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    I had to get this one for class. It's a good one. Oil Painting Secrets From A Master by Linda Cateura and David Leffel

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    More good education.

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    I was wondering if anybody here knew a good reference book about insects, I'm not aware of any myself even though I would love to study drawing them.

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    I would like to mention Jack Hamm's "Drawing Scenery: Landscapes and Seascapes".
    I didn't find the title grabbing at all but after JeffX repeated mentions of it, I bought it and am currently working my way through it.
    For a beginner I think this is awesome indeed.

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    The entire book is based on pencil as a medium and only few pages deal with types of paper- no fancy schmancy about tools, you can just start working with sheet and paper.
    I especially recommend visiting http://www.wikipaintings.org/ while reading the book, because certain tasks in the book are to look at master paintings and try to find the point of entry and follow-through in the composition.

    In comparison to various books on landscapes and composition, I found this the most straight-forward and best suited for a beginner.

    (thanks JeffX)

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    obrigado for the links.

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    I have a lot of books about film-making, this is also kind of art. I plan to buying some good drawing book.

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    What about ''Discovering Oil Painting'' by George Cherepov? http://www.google.gr/imgres?q=cherep...,r:13,s:0,i:90

    Has anyone ever seen what's inside?

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    Wich of these ones is the best for a starter? I want to learn figure drawing, but i don't understand how bridgman works..

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    For information on traditional painting and working the materials used, I'm using The Artist's Handbook by Ray Smith and I'm blown away by how much information there is on mediums like Gouache, watercolour, oils, acrylics, pastels, etc. I'm looking at the first edition and I know that older books generally tend to be written more thoroughly so I don't know how much they've changed in the third edition, but definitely worth a look if you're looking at molecular mediums.



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    Just picked up Ken Hultgren's book online. For under $5, it was a no brainier. Covers: Horses, Deer, Cats, Cows, Bulls, Giraffes, Camels, Gorillas, Pigs, Dogs, Foxes, Kangaroos, Rabbits, Squirrels, Elephants, and Bears. Ken breaks the animals down to simple forms and builds them up.
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    Godly thread. Tracking this.

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    I desperately want to become a concept artist, despite only having started taking wanting to learn art seriously at 18 and now 20 still grappling around with the basics of drawing and currently only traditional media before i get more towards the later fundamentals/how to do full characters/environments/etc.

    (now despite my rather unorganized an frivolous attempts to study all this time, lets just pretend i'm going from scratch)
    Many people have stated the very first thing to be focused on is drawing from life (which apparently even applies to people who wish to become solely focused on a certain style and not photorealism humans/style, me personally wanting to learn fictional concept art), but i will have basically no opportunity to draw people from life, plenty of objects/places/things/etc but no opportunity for people.

    Despite this, once i've done quite an amount of drawing from life/observation of objects/places/things/etc i will eventually reach the stage of needing to learn figure/anatomy.
    I have been studying "Figure drawing, design and invention" by michael hampton but apparently it turns out that it's geared more for experienced artists,
    So i have recieved suggestions for two different things in terms of figure/anatomy books as a beginner before i move on in my learning process towards learning concept art.

    1) Andrew Loomis's "Figure drawing for all it's worth" + and it was suggested i buy "the Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist" as technical book, whatever that means, to go with the andrew loomis book.
    2) Drawing on the right side of the brain.

    Which one would be best for me?

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    Maybe you need to show some of your drawing instead of this. I started at the same age as you and had some of same time management skill issues as you, but its shouldn't matter anymore, because its in the past. And a lot of famous artists that you know of started late. There is a comic artist named Rivkah who started drawing in her mid 20's. Google her and look at her stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Subhumanfailure View Post
    I desperately want to become a concept artist, despite only having started taking wanting to learn art seriously at 18 and now 20 still grappling around with the basics of drawing and currently only traditional media before i get more towards the later fundamentals/how to do full characters/environments/etc.

    (now despite my rather unorganized an frivolous attempts to study all this time, lets just pretend i'm going from scratch)
    Many people have stated the very first thing to be focused on is drawing from life (which apparently even applies to people who wish to become solely focused on a certain style and not photorealism humans/style, me personally wanting to learn fictional concept art), but i will have basically no opportunity to draw people from life, plenty of objects/places/things/etc but no opportunity for people.

    Despite this, once i've done quite an amount of drawing from life/observation of objects/places/things/etc i will eventually reach the stage of needing to learn figure/anatomy.
    I have been studying "Figure drawing, design and invention" by michael hampton but apparently it turns out that it's geared more for experienced artists,
    So i have recieved suggestions for two different things in terms of figure/anatomy books as a beginner before i move on in my learning process towards learning concept art.

    1) Andrew Loomis's "Figure drawing for all it's worth" + and it was suggested i buy "the Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist" as technical book, whatever that means, to go with the andrew loomis book.
    2) Drawing on the right side of the brain.

    Which one would be best for me?
    Buy the Loomis books. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is only useful for the complete and utter beginner, and half the text is questionable (although the exercises can be useful). If you are really curious about it, it can be found in nearly any library where you do not have to spend money on it.

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    Strategic Intuition by Bill Duggan. It is a beauty...about learning to create more aha moments that change your life and career and work for the better. One of the best I have ever read...

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    reading a cool book my teacher told me about 'elements of drawing' by john ruskin :-)

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    http://www.amazon.com/Drawing-Ideas-.../dp/0385344627

    This seem to be more for people who are studying Product Design or graphic design. But its good because they show you examples of what a render drawing looks like and etc.




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    Good for people who need to work on structure and form, and line quality and perspective. Its very technical though.

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    good thread, thanks for sharing everybody. I know a number of these from the list I got from my teachers. Some on here I have to check out for sure :-)

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    I hope it's still OK to post here, but I just rediscovered a book I got ages ago and had completely forgotten about. "Strength Training Anatomy" by Frederic Delavier (http://www.amazon.com/Strength-Train...aining+anatomy , This is the version I have, but I believe there is also a 3rd edition now).

    This, as you can probably tell from the title, is a strength training book rather than an art book. The diagrams however are the useful part, there are the usual muscle diagrams, but also diagrams showing which muscles are used in different exercises/movements. So you can see how muscles will react and expand/contract with different movements.

    I'm not sure if this will be useful to others, but personally I've found it invaluable

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noah Bradley View Post
    I know there's a (huge) thread of people's libraries of art books, but I thought it might be a useful reference to have a single list of the cream of the crop of books to learn from (I'm going to exclude purely "art books" because the list would just get huge). Obviously, there's plenty of gaps and probably some obvious omissions I've somehow stumbled over, but if you'd like to contribute, I'd be much obliged.

    Hope somebody finds this useful.

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    All of Andrew Loomis' books are long out of print, and even picking up a used copy is going to run you a hefty bill. There have been rumors of a reprint, but I wouldn't count on it. I'm not posting any links, but there are PDFs of all of his books easily found on the web.

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    Figure Drawing for All It's Worth

    - Andrew Loomis
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    Topics: figure, drawing

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    Successful Drawing

    - Andrew Loomis
    Description: N/A
    Topics: drawing, perspective

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    Creative Illustration

    - Andrew Loomis
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    Topics: composition, color, illustration

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    Fun With a Pencil

    - Andrew Loomis
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    Topics: basics


    Eye of the Painter

    - Andrew Loomis
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    Topics: painting

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    Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing From Life

    - George Bridgman
    Description: My personal favorite anatomy book. Used by such great illustrators as Jeffery Jones & Frank Frazetta to learn anatomy, it's filled with wonderful illustrations of dynamic anatomy. No, it doesn't have the most complete collection of every muscle in the body, but Bridgman organizes and illustrates the muscles that are important for artists. His methods of construction are immensely helpful
    Topics: anatomy

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    Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters

    - Robert Beverly Hale
    Description: Hale is one of the great instructors of art in the past 100 years, and his books carry on this legacy. The book is broken into chapters beginning with different principles to drawing, followed by a collection of master drawings which Hale proceeds to analyze in extreme detail. Learn from the masters like never before.
    Topics: drawing

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    Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters

    - Robert Beverly Hale
    Description: Similar to "Drawing Lessons," this book has an emphasis on anatomy and learning it from the old masters.
    Topics: anatomy

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    Master Class in Figure Drawing

    - Robert Beverly Hale
    Description: Since Hale was mainly known for teaching anatomy, it's only natural that his famous course by put into book form. Hale again uses old master drawings to illustrate his explanations.
    Topics: anatomy

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    Hawthorne On Painting

    - Charles Hawthorne
    Description: This bite-sized book can be a little odd to read since it is largely a compilation of criticisms of student works by Hawthorne without illustrations of the pieces he's discussing. That said, there's a plethora of great painting wisdom to be found within.
    Topics: painting

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    Oil Painting Techniques and Materials

    - Harold Speed
    Description: Though some of the material is dated (I seem to recall him talking about some new brushes known as "filberts"), there's a ton of useful knowledge. Necessary read for painters.
    Topics: painting


    The Practice and Science of Drawing

    - Harold Speed
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    Topics: drawing

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    Artistic Anatomy

    - Illustrations by Paul Richer, Edited by Robert Beverly Hale
    Description: With original plates from Paul Richer, this is a translated & edited version by Hale.
    Topics: anatomy

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    Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist

    - Stephen Rogers Peck
    Description: Perhaps one of the best artist's reference guide to anatomy. It features a mix of photos, highly rendered illustrations, and simple sketches to help understand complicated forms. A must-have reference guide.
    Topics: anatomy


    How Pictures Work

    - Molly Bang
    Description: Probably my favorite book on composition. It explains some very complicated principles in a remarkably simple manner.
    Topics: composition

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    Understanding Comics

    - Scott McCloud
    Description: Scott McCloud is a real expert on comics and this book is great way to wrap your head around a lot of the theory of comics. A good backbone for anyone interested in comics.
    Topics: comics

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    Making Comics

    - Scott McCloud
    Description: Anyone interested in drawing comics needs to have this book. Scott McCloud, in comic book format, goes over all of the elements of making comics in thorough detail.
    Topics: comics, drawing

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    How To Draw Comics the Marvel Way

    - Stan Lee
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    Topics: comics, drawing

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    Anatomy for the Artist

    - Sarah Simblet & John Davis
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    Topics: anatomy

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    Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting

    - Richard Schmid
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    Topics: painting


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    Art Spirit

    - Robert Henri
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    Topics: art, painting
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    Hi Everyone,

    Just wanted to make an announcement that now the book Fundamentals of Painting is translated into English. It's available only in electronic version (PDF file) and sent for free to all those who's bought the original hard copy book (first published in 2012). You can also buy the file separately on 4-art.org.

    Please be aware that all the images in electronic version are in low resolution. It's intended to be used as a supplement to the real book to help to comprehend a very important information presented there, now available in English.

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