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Hi everyone, I need some help if anyone is able to offer some tips or suggestions on what to get my boyfriend, Jason...
We went to a show last week and he bought a sketch pamphlet. The artist started to draw a face with a mask. And Jason said he wished he could sketch like that. I regret now that I didn't ask to elaborate on what he wanted to sketch specifically, but I figured I could get a book on sketching in general? I went to Barnes & Noble and there are a ton of stuff to look through so I was wondering if there are any books you can recommend?
In the past he also mentioned he would love to learn how to work with colors and to actually work on how to show the spirit of a character.
Here is his deviant art site if that helps any:
Any opinions/advice/tips/suggestions are greatly appreciated.
It goes without saying that he'll only be as good as he is determined, there won't be a magic book or pencil that'll open his eyes all of a sudden.
The best inspiration I got was mostly free; things said by people on this site, or downloaded out-of-print books.
One of the few art books that actually helped me rather than give me vague advice was my anatomy book (atlas of anatomy for artists). If your boyfriend needs/wants some anatomical reference I'd suggest that.
he sketches at a reasonably good level, so i don't suggest one of the more basic books, i would recommend personally:
Burne Hogarth's "Dynamic Figure Drawing";
fantastic book to learn from, and the drawings are rather lovely, however, its quite dry, prehaps not the best "present"
you could try Don Seegmiller's "Digital Character Design";
which is quite dated, but has a wealth of knowledge on creative processes...
which would seem to appeal more to what he's after.
I may be an utter pleb for chosing those two, but i got a lot out of them myself.
@ Jason Rainville: thank you for the suggestion! I'll take a look into the anatomy book. You have an amazing DA gallery by the way.
edit: @ Mon Chat - thanks for listing your recommendations! I really appreciate it considering I have no idea what to get him.
I highly suggest Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life by George B. Bridgman.
I know for a fact that they sell this book in Borders and Barnes and Noble.
Another suggestion is to get him a subscription to Imagine FX which is a fantastic magazine that offers a lot of information each issue. It's quite expensive however.
As an acolyte of the Internet, I must say... In b4 "naked pics of you."
More seriously, a free online one would help. There are some out there as good as one of those books.
thanks guys, I'll keep those ideas in mind.
So I decided on the Dynamic Figure Drawing book and Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life. He already had the anatomy for artists book, otherwise he seems to like the ones I bought. I also told him about this site
Thanks again guys, you were a great help! Take care.