a retelling of Schiele's life, enjoyable albeit not always faithful to other accounts ive read of his life.

    Oskar Kokoschka: A Life
    havent read it yet, been meaning to know more about him. unfortunately the book doesn't offer a good panarama of images to accompany the text.

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    >_> Library card ftw!

    Really I only buy books that give me that "gotta have it!" feeling...like 100 Suns by Micheal Light which is a collection of photographs of nuclear weapon tests, or instructional books that have unique information/presentation like The Technical Pen by Gary Simmons.

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    I don't really have the money to buy many books now, but the last one I bought was Anatomy For Artists by Barrington Barber. I got it at a bargain price too, which makes it even better as it was £15 in all the book shops, so I went into my local art shop and there it was for only £5! I am learning a lot so far just from reading it, unfortunately I won't be able to start studying anatomy properly until all of my exams are over, just not enough time!

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    I bought The Art Spirit by Robert Henri. Great read so far.

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    I used to buy loads of books; mainly from exhibitions I enjoyed. Probably have about 3 feet in shelf width. Really need to get some more and build some more shelves.

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    The last two I got were "100 Years of Fashion Illustration", patchy but generally worth it. It's huge, it's cheap, there's more good than bad and it's a subject I was largely ignorant of.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Years-Fashio...6294407&sr=8-1

    And "Vertigo Visions", comic book covers from DCs Vertigo imprint. It's pretty sweet.
    http://www.amazon.com/Vertigo-Vision...6294470&sr=8-6

    They have copies from $2.50 so you should probably get one.

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    I have eased up on buying art books lately, partly because I realize I need to do more and not so much the instruction books. I am leaning more towards reference books and actual art books. I am going through instruction books I already have (which I have a number of), and build my skills before I even think of getting any other books.

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    I bought "Comics and Sequential Art" by Will Eisner last week...
    http://www.amazon.com/Comics-Sequent...d_bxgy_b_img_a

    Now I gotta get the rest of them. LOL!

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