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    Here are two books which I thought are pretty good.
    My reviews are on Amazon themselves, the ones with flipping-page videos.

    Check their companion website drawingforce.com to get a sense of what to expect from the books.

    Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/dp/0240808452

    Force: Character Design from Life Drawing

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/dp/0240809939
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    Some limited previews of anatomy books I found on Google Books

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    Can anyone reccomend any reading materials regarding "Shape Language". It was mentioned quite abit in one of Coro's bits of the Composition class, but without much of an in depth "This is what is ment", so I wanted to look it up ^_^. Tried looking on amazon, mostly just came up with acctual language books :op
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    Classic Human Anatomy: The Artist's Guide to Form, Function and Movement Valerie L. Winslow

    This book is like a reference book for people trying to understand terminology used in other figure drawing books. If you get a term that makes you go "huh?" this book is like your encyclopedia to look it up, pronounce it correctly and what its about .

    It's also one of the more well organized books I ran into. I guess the best way to put it is like owning a cookbook that uses "blanch" but you have no idea what that term is. If there was a cooking reference book it would tell you cooking terms. This is what this book is in terms of learning artistic anatomy.

    I know there are other books out there that talk about Anatomy like Goldfinger's book, but this is very good for a beginner to intermediate trying to understand things. Peck's book goes great with it.
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    Below are some anatomy reference books I have.

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    Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic Delavier
    This is really a bodybuilding book but it's fill with great illustrations of muscles. Recommended if you're into muscles.
    Some pictures on my blog | http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0736063684

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    Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form by Eliot Goldfinger
    There are photo references put beside the drawn anatomy examples, so it really helps with realistic drawing.
    Downside is there's not too much examples of the body as a whole.
    Most of the examples are really cut out and explained without relation to the whole body.
    Some pictures on my blog | http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0195052064

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    Human Anatomy for Artists by Andras Szunyoghy and Gyorgy Feher
    This is an anatomy reference book. It has clear and detailed pencil drawings of bones and muscles.
    The huge illustrations is a big plus. There are not much text except for labels.
    I'm pretty sure anyone can be a master at anatomy after drawing everything in the book.
    Some pictures on my blog | http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/084160178X

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    The Art and Feel of Making it Real: Gesture Drawing for the Animation and Entertainment Industry by Mark McDonnell
    Another gesture drawing book if you don't have enough.
    Some pictures on my blog | http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0982231776
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    The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression by Gary Faigin
    Am reading this currently and it's really good. Not just useful for drawing, but also useful in life (for reading faces).
    Some pictures on my blog | http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0823004325
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    Imaginative Realism
    by James Gurney

    Anyone interested in created imagined scenes (be it concept art, illustration, historic scenes, or just about anything) should seriously consider picking this up. I'm only a short way in, but it's an absolute goldmine of information already.

    Oh, and order it from the Dinotopia store and get it signed. I even got a little sketch in mine.
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    Drawing the Living Figure by Joseph Sheppard
    More of an anatomy book based off drawings from life models. Annotations point to the different parts of bones and muscles. Each life drawing comes with two diagrams, one for the bones and one for muscles.

    Some pictures on my blog | http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0486267237
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    Any recommendations for books about urban and natural landscape drawing or painting?
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    Here's a figure drawing book just published by Michael Hampton.

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    Figure Drawing: Design and Invention
    You can check out some pdf pages on his website at www.figuredrawing.info.
    It's also available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0615272819

    Also if you're in Germany, you should get the German edition of Human Anatomy for Artists. It's way cheaper.
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    Menschliche Anatomie für Künstler by Andras Szunyoghy and Gyorgy Feher
    http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/3833114320
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    Enough anatomy books. Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noah Bradley View Post
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    Imaginative Realism
    by James Gurney

    Anyone interested in created imagined scenes (be it concept art, illustration, historic scenes, or just about anything) should seriously consider picking this up. I'm only a short way in, but it's an absolute goldmine of information already.

    Oh, and order it from the Dinotopia store and get it signed. I even got a little sketch in mine.

    Just FYI this showed up on the Amazon Vine Newsletter so I picked up a copy.
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    Studio Ghibli books are interesting to look through, a lot of concept art and character designs. These books aren't instructional per say but are still a great insight. Just in case the pic doesn't work http://www.amazon.co.uk/Miyazakis-Sp...9604736&sr=1-1
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