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    It is fun to know how many of these books I already own. I think I have half of them. You don't have to get all of these, but having only a few of them are well worth the money to have.
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    Cool thread! I came here this morning specially for that purpose!
    However, I'm more looking for book to READ ( dosent mather if there is no image in it ). Biography maybe. storys and whatnot, anything that can improve and motivate someone.

    I was thinking going for the "art spirit".

    Even If I don't agree completely with this book, I found that it was a good start and understanding for me when I started drawing. So for anyone looking for a different approach.

    "drawing from the right side of the brain" can be a good option as well.

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    Thanks to Google I found this website, Scribd, where there are many free books in pdf. It's nice to handle a book in paper, but for people wanting to save a bit, there's an alternative here

    Andrew Loomis - Successful Drawing
    Andrew Loomis - Fun with a Pencil
    Andrew Loomis - Figure Drawing for all it's Worth
    Bridgmans - Complete Guide to Drawing from Life
    Kimon Nicolaides - The Natural Way to Draw
    Ron Tiner - Figure Drawing Without a Model
    Stanley Maltzman - Drawing Nature
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    Wow, thanks much for introducing me to that site. Incredible resource.
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    OK, so all together, minus Loomis and going for the most affordable price with the more expensive stuff like 'Alla Prima', the list tops out at around $550. That's no small chunk of change, but considering how much you'd pay going with Academic publications, its actually not that bad. At some universities you might pay as much for a single class, to say nothing of the required booklist costs. If you drop Alla Prima (check out a couple things from the library), you can get it down to around three bills.

    Now all we need to do is write up proposal to Amazon, and convince them to come down on the price by like a hundred bucks, if we order everything at once.


    Also, we should give a shout to Dover, for keeping the paperbacks so affordable.
    http://store.doverpublications.com/by-subject-art.html
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    Really though, no one should need all of these. Each one might have some nugget of unique info, but really once you've read and worked through a few good figure drawing books, reading several more probably isn't going to make that big of a difference. You can easily get a satisfactory collection for under $100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasonwclark View Post
    Also, we should give a shout to Dover, for keeping the paperbacks so affordable.
    http://store.doverpublications.com/by-subject-art.html
    One could put together a complete art education using only titles from the Dover catalog.

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    Not sure if this is the right thread to ask, but is Itten's "The Elements of Color" a worthwhile buy?
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    The Artist's Reading List
    Stanchfield's Drawn to Life Vol. 1

    This one actually just came out, and it's one of two volumes. The second can be found here. A bit of background. Walt Stanchfield was an animator at Walt Disney, and he became the one to turn to learn about drawing and animation. His lectures and accompanying notes were highly sought after by the animators in the studios, and he taught a number of the big names including Glen Keane.

    I just got the first volume today, and I had underestimated the size. You have around 400 pages of Stanchfield's notes and drawings, covering the basics of anatomy, line and silhouette, a full chapter going into details of gesture drawings, how to see. This pretty much a must have for those interested in animation and those who want to learn ways of getting life into your drawings. I enjoyed the pdfs when I had them, and I'm glad to have this one to study over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asatira View Post
    The Artist's Reading List
    Stanchfield's Drawn to Life Vol. 1

    This one actually just came out, and it's one of two volumes. The second can be found here. A bit of background. Walt Stanchfield was an animator at Walt Disney, and he became the one to turn to learn about drawing and animation. His lectures and accompanying notes were highly sought after by the animators in the studios, and he taught a number of the big names including Glen Keane.

    I just got the first volume today, and I had underestimated the size. You have around 400 pages of Stanchfield's notes and drawings, covering the basics of anatomy, line and silhouette, a full chapter going into details of gesture drawings, how to see. This pretty much a must have for those interested in animation and those who want to learn ways of getting life into your drawings. I enjoyed the pdfs when I had them, and I'm glad to have this one to study over.
    Holy shit! That's an excellent find!

    And my previous question still stands. Does anyone know how good Itten's "The Elements of Color" is?
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    cool thread, this should be a sticky
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    Thanks Tons, I was just thinking about starting something like this
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    The Pen and Ink Book - JA Smith
    Every time someone has a question about pen and ink I direct them to this little gem. A huge amount of info on this particular medium... not to mention a lot of darn good drawing advice.

    Oh yeah, meant to add this...

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    http://www.amazon.com/Illusion-Life-...0795004&sr=1-1

    The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation - Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas
    A must-have for animators.
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