Page 1 of 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 LastLast
Results 1 to 13 of 111

Thread: The Artist's Reading List

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Virginia, USA
    Posts
    2,069
    Thanks
    992
    Thanked 2,174 Times in 754 Posts

    The Artist's Reading List

    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.

    The Artist's Reading List

    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.

    The Artist's Reading List
    Figure Drawing for All It's Worth

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

    The Artist's Reading List
    Successful Drawing

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

    The Artist's Reading List
    Creative Illustration

    - Andrew Loomis
    Description: N/A
    Topics: composition, color, illustration

    The Artist's Reading List
    Fun With a Pencil

    - Andrew Loomis
    Description: N/A
    Topics: basics


    Eye of the Painter

    - Andrew Loomis
    Description: N/A
    Topics: painting

    The Artist's Reading List
    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

    The Artist's Reading List
    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

    The Artist's Reading List
    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

    The Artist's Reading List
    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

    The Artist's Reading List
    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

    The Artist's Reading List
    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
    Description: N/A
    Topics: drawing

    The Artist's Reading List
    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

    The Artist's Reading List
    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

    The Artist's Reading List
    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

    The Artist's Reading List
    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

    The Artist's Reading List
    How To Draw Comics the Marvel Way

    - Stan Lee
    Description: N/A
    Topics: comics, drawing

    The Artist's Reading List
    Anatomy for the Artist

    - Sarah Simblet & John Davis
    Description: N/A
    Topics: anatomy

    The Artist's Reading List
    Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting

    - Richard Schmid
    Description: N/A
    Topics: painting


    The Artist's Reading List
    Art Spirit

    - Robert Henri
    Description: N/A
    Topics: art, painting
    Last edited by Noah Bradley; June 15th, 2011 at 01:48 PM.
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote


  2. Hide this ad by registering as a member
  3. The Following 51 Users Say Thank You to Noah Bradley For This Useful Post:

    + Show/Hide list of the thanked


  4. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Virginia, USA
    Posts
    792
    Thanks
    186
    Thanked 409 Times in 235 Posts
    The Artist's Reading List
    The Technical Pen

    - Gary Simmons
    Description: Demonstrates proper technique, care of pens, use of color, and a wide variety of strokes/textures.
    Topics: Pen Technique
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  5. The Following 8 Users Say Thank You to Aphotic Phoenix For This Useful Post:


  6. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Kiama, Australia
    Posts
    577
    Thanks
    167
    Thanked 149 Times in 75 Posts
    Nice list.

    I'll add my vote to the Harold Speed books, as well as the Richard Schmid book - good down to earth art education. The "Hawthorne on Painting" is very subjective (good if you only paint on the beach in direct sunlight) and I didn't get that much out of it personally. And "The Art Spirit", whist sometimes inspiring and full of some decent painting gems, is a bit too esoteric and 'arty farty' for my taste - I still recommend it, but I wouldn't suggest a beginner to read it looking for any practical advice.

    There's also a legal free pdf of "The Practice and Science of Drawing" on the net here -> http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/14264
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to Puck For This Useful Post:


  8. #4
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Hudson River valley, NY
    Posts
    16,211
    Thanks
    4,879
    Thanked 16,685 Times in 5,022 Posts
    Good list, Noah.

    Tristan Elwell
    **Finished Work Thread **Process Thread **Edges Tutorial

    "Work is more fun than fun."
    -John Cale

    "Art is supposed to punch you in the brain, and it's supposed to stay punched."
    -Marc Maron
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  9. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    3,432
    Thanks
    643
    Thanked 1,484 Times in 719 Posts
    Good list, couldn't disagree with most of them.

    By way of additions I'd suggest Hereward Lester Cooke- "Painting Techniques of the Masters".
    http://www.amazon.com/Painting-Techn...6818486&sr=8-9
    Attachment 616708
    Description- Curator of Painting at the National Gallery discusses a vast array of art concepts and points at masterworks to illustrate his points and observations. I'm surprised it's not more popular/widely known than it is as it's an eye opening book. I'd rate it up there with Speed or Loomis.

    Out of print but much easier to find than the likes of Loomis, used copies for 25 USD on a bad day and I've seen them as low as 10 which, for a book from the 70s with 100 colour prints and 190 b/w ones is almost robbery.

    Topics- art , general, theory, composition.
    Last edited by Flake; March 11th, 2009 at 10:12 PM.
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  10. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Flake For This Useful Post:


  11. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Virginia, USA
    Posts
    2,069
    Thanks
    992
    Thanked 2,174 Times in 754 Posts
    Aphotic Phoenix: Thanks for the contribution. Never heard of it. Have to check it out.

    Puck: Thanks. And yeah, with book recommendations it tends to get a little subjective, but that's unavoidable I guess.

    Elwell: I think a few of these books I heard about in some of your comments, so thank you, Elwell.

    Flake: Oh! Good call! Definitely one I completely overlooked, but a great read. Actually already had it on my list to check out from the library again. Thanks for adding that.
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  12. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Chicken wings.
    Posts
    298
    Thanks
    64
    Thanked 329 Times in 34 Posts
    The Artist's Reading List

    Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
    http://www.amazon.com/New-Drawing-Right-Side-Brain/dp/0874774195/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1236837343&sr=1-1

    Description: Talks about unlocking your right brain's potential. If you're just starting out the BIGGEST asset this book can give you, is to learn how to see. This is a MUST READ for beginners, but long time artists may have already seen bits and pieces of the book from elsewhere.
    Topics: Realism, Proportion, General Drawing Technique?



    This book did wonders for my understanding of art. It was a dusty old book, all wrinkly, and fading yellow. (this was the old version of the book, without the section on colors). Being a little bit older now, (I was 11 back then), I read that book, somehow understood it, and felt like I jumped 5 years ahead of all the other kids, just reading it.
    Lol, It sucks that I'm asian. I can't help it if I look like a million other people.

    My Sketchbook: Critics and Comments would be AWESOME.
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=69016
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  13. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to kool-ka-lang For This Useful Post:


  14. #8
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    1,907
    Thanks
    816
    Thanked 2,278 Times in 625 Posts
    The Artist's Reading List
    Art in Theory 1900 - 2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas

    this is not a 'how to' book by any means, but moreover my suggestion for essential understanding of concepts which have defined the role of modern art (and the many facets of Modernist art) in the 20th century. this book is like extracting the foundation of knowledge of kev's post history in a beastly 1200+ page form.

    The Artist's Reading List

    Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

    is about drawing ghosts or something.
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  15. The Following 8 Users Say Thank You to Grief For This Useful Post:


  16. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    Posts
    673
    Thanks
    116
    Thanked 220 Times in 106 Posts
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  17. The Following 6 Users Say Thank You to BRINKMAN! For This Useful Post:


  18. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    Posts
    673
    Thanks
    116
    Thanked 220 Times in 106 Posts
    I'd also like to add this little piece of advice: Borders often has good reference books in their bargain section. I got a large, hardcover, full color photo-encyclopedia of guns for $8. Yeah, I felt like a creeper buying a huge-ass gun book, but it's great reference! There's another one on WWII that I might go get too, since it's $10. Keep you eye peeled, there are some good deals in that section.
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  19. #11
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    2,060
    Thanks
    323
    Thanked 458 Times in 338 Posts
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  20. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    227
    Thanks
    1,181
    Thanked 193 Times in 75 Posts
    The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head
    The Artist's Reading List


    This is hands down the best head drawing book I've ever come across.

    The Human Figure: John H Vanderpoel
    The Artist's Reading List


    A classic. The text is dry and dense, but it has fantastic examples of how to simplify the features on the head and render form through tone. Try to find an older copy if you can; reproductions in early editions reveal much more gradation than in recent editions.

    Rendering in Pen and Ink: The Classic Book on Pen and Ink Techniques for Artists, Illustrators, Architects, and Designers
    The Artist's Reading List


    A thoroughly comprehensive book on drawing in pen and ink subjects of all kinds landscapes, portraits, architecture, etc.

    Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation
    The Artist's Reading List


    Tons of pre-production artwork for animation and a great primer on composition. An amazing resource for those studying environment design.

    The Undressed Art: Why We Draw
    The Artist's Reading List


    As the title suggests, this is not so much a how to draw book as it is a why we draw book. An insightful little read that almost seems written in defense of those who keep coming back to pencil and paper in this age of instant digital photography. This book gave me a deeper appreciation for the ritual of figure drawing and for the models who work so hard to provide us with inspiration.
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  21. The Following 7 Users Say Thank You to sfa For This Useful Post:


  22. #13
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    16
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 11 Times in 4 Posts
    The Artist's Reading List

    Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson.

    The next book you should read after New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  23. The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to gfxapprentice For This Useful Post:


Page 1 of 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Walt Disney Animation Recommended Reading List
    By Hett15 in forum ART SCHOOLS & ART EDUCATION
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: July 26th, 2012, 03:13 PM
  2. 2009 reading list (mine was 77 books)
    By Crawley in forum Artist Lounge
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: January 5th, 2010, 05:38 AM
  3. The to-do list of the artist
    By ZenitYerkes in forum ART DlSCUSSION
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: December 29th, 2009, 01:39 PM
  4. Reading list for Art Student's League of NY
    By max xiantu in forum ART DlSCUSSION
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: September 1st, 2009, 12:00 AM
  5. Replies: 7
    Last Post: April 24th, 2008, 10:59 PM

Members who have read this thread: 173

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • 424,149 Artists
  • 3,599,276 Artist Posts
  • 32,941 Sketchbooks
  • 54 New Art Jobs
Art Workshop Discount Inside

Developed Actively by vBSocial.com
SpringOfSea's Sketchbook