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    What should my (3) first art study books be?

    I am looking for the bare essentials for a beginning artist. What (3) would you all recommend?

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    Creative Illustration - Andrew Loomis. I'd start there.

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    For anatomy I'd recomend Vilppu's Drawing Manual and Loomis's Figure Drawing for All It's Worth.

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    For the most bare essentials of getting started in art, I would recommend "Drawing on the right side of the Brain." (Betty Edwards) - It should help with a very basic drawing skill, which is copying what you see, and should make further study more productive.

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    If you're starting completely from scratch-

    Perspective Made Easy - Ernest Norling
    Figure Drawing for All its Worth - Andrew Loomis
    Drawing People - Barbara Bradley

    My first drawing teacher, Brian Curtis, also has a book out that helped me a lot when I didn't know you were supposed to do things like measuring, just called Drawing from Observation. Maybe give that one a gander too.

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    Alla Prima by richard schmid should be on that list. Orientalists: Western Artists in Arabia, the Sahara, Persia & India by Kristian Davies should also be on that list.


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nah fransisco, even though those books are fucking ace ( my favoritebooks : O ) they shouldn't be on ones list for books to start out studying from.

If you can find Rex Vicat Cole's perspective for artists book, Andrew Loomis' books and
maybe something more specific on anatomy ( Hogarth's Dynamic Figures or Bridgemans Complete guide to drawing from life )
then you should be all set to study to become an artist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liffey View Post
    For anatomy I'd recomend Vilppu's Drawing Manual and Loomis's Figure Drawing for All It's Worth.
    I agree, I'dd get these two plus a perspective book - Such as the Ernest Norling one.
    I think the Vilppu book is a great book to start with, and the Loomis one is packed with valuable knowledge.

    Drawing on the right side of the brain is great for beginners too.

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    No need to settle for just 3. Loomis have been free online for quite a while now.

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    Art & Fear by David Bayles & Ted Orland (Image Continuum)
    You'll need to read this sooner or later.

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